Celebrate Chinese New Year

Beginning January 31st

For the second consecutive year, London's Chinese New Year celebrations have been scaled back. As the largest one outside of China and considered a kickoff to the tourist season, it is a sign that the pandemic is still holding on. Despite this, there are still creative ways to ring in the Year of the Tiger:

London's Chinatown (January 31st 5 pm - 10 pm) — Small lion dance and night market in Newport Place, Soho with screens showing pre-recorded performances.

BAO (Until February 13) — Order one of their lucky classic or daikon buns to automatically receive a red envelope with a prize inside. Prizes range from £5 vouchers to spend at a digital supermarket, crates of beer and even a chance for a bao a day for 2022. There are also featuring a limited edition tiger-striped bun filled with chocolate.

Hakkasan (Until February 15) — The only Michelin-rated Chinese restaurant in London, Hakkasan, will feature a special Chinese New Year meal complete with Tiger-themed decor. £118 / person www.hakkasan.com

Light Festival (Until February 27th) — Six installations will be on display at Battersea Power Station, including Digital Origami Tigers by LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture). The larger than life tigers are based on traditional lantern-making techniques combined with today's technology.

While Chinese New Year officially ends February 15th, you can enjoy the the restaurants and shops in London's Chinatown year-round — Happy New Year 新年快乐 (Xīn Nián Kuài Lè)!

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New Year Theatre Sale

Tickets starting at £10/seat until February 28

This year's Official London Theatre promotion extends until the end of February.  Not only are London shows some of the best entertainment, they are also some of the most affordable if you know where to look for tickets.  Some of the top shows on sale, include:

. . . London Theatre 'Top 10 London Musicals' (8 of the 10 on sale)
  • Back to the Future
  • Come From Away
  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • The Drifters Girl
  • Frozen
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
  • Wicked
. . . Visit London '10 best musicals and West End Shows' (9 of the 10 on sale)
  • Back to the Future
  • Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical
  • The Lion King
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Mary Poppins
  • Matilda The Musical
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
  • Wicked

For tickets to The Book of Morman and Moulin Rouge! The Musical that are not available  through Official London Theatre, try www.lastminute.com  prices start at £41 and £29 respectively for these shows.  And good site to search for tickets year-round!