Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the Chinese New Year falls on the 28th of January this year and, as with all years, the celebrations are colourful and exciting! Whether you’re interested in the Chinese New Year, the year of the rooster, whether you want to spend a lot or a little, we’ve got some fun activities!
For a traditional celebration, head to Chinatown on the 29th of January and see the Chinese New Year parade. You can expect music, performers, elaborate costumes and, of course, the Chinese dragon to show himself. Follow the parade or wait in a little spot outside to see the whole parade as it passes. If it’s particularly chilly, you should watch from the window of a restaurant. We recommend Golden Dragon ourselves and, though it’s not very Chinese, in fact it’s Irish, trusty pub O’Neils will be nice and warm!
Another fantastic and free spot to catch the Chinese New Year fun is by the London Eye. All week there will be performances, music and activities for you to feast your eyes upon whether in passing or for some time. From dancers to dragons, and the traditional red and gold everything, it’s a great spot to stop for a drink and if you’re a family then it’s even better! Avoid the hustle and bustle of Chinatown and opt for the fun Chinese characters that will be around for children’s entertainment. There is even a chance of meeting Kung Fu Panda!
If you want it all, and by ‘all’ we’re referring to a warm place to wait it out, some tasty food, drinks and a very Chinese experience, then head to Chinese Laundry. This popular eatery is opening its doors to those willing to learn how to make Chinese dumplings! Get stuck in, learning your new skill and, even better, your £45 ticket earns you a two course dinner with a cocktail as well! This is a delicious two-hour event and a great way to bring in the New Year!
From all of us here, at List of Life, we wish you a very happy Chinese New Year! You can find more information here.