London's Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other "Xin Nian Kuai Le" (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or "San Nin Faai Lok" (in Cantonese).
Chinese New Year 2015, the Year of the Sheep, falls on 19 February.
Chinese New Year festivities in central London take place in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.
Highlights of the event include a lively parade and a main stage in Trafalgar Square on 22 February from 10am until 6pm. The day kicks off with the parade from Duncannon Street to Shaftesbury Avenue with floats, Chinese lion and dragon teams and more. Performances from local artists and traditional food and craft stalls can be found in various locations throughout the day.
There are plenty of activities and celebrations to get involved in. Why not pay a visit to London's Chinatown which is famous for its abundance of Chinese restaurants. Alternatively, secure a table at one of the Top 10 Chinese Restaurants in London.
Book a hotel near Chinatown to stay near the heart of the action so you don't miss any of the festivities.
About Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a huge festival among Chinese communities in London and across the world.
Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the actual date of Chinese New Year varies, but always falls between late January and mid-February.
Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.