Friday, 17, January 2020
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Celebrate Chinese New Year in London
Enjoy cultural traditions as you celebrate the Lunar Year in the city.
2020 New Year celebrations don’t just stop after the countdown in London. With such a melting pot of cultures, Chinese New Year is celebrated in the city all throughout the month of January. Get ready to celebrate in style with our top pick of events happening in the capital.
Dragon Dancers in China Town
Every year London’s West End becomes the major attraction for all Londoners as they enjoy a colourful parade to bring in the Chinese New Year. For an energetic day filled with delicious traditional Chinese food, free stage performances and the chance to wish each other a Happy New Year, Chinatown and Trafalgar Square are the places to be. Join in the fun on the 26thJanuary, celebrating London’s Lunar Year festivities, which are the largest outside of Asia and Welcome 2020’s Year of the Rat on the lively streets of London.
Image via Visit London
Chinese New Year Family Festival at Museum of London Docklands
For some family-friendly fun to celebrate the annual festivities, head down to London’s original Chinatown in Limehouse, on both the 8 & 9thof February to celebrate at this free family festival. Based at the Museum of London Docklands, which is just a stone’s throw away from West India Quay station, the Lunar New Year celebrations will be in full swing,
Enjoy live performances, martial art demonstrations, creative workshops and much more over this weekend, as the perfect way to introduce your little ones to the authentic traditions of the New Year and Chinese culture. Open to all ages from 11am, with some events available to book in advance online, drop by for a day filled with fun exploration.
Image via Museum of London
Chinese New Year Supper Club
If you’re a real foodie, then look no further than the Central Street Cookery School’s Supper Club, paying homage to the Chinese New Year. Learn and cook delicious Chinese recipes with friends during this 3-hour interactive feast starting from 6.30pm on the 24thJanuary.
Enjoy the festive New Year celebration at this adult-only class located just a short walk from Old Street, Angel and Barbican tube stations. Cook, eat and enjoy cultural traditions from just £5, with tickets available online and the option to BYOB.
Image Via Central Street Cookery School
Celebrate the launch of DRGN at John Lewis
To mark the start of Chinese New Year, join John Lewis and Partners at their department store for an afternoon of celebrations, as they launch their new drink DRGN, just in time for the festivities.
Located in the Oxford Street store, the store will welcome a free tasting to promote their turmeric-based drink and a live performance by traditional Chinese dragon dancers from 12-2pm.
Image via Eventbrite
Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea at Harrods
Delve into the delicacies of Chinese traditions with a themed Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea at the luxury retail store Harrods as they celebrate the Year of the Rat with a delicious offering.
Known to be one of the most luxurious department stores in London, Harrods will be transforming their Tea Rooms menu on the fourth floor to feature an exclusive selection for guests to enjoy. Dine on specially made chocolates inspired by the Chinese game of mahjong, as well as sandwiches and pastries served alongside apricot jam using Fenjiu. A truly delectable treat ready and waiting to be enjoyed for an authentic taste of China.
Running from 11th January through to 8thFebruary, head down to enjoy a slightly different afternoon tea to fill your weekend.
Image via Harrods