All the reasons to visit Chinatown London this Chinese New Year and beyond
The Rooster has arrived!
Happy Chinese New Year, or “Kung hei fat choi!” to all Chinatown’s visitors, past and present. Saturday 28th January 2017 welcomes in the Year of the Rooster and with a wealth of exciting celebrations and happenings in the area, there really is no better time to visit Chinatown around this very auspicious date on the calendar.
Make sure you’re part of the action by attending the main parade through central London on Sunday 29th January. Kicking off bright and early at 10am in Leicester Square, the parade will snake its way though the streets to Chinatown, flooding the West End with music, dance, colour and of course, traditional dragon costumes.
A main stage on Shaftesbury Avenue will showcase exciting performances from local talent, while craft workshops, martial art displays and food stalls in abundance will occupy the area. Of course, local restaurants and shops will be presenting exclusive Chinese New Year menus and offers too so be sure to pop into your favourite eatery to see what’s cooking!
Baijiu Cocktail Week will be running concurrently throughout Chinese New Year as well. An ancient Chinese distilled grain spirit with sweet and citrusy notes, baijiu is making mixology waves across the Western world. Visit Opium on Gerrard Street to sample their bespoke Hong Kong Spring Punch cocktail, featuring Mount Baijiu, lychee, lemongrass, raspberry and champagne.
Want to explore Chinese New Year a bit further afield? The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is hosting a fun day of creative and crafty Chinese New Year workshops on 11th February from 11.30am and the Barbican will be showcasing the extraordinary sounds of the Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra and Zhejiang Traditional Orchestra on 17th February as part of The Grand Chinese New Year Concert.
From amazing cultural events at the China Exchange, stunning cocktails at the elusive Experimental Cocktail Club to Asian wonder-emporiums like SeeWoo or Loon Fung, don’t forget Chinatown is much more than just restaurants. Of course, it’s still the Capital’s number one destination for authentic Chinese and pan Asian cuisine: best of all, it’s open all year round.
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