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Chinese New Year in London

Are you ready to embrace the Year of the Rat? Here are the best things to do – plus where to eat, drink and enjoy Chinese New Year 2020

By Time Out London Things To Do |
Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square

The Year of the Rat is almost upon us. That’s right, the first year of the new decade is dedicated to rodents. If you have a rat phobia, don’t let the name get you down. As always, Chinese New Year in London will be one of the most exciting events this month, full of colour, traditional lion dances, live music and a whole lot of dragons. Chinese New Year 2020 begins on Saturday January 25 but the main London celebrations fall on Sunday January 26

Here’s our round-up of parties and places to welcome in the Chinese New Year, plus tips on watching the parade. For more insider advice, be sure to read up on the best of Chinese London.

Remember, if want to visit the best restaurants in Chinatown during the New Year celebrations, you’ll need to book ahead, as the area gets incredibly busy.

RECOMMENDED: More great things to do in London this January.

Chinese New Year 2020 celebrations in London

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Chinese New Year

Various London locations, London

Welcome in the 'Year of the Rat' at this massive Chinese New Year celebration which will fill most of the West End with music, acrobatic and activities. Dragon and lion dances will kick things off on Charing Cross Road at 10am, shimmying down through the streets to China Town. At noon, Trafalgar Square’s main stages will spring into action with traditional dance shows, contemporary hip-hop acts and Chinese performers. Xin Nian Kuai Le! 

Photograph: Bang Bang Oriental
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Chinese New Year Celebrations at Bang Bang Oriental

Bang Bang Oriental, Borough of Brent

Ring in the Year of the Rat at north London’s wonderful pan-Asian food court. You’ll find lion dances, Malaysian singing and Mongolian music and dance alongside the sizzling street food. 

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Tuck into London’s best Chinese food

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London’s best Chinese restaurants

Chopsticks at the ready! There’s Cantonese dim sum, classic Beijing-style roast duck, spicy Sichuan cuisine and plenty more to choose from in our round-up of London's best Chinese food.

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