Chinese New Year in London
Planning a trip to London is a fantastic getaway at any time of year, but it is particularly exciting when there is a special event happening in the city.
People all over the world come together to celebrate Chinese New Year and London is no different. Whether you have ties to the country or not, this event is a brilliant way to spend a weekend with your loved ones.
Home to the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia, people from around the UK will be coming to London to mark the start of the year of the rooster, and you can be part of it.
Every year a fabulous and vibrant parade goes through the heart of London to celebrate Chinese New Year. Starting at 10am, music, acrobatics, activities and pyrotechnics will fill the city's iconic West End, with a grand parade starting at Trafalgar Square and weaving its way to the centre of Chinatown.
Guests that follow the lion dancers to the parade's destination will be able to sample dishes from a variety of food stands and experience some more traditional Chinese entertainment. From martial arts displays to musical performances and dance workshops, there will be plenty to keep you and your family busy.
If the idea of the bustling crowds around the parade is a little too much for you and your young family, don't worry, there are plenty of family-friendly activities to celebrate Chinese New Year. Mark the year of the Rooster at Greenwich's National Maritime Museum, where you can get involved in a number of workshops or family-friendly events to learn more about the historical relationship between the UK and China. You could also visit the nearby Cutty Sark, which is hosting a paper-folding workshop.
Of course, the restaurants in Chinatown will be fairly busy with people of all ages popping in from the parade. If you fancy something a little more low-key, but with all the same fantastic flavours of the Orient, then our very own Min Jiang may be exactly what you're after.
With a fabulous nine-course banquet awaiting guests, you can taste some of the best Chinese cuisine in the capital. All of our dishes, which are only available for a limited time around Lunar New Year, are based on ingredients that symbolise good fortune and prosperity.
Min Jiang’s legendary Beijing Duck, cooked in a wood-fired oven and carved at the table, can also be pre-ordered to give your meal that something extra special.
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