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.
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Chinese New Year 2020 celebrations in 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!
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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