Watch the Parades
While the New Year falls on February 16th, most elaborate festivities will take place on Sunday 18th. Starting in London’s Charing Cross at 10am, the streets will be graced with Fanta-coloured floats, a famed dragon and oriental costume leading into the hub of the celebration in London’s Chinatown. Along the way you’ll be presented with lion dances and lively music.
The city’s famous Trafalgar Square has a whole itinerary of events starting from 12pm, while nearby on Shaftesbury Avenue you’ll see a showcase of Tai Chi Chuan; a form of martial arts.
Exclusively, from February 16th - 25th, the Dominion Theatre is hosting special performances of New York-based Classical Chinese dance group ‘Shen Yun’. A dance that is now banned in China but takes place in other corners of the world. On Oxford Street, you’ll find Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple offering a Dharma service on February 16th with vegetarian meals and lanterns for your celebration.
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Where to Dine
Granted the city has a plethora of great Chinese dining haunts but in order to feel the city come alive in this grand celebration head to Chinatown, where streets will be filled with parades and bright lights. Here you can savour some of the best Dim Sum, rice dishes and Asian Desserts. For the eloquent diner The Duck and Rice in Soho offers vibrant Asian dishes in a stylish setting. Savour their New Year special dishes of braised moi choi pork belly with twice daily lion dances during the weekend of the New Year.
For authentic Chinese dishes, Yauachta in the City will be serving up a celebratory menu in light of the New Year. Expect fancy dishes, ornate decorations and elegant macaroons. Exclusively running until March 4th, the establishment will be featuring art installations of some of the most unusual lights. Over in London’s Mayfair, Kai’s ambience is of a very different story, with plush furnishings and close attention to decorations of red and gold, and some of the most sought after Chinese cuisine that is yet to be served elsewhere.
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