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Chinese New Year in London

Here's where to eat, drink and celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 in London

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

Insider's tips for celebrating Chinese New Year 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.

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By: Things To Do Editors

Other Chinese New Year celebrations

Magical Lantern Festival

The UK's Chinese Lantern festival floats back to Chiswick House and Garden for a second year - this time, with VR, theatre, performances and over 50 light installations. Look out for the giant fire rooster to celebrate the New Year.

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26 Feb 2017

Find more great Chinese food around London

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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By: Time Out London Food & Drink


Mazzie Cee
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
Helen W

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