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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Vintage Vauxhall Monthly Market
Based in the former HQ of the London Fire Brigade in Vauxhall, this vintage market fills the cavernous space on the second Sunday of every month. Up to 60 traders set up shop with a variety of retro furniture, fashion, lighting, textiles, jewellery, vinyl, accessories, kitchenware, silverware, toys, artwork and more. Get kitsch bits for outdoors from Abbey Garden Furniture, beautfiul books from Simon Ellis, and pick up some ever-so-popular midcentury pieces from Mid Century Modern Collection.
Venue says: “Vauxhall vintage and antiques Sunday markets, 10am-4pm, free entry. Public and dealers welcome.”