Chinese New Year in London

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Chinese New Year in Chinatown
Jackie Chan wax figure at Madame Tussauds
Chinese New Year at BFI Southbank
London's Chinese New Year
London's Chinese New Year


Chinese New Year celebrations in London attract around 300,000 people and extend beyond Chinatown into the city's cultural institutions and lighting up the London Eye.

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London's Chinese New Year

The colourful parade ends at Trafalgar Square where free entertainment is laid on.

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 26th January 2020


Chinese New Year in London is one of the most spectacular in the West with over 300,000 people taking part in the celebrations across the capital last year. This year, the Year of the Horse, Chinese New Year falls on 31st January and the London celebrations take place on the Sunday following, 2nd February 2014, with a number of activities taking place in Chinatown, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Square.

Festivities begin at 10am with a parade led by the Lucky Money God which starts at Duncannon Street, moving along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue before arriving at its final destination in Chinatown.

An official opening ceremony then takes place at 12 noon in Trafalgar Square with speeches from special guests. Once officially opened, the real celebrations kick off with Dragon dancing, music and performances on the Trafalgar Square stage. One of the main attractions in 2014 is the Little Red Flower Art Troupe, a group of talented children from Nanjing, China who will perform a variety show.

A second stage on Shaftesbury Avenue in Chinatown, set up for performances by local performers, will also host the Beijing Young Cultural Ambassadors who make their London debut performing a traditional Chinese opera.


Chinese New Year in Chinatown

Head to a stall-covered Chinatown for fun, firecrackers and dragon dancing.


Chinatown itself is always at the centre of the Chinese New Year party in London. Join the throng in a stall-covered Chinatown for fun and firecrackers on and around Gerrard Street, Lisle Street and Shaftesbury Avenue where there are impromptu parties, food stalls and lion dancing. Traditional craft stalls and food stands are set up outside restaurants and a lion dance snakes its way through the throngs of visitors on Sunday 2nd February 2014, stopping by restaurants to wish the owners good luck for the coming year. The Chinese Community Centre will also be staging a mini festival in Horse & Dolphin Yard for the day featuring a tombola, a pinata, Chinese calligraphy and live performances featuring Tai Chi, Taekwondo, Chinese classical music, drumming and dancing.


Chinese New Year at the London Eye

The London Eye will be lit red and gold to celebrate the Year of the Horse.

London Eye , Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB

Tube: Embankment Underground Station , Westminster Station, Waterloo Station


Dates: 30th January 2014


The UK's most popular paid for visitor attraction, the London Eye, will be holding a special Chinese New Year event on Thursday 30th January 2014, Chinese New Year's Eve. As well as a programme of traditional Chinese acts including Chinese opera singers and martial artists performing from 5.30pm, the 135 metre (443 foot) Eye - which is visited by an average of 10,000 people a day - will be lit red and gold to celebrate the Year of the Horse.


Chinese New Year at Madame Tussauds

Wax works of Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee come to London.

Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London, NW1 5LR

Tube: Baker Street Station , Regent's Park Station


Dates: 31st January - 01st February 2014


The wax figures of Chinese martial arts masters Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee will travel from Hong Kong and Shanghai to Madame Tussauds in London to welcome in the Chinese New Year on 29th January 2014. One of the many events being held in London to mark Chinese New Year, the waxworks take up residence in London in time to welcome in The Year of the Horse on Friday 31st January. But the biggest celebration will be on Saturday 1st February when lion dancers perform and the historic building will be lit up in lucky red. Guests can also see what's in store for them in the coming year with a free fortune cookie (while supplies last) and have their picture take alongside the martial arts legends who will remain in London until mid April 2014.


Chinese New Year at BFI Southbank

Season of films from Feng Xiaogang, the most successful filmmaker in China today.

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 03rd - 21st February 2014


Marking the Chinese New Year celebrations, the British Film Institute will be presenting 'Spectacular China', a season of films from Feng Xiaogang, a man often compared with Steven Spielberg, and arguably the most successful filmmaker in China today. The first person from mainland China to have his hands and feet immortalised in cement at Hollywood's Chinese Theatre, Feng's films include 'Back to 1942' (tipped for the Best Foreign Language film at this year's Academy Awards), his 2008 romantic comedy 'If You Are the One', and the darker 'Aftershock' (2010). Feng Xiaogang himself appears 'in conversation' on the BFI stage on Friday 21st February 2014. This February programme comes ahead of a four month China season at the BFI, presented in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival.


Baijiu Cocktail Week

London's first ever Baijiu Cocktail Week coincides with Chinese New Year 2014.


London's first ever Baijiu Cocktail Week kicks off on 31st January 2014 coinciding with Chinese New Year and carries on until 13th February with special Chinese cocktails to sample at seven bars across London. Never heard of Baijiu? Well, now's your chance to get acquainted with the ancient alcoholic Chinese drink through a selection of cocktails created by Marlowe Harris, head barman from the Evans & Peel Detective Agency. He's come up with a menu of inventive baijiu-based cocktails including The Monkey King, Silver Lion, and old classics like the Thirsty Dragon - a light and refreshing dry fruit punch combining baijiu with bitters, apple juice and fresh orange. London bars taking part are Bright Courtyard, Evans & Peel, Kench & Bibesy, Opium, Peony and Steam & Rye - Nick House and Kelly Brook's vast new City bar.


Chinese New Year at London's Restaurants

Feast on Chinese delicacies at top restaurants Hutong, Hakasan and Spice Market.


Many London restaurants will be celebrating Chinese New Year with special menus - you won't have to go further than Chinatown to enjoy authentic Chinese cooking. But if you want to push the boat out go for renowned London restaurants like Hutong, Hakasan, China Tang at the Dorchester, or Min Jiang, the Chinese restaurant which occupies the 10th floor of the Royal Garden Hotel overlooking Kensington Gardens. Not only does it have has breathtaking views but the menu reads like a feast with delicacies like wood-fired Beijing duck, tobiko caviar and blue swimmer crab. Closer to all the action, Spice Market in the W hotel which backs onto Chinatown is serving Asian-inspired Sunday Brunch which includes Asian takes on classic brunch dishes like Pork belly eggs Benedict with green chilli and yuzu hollandaise and pandan waffle with coconut cream and salted caramel.


Chinese New Year: Yin Yang Collective

An accessible introduction to Chinese music in the atmospheric Brunel Museum.

Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, Southwark, London, SE16 4LF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station , Canada Water Station


Dates: 29th January 2014


In the atmospheric Brunel Museum the Yin Yang Collective plays its enchanting music from the Far East on Wednesday 29th January to welcome in the Chinese New Year which falls on Friday 31st January in 2014. Using the xiao (flute), guzheng (zither) & erhu (two-stringed fiddle) with piano and guitar, the east west fusion band present an accessible introduction to Chinese music that takes you on a journey down the Silk Road and beyond. If you can't make it to this concert but you'd still like to see The Yin Yang Collective, you can catch them at a second Chinese New Year concert at Asia House on Thursday 6th February.

Chinese New Year in London
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