Chinese New Year in London
The Year of the Sheep is upon us – here's where to eat, drink and celebrate Chinese New Year in 2015
The Chinese Year of the Sheep is imminent (it takes place on Thursday February 19 2015) and, as usual, London's Chinese community will be celebrating in style. The Sunday after the big day is when the capital's festivities kick off, when decorations, dragons, music and dancing take over Chinatown.
Everyone’s welcome to join in the celebrations, of course. But if you’re hoping to enjoy a meal in one of London's best Chinese restaurants, you’ll definitely need to book ahead.
Celebrate Chinese New Year in the capital
London’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations, the biggest in the world outside China, bring a great swathe of Chinatown to riotous life once again for 2015. There will be a small ceremonial event on Saturday February 21, but the majority of the festivities will take place on Sunday February 22. Expect a parade, traditional acts from China and dragon dancers weaving their way through the crowds. Chinatown itself will go bonkers, with New Year-themed decorations, special menus and events at its 100-odd restaurants, bars, cafes and shops and all sort of food and craft stalls colonising the streets.
This comedy night's only real connection to Chinese New Year is that they promise one of the acts on the bill will have been to China at least once. A shameless hook, then! On the bill are Ivo Graham, Phil Wang and Twins.
As the Year of the Sheep kicks off over-18s are invited to spend an evening at the Horniman Museum to celebrate Chinese New Year with heaps of contemporary and traditional culture. A secret gallery of work by Aowen Jin can be discovered with the help of a UV torch, see a Western-influenced version of Chinese ribbon dance, enjoy live music performances on both traditional and electronic instruments and plenty more art and exhibits besides. Cocktail bars will be serving all evening and there'll be a Chinese menu in the Horniman Café and street food on the Conservatory terrace.
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