It’s February. The last remnants of Christmas selection boxes have been polished off, the liquor cupboard is bare since you used the last of the rum to make hot mojitos, and your New Year’s Resolutions have been well and truly broken. Spring still feels like it’s a long way away. Just when you think the year can’t get any more dark, cold and dismal, along comes Chinese New Year in a riot of colour, paper lanterns and parades! It’s the perfect remedy for the winter blues.
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If you’re celebrating Chinese New Year in London this year, you’re in for a treat. London Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside of Asia, and this year, the year of the Goat (or Sheep) which falls on February 19th, is set to be a big one. We’ve selected some of the best events happening around the city to celebrate Chinese New Year in London.
Chinese New Year Parade
The tradition of Chinese New Year wouldn’t be complete without a parade involving a massive Chinese Dragon. The brightly coloured parade featuring acrobats, music, dance and martial arts will wind its way along Duncannon Street to Shaftesbury Avenue, with celebrations also taking place at Charing cross Road, Leicester Square and Chinatown. The multitude of outdoor festivities makes it one of the Capital’s biggest annual outdoor celebrations. The Chinese New Year parade takes place on Sunday 22nd February, starting at Trafalgar Square in London.
Celebrate the Chinese New year with a culinary adventure. Ditch the greasy takeaway you’re used to and instead dine at one of London’s finest Chinese restaurants. Gather your friends and family and immerse yourself in Chinese culture whilst indulging in fine cuisine. There are a myriad of restaurants to choose from, but a good place to start is Chinatown. Make sure you book in advance as they’re guaranteed to be busy for Chinese New Year.
Chinese Bar Crawl
London is a city awash with amazing and unique bars, so make the most of what the capital has to offer and embark on a Chinese themed bar crawl.
Pearl Liang is a sophisticated and stylish Chinese cocktail bar in Paddington, serving delicious drinks like the Lychee Martini and Eastern Promise. They’re perfect drinks to toast to the Chinese New Year with friends. Pearl Liang even has private dining rooms available to hire for Chinese New Year parties.
Opium cocktail parlour near Leicester square is the ideal destination for a tipple after watching the parade. They also serve dim sum if you’re feeling peckish. Ask for a Wild Blossom or a Blood & Sand cocktail for a true taste of the Orient.
Shanghai Blues in High Holborn lets you exercise your vocal chords. What better way to celebrate the Chinese New year than at a Chinese Karaoke bar? With private room hire available and Karaoke set menus, you’re sure to have a blast this Chinese New Year.
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