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Chinese New Year in London

Excited for the Year of the Dog? Here are best events and things to do, plus where to eat, drink and celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 in London

The Year of the Dog is here in 2018 and, as usual, Chinese New Year in London will be one of the most exciting events in February, full of colour, noise and a whole lot of dragons. Chinatown will be bulging with decorations and dancers to mark the start of the Chinese New Year (which begins on Friday February 16 2018). 

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

Remember, if you’re hoping for a meal at one of the best restaurants in Chinatown during the New Year celebrations, you'll need to book ahead, as the area gets incredibly busy.

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By: Time Out London Food & Drink


Mazzie Cee tastemaker

Yesterday saw a brilliant start to the Chinese New Year celebrations. For the first time I saw the Lion Dance in Chinatown. It was really cool to see how the dancers prepped prior the dance and the ‘blessing’ they got before they got started. It was fascinating to see businesses offer red packets and lettuce for the lions.  Chinatown was awash with colour and had a great vibe. Shops sell special rooster trinkets and toys. As expected it is very crowded so get there early to get a good spot if you want to watch the dances and look after your bag. 

Helen W

I thought it was the year of the goat, not the year of the sheep .... maybe I'm wrong?