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Where To Celebrate Chinese New Year In London

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Where To Celebrate Chinese New Year In London

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As the 25th January marks the first day of the Chinese New Year, festivities will be kicking off around the world. Wondering how to get involved with the celebrations? A number of events, bespoke menus and parties are happening across London, so we’ve rounded up the best to ensure you ring in the year of the rat in style…

10 Things to Do in London This Week

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  • W London’s ‘One Night in Shanghai'

    W London’s ‘One Night in Shanghai’

    What? Located just yards away from the hustle and bustle of Chinatown, Leicester Square’s The Perception at W London is hosting a Shanghai-inspired Chinese New Year party like no other; celebrate into the early hours with a live DJ, dragon dancers and Eastern-influenced cocktails aplenty.

    Where? W London, 10 Wardour St, London W1D 6QF

    When? 25 January, 9pm until late

  • Fortnum & Mason at The Royal Exchange

    The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant at Royal Exchange

    What? We’re always looking for an excuse to visit the spectacular Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant at the Royal Exchange, and what better a reason than their Lunar New Year menu? For £75 you can delight in a range of celebratory Chinese dishes, from shiitake mushroom to peking duck dumplings and delicious Chinese doughnuts with stem ginger crème fraiche, not forgetting Fortnum’s truffles.

    Where? The Courtyard, The, Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR

  • Ivy Asia

    The Ivy Asia, St. Paul’s

    What? The bright-coloured late-night restaurant and bar will be hosting a Chinese New Year soirée with dancers, a live DJ and five specially curated cocktails: ‘Fire, Earth, Water, Metal and Wood’. Guests can also dive into to an array of new dishes, from truffle Kung Pao chicken to a picture-perfect golden giant fortune cookie.

    Where? The Ivy Asia, St. Paul’s, 20 New Change, London EC4M 9AD

    When? 25 January

  • Lucky-&-Joy

    Lucky & Joy

    What? Celebrating the first Chinese New Year in their brand new Clapton residence, Lucky & Joy have put together a delicious set menu in the lead up to the big day with each dish promising a virtue; for good fortune, opt for the turnip cake with shiitake, black vinegar and a soft egg and for prosperity, the grilled sea bass with pickled and salted chillies.

    Where? Lucky & Joy, 95 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0NP

    When? 25 January


  • The Wave Bar Park Chinois

    Park Chinois

    What? Lion dancers, Chinese drummers, inviting cocktails and signature dumplings; Chinese New Year at Berkeley Street’s sumptuous Park Chinois simply can’t go amiss. Escape to 1930s Shanghai at this Eastern supper club-inspired extravaganza.

    Where? Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8EA

    When? 22 January – 2 February 2020


  • Duke of York Square

    Duke of York Square

    What? A Chinese New Year Food Market featuring an array of traditional Eastern dishes, from delicious spring rolls to dumplings and Banh Khot. The annual lion dance will also be returning to enhance the celebrations.

    Where? Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London

    When? 25 January, 10am – 4pm


  • Kym’s

    What? Head to Kym’s for a delicious five course feast from Michelin starred chef Andrew Wong – think traditional Chinese dumplings, typhoon shelter mushroom, Buddha’s Delight (a warming vegetable hot pot) and delectable yuzu layered cake – along with prize-filled fortune cookies and elegant settings with hundreds of red lanterns floating over and amongst the bar’s iconic cherry blossom tree.

    Where? Kym’s, 19 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR

    When? Until 9 February

    Image: Rebecca Hope

  • Camden Market

    Camden Market

    What? Camden Market’s ‘Asian Alleys’ have been given a makeover just in time for Chinese New Year, now encompassing two arches and offering more Eastern-inspired indulgence than ever before, from Thai to Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian and more. Head there on the 25th for a Chinese New Year celebration featuring live performances, delicious Chinese dishes and lucky ‘Red Packets’ containing complimentary surprises.

    Where? Camden Market

    When? 25 January

  • Bubble Wrap


    What? Chinatown’s go-to for those with a persistent sweet tooth, BubbleWrap creates deliciously Instagramable ‘bubble’-style waffles with the likes of matcha, strawberries, and black sesame gelato. For those who sway towards savoury, indulge in an original base adorned with bacon gelato, cream and fried shallots; the perfect pit stop throughout the Chinese New Year parade.

    Where? BubbleWrap, 24 Wardour St, London W1D 6QJ


  • Plum Valley

    Plum Valley

    What? Delicious contemporary Cantonese food and drink – try the jasmine tea smoked baby pork ribs with a lychee martini  – served within a modern and stylish setting, just a minute’s walk from Chinatown. Plus, the restaurant boasts four private karaoke rooms for when you’ve garnered a little ‘dutch courage’. Head there for a special feast after the Chinese New Year parade.

    Where? 20 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JQ


  • Opium


    What? Want to celebrate Chinese New Year but aren’t a fan of crowds? Chinatown’s ritzy 1920s Shanghai-inspired cocktail bar encompasses the best of both worlds; a not-so-secret drinking spot overlooking the vibrant streets of Chinatown, both immersed and removed from all the action. Sit back and relax with a special Chinese New Year cocktail; ‘The Great Race’ features the likes of lychee, rose ginger and Perrier Jouet champagne.

    Where? Opium, 15-16 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JE

    When? The exclusive Chinese New Year 2020 cocktail menu is available from 20 – 26 January


  • Ping Pong

    Ping Pong

    What? The Chinese restaurant – renowned for its delicious dim sum, dumplings and bao buns – is adding a range of bespoke dishes in celebration of Chinese New Year, from duck hoisin buns to vegan ​spicy seitan and vegetable dumplings, and chocolate pancakes with raspberry coulis. What’s more, with every purchase of the new Finlandia vodka and sake-infused ‘Wish Upon a Cherry’ cocktail, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Make A Wish Foundation. Each cocktail will feature a label for guests to include a wish, in which one will be granted to the value of £500. A happy New Year indeed.

    Where? All Ping Pong locations across London

    When? 14 January – 10 March