Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in London
Great news is that you don`t need to go to China to celebrate! London’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations is the biggest in the world outside China, bring a great swathe of Chinatown to riotous life.
Chinese New Year 2014 it’s on 31 January and setting off 15-day celebrations in China.
The capital’s festivities will begin on Sunday February 2 at 10am with a parade begins at Duncannon Street, moving through Trafalgar Square, where official ceremony takes place, followed by speeches from special guests, performances featuring music, Chinese dragons, lion dances, acrobatics and firecrackers.
Don`t forget to join the throng in a stall-covered Chinatown for fun and firecrackers on and around Gerrard Street, Lisle Street and Shaftesbury Avenue where there are impromptu parties, food stalls and lion dancing. Everyone’s welcome to join for free in the celebrations.
The spot witnesses hundreds of thousands of people every year who descend here to greet each other “Kung Hei Fat Choi” (or Happy New Year).
The 2014 Chinese New Year celebrations will begin with a parade along the Charing Cross Road at 10 am. Be there in time the coming Sunday to see the dragons and lions snaking along the route and at Shaftesbury Avenue.
The tourist hot spot of London will get ablaze with electric performances by visiting artists from China.
No festivity is complete without scrumptious meals and Chinese New Year ought to be about having a taste of traditional cuisine in and around London’s Chinatown in Soho. According to Visit London, Chinatown has almost eighty restaurants offering cuisine from across the Far East. Traditional food stalls are of course an addition during Chinese New Year.
On 2 February, there will also be lion teams and dragons circulating around Chinatown to provide the perfect zeal of the celebrations; local artistes will perform on a stage at the end of Dean Street. What’s more? Get some Chinese lanterns from the craft stalls there.
On the Chinese New Year’s Eve, the London Eye will be lit red and gold in celebration from 5.30pm. There will also be live performers to add to the enjoyment.
(Event Information Source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk)
ADDRESS: London’s Chinese New Year, Westminster, London WC2N 5DS
TELEPHONE : 020 7333 8118
DATES: Sunday 2nd February 2014
EVENT OPENING TIMES: Sun 10am-6pm
Official Event Website: http://www.chinatownlondon.org/
More Chinese New Year events in the capital here.