Three Spots for Celebrating the Chinese New Year

To celebrate the Chinese New Year in style on 16 February, Do It In London has found the top 3 spots for a day filled with local colour, from a morning parade to an evening cocktail.

The Red Dragon’s Big Parade

Bye, bye year of the rooster, hello year of the the dog!

At 10am, the parade leaves Trafalgar Square for Chinatown. On the program of festivities: performances, dance of the dragons and fireworks. Wardour Street and Gerrard Street with welcome artisanal stands and street food, while the dance shows that will showcase new talents will be along Shaftesbury Avenue.

A good thing to know: the signature colour of Chinese New Year is red.  Dress yourself in the festive colour to blend into the activities in the street.

And, of course, count on the hundreds of restaurants and bars of the neighbourhood to be in festive mood as well!

Sunday 18 February 2018 from 10am; free activity


The Most Kid-Friendly Day at the V&A Museum of Childhood

Head to Bethnal Green and the V&A Museum dedicated to children for a day of activities both kid-friendly and parent-compatible.  A super way to how your charming children the costumes of the Middle Empire.


On the program:  dress-up session with traditional costumes, crafty mask-making workshops, exercise in precision during the calligraphy workshop, Chinese lessons for beginners, and even dance and music shows.  All the better to help them dream of far away travels!

Sunday 10 February 2018 from 11.30am to 4.30pm; free entry, no reservations for workshops

V&A Museum of Childhood

Cambridge Heath Road

London E2 9PA


The Most Secret Cocktail Bar of Chinatown

The most secret bar in Chinatown lies at its heart, In the Mood for Love ambiance for sure… Push the jade door, climb up the stairs and penetrate the unexpected world of Opium.

It’s the perfect spot for sipping cocktails until late into the night, while munching on super yummy steamed dumplings.

Pretty bamboo baskets arrive with dim sum (£6-20): crabe- saltwort, mushroom-truffle, pork- shrimp….

Behind the open bar, trendy mixologists are on hand to concoct some of the key drinks of the house (£12): litchi martini with a drop of Absinthe, Shanghai Gesture (bourbon, pineapple, pink peppercorn, and soda) or the Golden Lotus (cognac, whiskey, banana, Cynar and vermouth).  To sip something that goes with the theme, check out the zodiac menu and the special cocktail for the year of the dog:  raisin-infused whiskey, hazelnuts, biscuit syrup, chocolate bitter and hydromel, £13.

We love: that the bar menu tells whether the drinks are served shaken or stirred, in case you have a preference a la James Bond.

An extra:  for the occasion, Opium will be open starting at noon on 17- 18 February.

Chinese New Year - Opium Cocktail Bar, Soho, London

Open Monday and Tuesday 5pm to 1am, Wednesday 5pm to 2am, Thursday to Saturday 5pm to 3am, Sunday 5pm to midnight, reservations advised.

Feel like making your own hotpot? Check out Shuang Shuang!

And to find everything you need, no matter what kind of Asian recipe you have in mind, check out New Loon Moon Market.

Valentine Benoist

Where to find it ?

Chinese Laundry

107 Upper Street

N1 1QN London


15-16 Gerrard Street

W1D 6JE London

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