The Year of the Rooster is coming up for 2017 and, as usual, Chinese New Year in London will be one of the most exciting events in January, full of colour, noise and dragons. Chinatown will once again be bulging with decorations and dancers to mark the start of the Chinese New Year (it begins on January 28 2017, but the main parade through central London takes place on January 29 2017).
Everyone is welcome to join the party, of course, but if you’re hoping for a delicious meal at one of London's top Chinese restaurants, you’ll definitely need to book ahead, as things get busy – like, really busy.
In the meantime, here's our round-up of parties and places to welcome in the Chinese New Year. And don't forget to tell us your favourite Chinese places in London and share your tips with others.
Chinese New Year 2017 celebrations
London’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations, the biggest in the world outside China, bring a swathe of Chinatown to riotous life once again for 2017 and the Year of the Rooster. The parade along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue begins at 10am and then continues around central London. Read more info about the route and event details here.
Make cut paper decorations, make a zodiac mobile, listen to Chinese fairytales and take part in a dragon dance at this free family day for the new year of the rooster.
Long Yu conducts the orchestra, with violinists Maxim Vengerov and Paloma So, for works by Huanzhi Li, Gong Chen, Charles Gounod, Tianhua Liu, Huang Tzu, Sergey Rachmaninov, Alexandr Borodin and Pablo De Sarasate.
The Chinese Year of the Rooster is upon us, and the NMM will once again be celebrating British East Asian heritage with workshops, performances and activities for families. It's the perfect place to learn more about our long history of trade and cultural exchange with China.