Chinese New Year 2021 activities in London

Discover activities happening across the capital to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Last year, the locations listed below hosted some of the top Chinese New Year events in London – check back later in the year for confirmed locations and details of London's best Chinese New Year celebrations in 2021.

From specially designed Chinese New Year menus to Chinese-inspired family activities, there are plenty of exciting things to do in London over the Lunar New Year. 

Chinese New Year London 2020 activities

  • Mark the Year of the Rat with Goldsmiths Confucius Institute for Dance and Performance, as they host a night featuring spectacular performances, delicious food and interactive stalls. 17 Jan 
  • Watch cutting-edge Chinese-language films during the Chinese Visual Festival at BFI Southbank, Regent Street Cinema and King's College London. 19-26 Jan
  • Enjoy an evening of celebrations, featuring lion dances and traditional music, at London’s largest Asian food hall, Bang Bang Oriental24 Jan
  • Join Camden Market's Chinese New Year party, where you can tuck into delicious cuisine from the Asian Alleys, catch live performances and pick up a surprise-filled red envelope. 25 Jan
  • Dance to late-night DJ beats and sip on cool cocktails at W London’s glitzy One Night in Shanghai party. 25 Jan
  • Experience the ultimate Chinese New Year in London celebrations with a colourful parade, food stalls, fun activities and vibrant performances across Chinatown, Trafalgar Square and the West End. 26 Jan
  • Head to Brent Cross Shopping Centre for dance performances, a tai chi demonstration and fun activities. 1 Feb
  • Make the most of exclusive offers and limited-edition products from leading brands for Chinese New Year at Westfield's shopping centres. Until 2 Feb

London Chinese New Year food and drink

  • Indulge in a special menu, featuring treats such as golden treasure pockets filled with abalone and wild mushrooms, at Hakkasan13 Jan-9 Feb
  • Discover what's to come during the Year of the Rat at Michelin-starred Yauatcha, where guests can expect expertly executed Chinese delicacies. 13 Jan-9 Feb
  • Try Ping Pong's mouthwatering new Chinese New Year dim sum, which include fluffy duck hoisin buns and chicken and orange dumplings. 14 Jan-10 Mar
  • Learn new techniques to create your own flavoursome treats with the Cookery School’s dim sum workshop. 18 Jan and 8 Mar
  • Marvel at a gorgeous paper art installation, featuring origami lanterns and chrysanthemums, while tucking into delicious Chinese delicacies at Mei Ume this Chinese New Year. 23 Jan-6 Feb
  • Hop onboard a classic Routemaster bus decorated with red lanterns and dine on Chinese-inspired treats during B Bakery’s Chinese New Year afternoon tea bus tour. 25 Jan 
  • Feast on reinvented Taiwanese and Chinese cuisine at Xu Teahouse and Restaurant with a Chinese New Year set menu. 25 Jan-9 Feb
  • Celebrate in style with a sky-high afternoon tea featuring an Asian twist at Ting in the Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London. Until 31 Jan
  • Sink your teeth into an Asian-inspired afternoon tea with a side of stunning views at the Oxo Tower Brasserie.
  • Tuck into Insta-worthy dim sum and Chinese New Year specials at Red Farm. Roll the dice to be in with the chance of getting your hands on a lucky red envelope!

Find some of the best places to eat in Chinatown or London’s top Chinese restaurants.

Family activities for Chinese New Year in London

  • Enjoy Chinese New Year activities for kids at the National Maritime Museum, featuring traditional lion dance, arts and storytelling. 25 Jan
  • Join in family activities at the National Gallery during the Chinese New Year London celebrations, from arts and crafts workshops to traditional dance performances. 26 Jan
  • Take the family to an art workshop aboard Cutty Sark, inspired by the ship’s historic travels to China. 1-2 Feb
  • Let the little ones practise ribbon twirling and martial arts at the Museum of London Docklands. 8-9 Feb

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