Celebrating Chinese New Year in London
In the 1700s, today’s Chinatown area was a meadow where the Duke of Monmouth hunted (the hunting cry ‘Soho!’ gave the wider area its name). After the original Chinatown in Limehouse, east London was bombed during World War II, many moved to Soho for the low rents and, after being officially recognised as Chinatown in 1985, it is now Europe’s largest.
So, if you want to celebrate Chinese New Year, you’ve come to the right city…
The main event, 10 Feb
Chinese New Year 2019 is on Tuesday 5 February and London is celebrating in a big way on Sunday 10 February, with a Chinatown parade and a free festival in Trafalgar Square.
Family events at The National Gallery, 10 Feb
This gallery is also in Trafalgar Square so if you are bringing children, take them inside for fun, free activities throughout the day such as fan-making, storytelling and dumpling workshops.
www.nationalgallery.org.uk | WC2N 5DN
Chocolate Jian Dui at Ping Pong restaurants, 5-19 Feb
These fried rice-flour balls are a typical dessert for Chinese New Year, so Ping Pong has created a special menu that includes these chocolate versions.
www.pingpongdimsum.com | Bow Bells House, Covent Garden, Marylebone, Shepherd’s Bush, Soho, Southbank, St Katharine Docks, Wembley
Special set menu at Baozi Inn, 5-19 Feb
This restaurant’s Chinese New Year set menu costs £29.50 per person and includes sweet-and-sour spare ribs, a dim sum platter, seabass fillet with salted chillies and dan dan noodles.
www.baoziinn.com | W1D 5AH
Chinese food market at Duke of York Square, 9 Feb
Head to Chelsea to browse all sorts of tempting things to eat between 10am and 4pm, as well as a Chinese lion dance and the chance to meet Peppa Pig (it is the Year of the Pig, after all).
www.dukeofyorksquare.com | SW3 4LY
Red envelopes at Royal China Restaurants, 5 Feb
There are six Royal Chinas in London and if you dine on the first day of the Year of the Pig, your table will receive a special red envelope. Inside, you might find a £100 voucher, a bottle of Champagne or a free glass of wine.
www.royalchinagroup.co.uk | Baker St, Canary Wharf, Fulham, Harrow on the Hill, Marylebone, Queensway
Yu Sheng at Rasa Sayang, 22 Jan-19 Feb
This Singaporean-Malaysian restaurant serves yu sheng during Chinese New Year. It’s a raw salmon salad which is made by theatrically tossing ingredients into the air for good luck. We tried it ourselves and it was delicious! Watch our Instagram video below.
www.rasasayangfood.com | W1D 6AY
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