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Where To Celebrate Chinese New Year In London

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Where To Celebrate Chinese New Year In London

Featuring chocolate piggy banks, fortune macarons and lion dancers


As today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year, festivities are 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 pig in style…



The Shard’s award-winning, sky-high Chinese restaurant Hutong have created a bespoke menu courtesy of Chef Fei Wang. Guests can dine on dishes like slow cooked lamb rack, sweet and sour dove sole and pickled fried rice, before tucking into their table’s special piggy bank, which will be filled with chocolate coins – all while drinking in the spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of London. 4-25 February, £88pp

China Tang at The Dorchester

The Dorchester’s China Tang are transporting guests back to the gilded glamour of 1930s Shanghai with a sumptuous ten-course banquet, complete with colourful decorations, traditional lion dancers and fortune cookies. Each dish has symbolic connotations: the siu main dumplings with preserved oyster and sea moss, for instance, reflect good times and prosperity, while the suckling pig is emblematic of affluence and fortune. Guests will also be given fortune cookies, providing opportunities to win prizes including a £500 gift towards spending in the private dining rooms. 4-5 February, £188pp, vegetarian menu available at £108

Park Chinois

Mayfair hotspot Park Chinois will be ringing in the year of the pig in true opulence, with a bespoke menu created by Executive Chef Lee Che Liang. Guests can dine on roasted suckling pig, roast duck, Sweet Piggy Bao Buns, and truffle and steamed wild sea bass while enjoying a spectacular show of traditional Chinese drummers and lion dancers. 2-10 February, £128pp


Hakkasan have pulled out all the stops this Chinese New Year with a set of specially created fortune macarons, each of which features a fortune written by author Will Self. Enjoy after an impressive 8-course menu of iconic Cantonese dishes, from wok-fried lobster with spinach and lily bulb to crispy suckling pig with sticky rice. 28 January-24 February, £88pp

XU Teahouse and Restaurant

Created by the team behind cult favourite BAO and located just a stone’s throw away from Chinatown, Xu offers a mixture of Chinese and Taiwanese cuisine. They will be showcasing their unique blend this February to celebrate Chinese New Year with a special menu: think sweet potato and miso dumplings, fire cracker prawn rolls, chilli egg drop crab and char sui iberico pork, followed by fried peanut mochi to finish. 5-28 February, £45pp

Brasserie of Light


Toast to the year of the pig at the newly opened Brasserie of Light, found within Selfridges. Their oriental cocktail menu is infused with flavours from the East: the ‘Shikoku Lychee Spritz’ is made up of gin, lychee liquor, aloe vera and prosecco, while the ‘Beijing Sling’ is a concoction of vodka, plum sake, jasmine, apple juice and lime. Enjoy amid the sleek surroundings of the art deco bar, and marvel at the 24ft crystal-encrusted statue of Pegasus by Damien Hirst suspended from the ceiling. 1-10 February

Ping Pong

At much-loved dim sim joint Ping Pong, famed for their delicious dumplings, Chinese New Year celebrations will go on all the way until April. Their bespoke menu, launching on 29 January, will feature traditional Cantonese dishes like shanghai soup dumplings with pork, chorizo spring rolls, chilli taro cake and saffron pastry steamed dumplings. Enjoy across any of their eight London locations, found in areas including Covent Garden, Southbank, Shepherds Bush and Soho. 29 January-1 April


Swanky Hong Kong import Duddell’s in London Bridge is offering up a Lunar New Year menu this February, featuring modern interpretations of iconic Cantonese dishes. Think truffle roasted black cod with lily bulb and nameko mushroom; truffle and scallop egg fried rice; tea-smoked soya chicken; and a lemon cream meringue to finish. On the evening of 5 February, a dragon dance performance will take place which guests can enjoy as they dine. 1-13 February, £118pp

Orient London

The only remaining Chinese restaurant to make their Dim Sum by hand in all of China Town, Orient London is inviting guests to celebrate the new year with a bespoke menu featuring a mix of Szechaun and Cantonese cuisine. Dine on baked lobster with ginger and spring onion, deep fried chicken with monk’s bean sauce, and stuffed tofu with minced drawn and spinach – all of which symbolise different things such as health, family, joy and prosperity. 3-13 February

Fortnum & Mason


When the clock strikes midnight in China (4pm in the UK), London’s Fortnum & Mason invite guests to raise a toast to the new year in the Drawing Room at The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon. You’ll then be treated to a special Chinese Afternoon Tea, with a mixture of sweet and savoury delicacies, from cucumber and mint cream cheese sandwiches to choux buns to spiced pear mini loaf. Afternoon tea available 5-13 February, from £52.50pp. Chinese New Year event 4 February is £58pp

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