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Chinese New Year in London

Here's where to eat, drink and celebrate Chinese New Year 2017 in London

© Chinese New Year 2012

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 Chinese New Year Parade

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.

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Various , London Sunday January 29 2017

Magical Lantern Festival

The UK's Chinese Lantern festival floats back to Chiswick House and Garden for a second year - this time, with VR, theatre, performances and over 50 light installations. Look out for the giant fire rooster to celebrate the New Year.

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Chiswick House and Gardens , Chiswick Thursday January 19 2017 - Sunday February 26 2017

National Maritime Museum: Chinese New Year

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.

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National Maritime Museum , Greenwich Saturday February 4 2017 - Sunday February 5 2017

Cutty Sark Chinese New Year Celebrations

Celebrate the Chinese year of the Rooster with our paper-cutting workshop. Fold, draw and cut out amazing shapes to decorate your home and learn about lucky colours and images in Chinese culture.

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Cutty Sark , Greenwich Saturday February 4 2017 - Sunday February 5 2017

Pick the perfect Chinatown restaurant

Where to eat in Chinatown

So many chopstick and rice parlours; so hard to know which one to choose. But Time Out’s food and drink reviewers have eaten at all of them – many times, over many years  – to produce this definitive list on the best places to eat.

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By: Time Out London Food & Drink


Helen W
Helen W

I thought it was the year of the goat, not the year of the sheep .... maybe I'm wrong?