London gears up for Chinese New Year

  • Category: Art & Culture
  • Date: Sunday, 02 February 2014

When it comes to celebrating Chinese New Year, few cities outside the country of origin do it better than London. Last year saw 300,000 people taking to the streets to participate in the festivities and 2014 is set to be no different.

The fun starts with a parade from Duncannon Street, which will move along Charing Cross Road all the way to Shaftesbury Avenue. Revellers can of course expect the mandatory giant Chinese dragon floats, hand puppets, balloons and lanterns.

Upon reaching Trafalgar Square where Lord Nelson surveys London with his mighty lions, the procession will be interrupted by a number of speeches from influential special guests, before the dragon dancing, music and other performances kick off on the Trafalgar Square stage.

The streets that make up Chinatown behind Leicester Square - Gerrard Street and Lisle Street among them - will be carpeted with stalls selling Eastern delicacies as well as souvenirs such as lucky cats.

Everyone is invited to participate in this immense celebration of Chinese culture, which has often been referred to as one of the most spectacular events of its kind in the Western world.

Partake in the lion dancing and impromptu street parties along Shaftesbury Avenue as the celebrations move steadily throughout the heart of London, showing just how embracing of multiculturalism our great city is.

The fun kicks off at Duncannon Street from 10am on February 2nd, although the Chinese actually welcome in the Year of the Horse from January 31st.

Stay at the nearby Chesterfield Mayfair, from where you'll have easy access to all of the festivities.

If sampling one culture isn't enough for you, why not indulge in the Taste of Tamarind offer, which gives you the chance to experience a curry at the world-famous eponymous Mayfair-based restaurant that has garnered such a fantastic reputation in the foodie world?