Chinese New Year in London

Feeling ready for the Year of the Pig? Here are best things to do, plus where to eat and drink and enjoy Chinese New Year 2019 in London
Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square
By Time Out London Things To Do |

The Year of the Pig is here in 2019 and, as always, Chinese New Year in London will be one of the most exciting events in February, full of colour, traditional lion dances, live music and a whole lot of dragons. The start of the Chinese New Year begins on Tuesday February 5 2019 but the main London celebrations fall on Sunday February 10 2019

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 want to make a pig of yourself at 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 2019 celebrations in London

Things to do, Festivals

Chinese New Year Parade

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Welcome in the 'Year of the Pig' 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. More about the grub? Food trucks will also be stationed there and restaurants in Chinatown will have special festive treats on their menus. 

Things to do, Performances

Chinese New Year Lion Dance at Asia House

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Welcome the Year of Pig watching the Shaolin Fists Lion Dance Troupe perform as another powerful animal. Starting outside the main doors of Asia House, the Lion Dance will weave its way through the building to the sounds of drums, cymbals and a gong. Don’t miss it picking up five lucky oranges along the way. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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Tuck into London’s best Chinese food

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Restaurants, Chinese

London’s best Chinese restaurants

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