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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