Welcome in the 'Year of the Rooster' at this massive Chinese New Year celebration which will fill most of the West End with music, acrobatics, activities and pyrotechnics. A grand parade featuring lion dance teams will set off from Trafalgar Square, weaving its way up to the buzzing heart of Chinatown. On Wardour Street and Gerrard Street you’ll find craft stalls, Chinese food stands and more traditional dance, plus a stage on Shaftesbury Avenue will host local up-and-coming talent. Families should head to Charing Cross Road where there’ll be musical performances and martial arts displays as well as crafts and workshops.
The party will kick off at 10am, with performances ranging from comedy to acrobatics. Naturally the 100-odd restaurants, bars and cafés in the area will be celebrating too, with special menus and their own events on offer, though the event is usually extremely popular so expect to queue for your noodles. You can practise your Cantonese while you wait. Altogether now: Kung Hei Fat Choy!
See our guide to Chinese New Year in London
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