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8 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year – Year of the Rooster

Whether you'll be feasting on dim sum or sporting some Tod's limited edition Fire Rooster loafers, celebrate in style this Chinese New Year

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January 28th 2017 marks the Chinese New Year and the dawn of the year of the Fire Rooster – the tenth out of the twelve signs of the Chinese Zodiac. The crowing of the Rooster has long marked the arrival of dawn, and so the fire rooster is symbolic of punctuality and responsibility. Here’s our guide to ringing in the Chinese New Year in style…


Restaurants all over London are celebrating the event with special menus and events. Here are our top picks:


HKK feast

Is there a better way to see the new year in than with an extravagant feast? HKK doesn’t think so, as they are celebrating imperial dining for Chinese New Year 2017 with an interpretation of the ancient and extravagant emperor’s feasts. Chinese imperial feasts often lasted for several days, consisting of hundreds of dishes using the most exotic and luxurious ingredients. HKK has created The Emperor’s Feast, an elaborate eight course banquet inspired by these traditional feasts in addition to showcasing customs and traditions that took place at these ceremonies. 88 Worship St, London EC2A 2BE.


On 28th January, Hutong will serve a special ‘Double Happiness’ set four-course menu priced at £88; 8 being considered the luckiest number in Chinese tradition. Dishes will include the traditional Lo Hei mixed raw seafood salad, Shanghai wonton in a chicken broth, Jasmine tea roasted chicken, crispy de-boned lamb ribs and spiced minced pork. Wash this down with some of the ‘cockerel-tails’, created by Hutong’s bar team to mark the year of the Rooster. The dinner will be accompanied by a traditional lion dance as well as Chinese musicians and noise-makers to sing in the New Year. The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY.


Yauatcha red gateaux

The Soho dim sum teahouse will be celebrating the year of the rooster with the colour red, which is synonymous with good luck and joy in Chinese culture and symbolises the fire and fortune of the Year of the Rooster. Yauatcha has created a range of petits gateaux, alongside a red baijiu cocktail and red dim sum. Until 11 Feb, 15-17 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 0DL.


Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors in Shanghai

Beijing Chaoyang Cultural Centre

Manchester is going to town this year to celebrate Chinese New Year. They are celebrating with a four-day event filled with entertainment, food and music. The popular dragon parade will also be taking place, as will the Lanterns of the Terracotta Warrior’s exhibition, in the city’s Exchange Square.

Chinese Laundry

Chinese Laundry, the Islington restaurant run by the best friend duo, Peiran and Tongtong, is hosting a Chinese New Year dumpling masterclass to celebrate the start of the year of the rooster. Learn how to make traditional Chinese dumplings with the co-founder of Chinese Laundry and then enjoy a meal including your homemade dumplings. 107 Upper St, Islington N1 1QN.

The masterclasses will be held on the mezzanine floor of Chinese Laundry on Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th, from 7pm until 9pm. Tickets are priced at £45, to include the dumpling masterclass, cocktail and dinner (two dishes & dumplings) and can be bought online here.


From Tod’s loafers, to Annoushka charms, make sure you celebrate the Year of the Rooster in style this Chinese New Year. If you prefer something a little more authentic, head to London’s Chinatown and pick up some traditional baked goods such as moon cakes and red bean cakes, rather than your run of the mill fortune cookie to mark the occasion.

Crosstown Doughnuts

To celebrate the occasion, Crosstown doughnuts has created a special pandan doughnut with a coconut custard and pandan glaze. A nod to tradition, this is the perfect treat for those suffering through their New Year’s resolutions… Until 31 Jan.


Tod's Rooster CharmTod’s has created a limited edition collection of leather tags and charms to honour the year of the Fire Rooster, making it easy to celebrate stylishly this year. Available now worldwide.


Annoushka Fire Rooster amuletTo celebrate the event, Annoushka has added a Fire Rooster Charm to her eternally popular Mythology collection. Beautifully crafted from 18ct Yellow Gold (a lucky colour for the Rooster birth year), the charm has been hand-set with brown and black diamonds. The release of the Rooster also coincides with the launch of the first Annoushka boutique in Hong Kong, opening in February 2017. Available now for £2,200.

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