If you’re not too busy celebrating soppy stuff on February 14 you might like to welcome in the Year of the Monkey 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 ten lion dance teams will set of from Trafagar Square at 10am, 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 from Chinese Young Culture Ambassadors and a martial arts display as well as crafts and workshops.
Trafalgar Square’s party will go off with a bang on the main stage at noon – they’ve bought in some firecrackers especially. The line-up of performances includes gravity-defying high pole dances, comedy and acrobatics from Szechuan Opera and a monkey-themed finale involving fireworks and a light projection on Nelson’s Column. 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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Great informative review especially as we live in Wiltshire , it felt like we were taking part to the extent that we have since booked a hotel and will now be joining in the wonderful celebrations! Thanks so much see you on Sunday!
Really useful and gave me the information I needed to plan my day. Popup at the start were confusing.
Very interesting, useful information. I haven't been in the chinese new year celebrations but i'm definitely going this year!
Very interesting and relevant but there could be more detail, especially on the route of the parade, and perhaps a link to a website with more details.