The Year of the Dog is coming up for 2018 and, as usual, Chinese New Year in London will be one of the most exciting events in February, full of colour, noise and dragons. Chinatown will be bulging with decorations and dancers to mark the start of the Chinese New Year (it begins on Friday February 16 2018).
Remember, if you’re hoping for a meal at one of the best restaurants in Chinatown during the parade, you'll need to book ahead, as things seriously busy.
Here's our round-up of parties and places to welcome in the Chinese New Year, including tips on watching the parade. And for more insider advice, remember to read-up on the best of Chinese London.
Chinese New Year 2018 in central London
What's the best way to enjoy the incredible but incredibly busy Chinese New Year Parade through central London? Joseph Wu from the London Chinatown Chinese Association – the group that organises the Chinatown festivities – gives us his insider knowlege on where and how to celebrate.
Other Chinese New Year celebrations
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The Soho branch of a chain of nine London venues evoking – yep, you guessed it – the classic US diner. That means an aesthetic nod to the '50s, mostly from booth seating, Chuck Berry posters and menu items advertised on a retro marquee. The food is diner fare too, albeit with plenty of dude-food influence. Expect, then, buttermilk pancakes, breakfast burritos and baskets of wings, corn dogs and tater tots with bacon and jalapeno alongside baby back ribs, fried pork and waffles and a large range of burgers and hot dogs. Desserts include a raspberry ripple cheesecake and banana splits. The drinks list offers a good craft beer selection, including drops from Camden Town Brewery, Beavertown, Brooklyn and Lagunitas. Hard shakes, cocktails, hard teas and a few wines also feature but if you're looking for drinks-that-double-as-desserts then a Snickers shake (three scoops of chocolate ice cream, Nutella, peanut butter and maple syrup) should just about do it.