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Chinese New Year in London

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Could London be the best place outside of China to celebrate Chinese New Year? With the rich colours and smells of Chinatown and atmosphere as far as the eye can see!

2018 is the Year of the Dog. Chinese New Year starts on 16th February, and the huge parade in central London takes place on Sunday 18th Feb with much of the focus in and around Chinatown as well as Trafalgar Square.
Looking to celebrate Chinese New Year in London? Whether on a budget, or going extravagant - we've got inspiration for you!

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London Bridge & Bermondsey
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Book a table at Hutong on 16th February and celebrate the Year of the Dog with a special menu which includes delights such as Chinese five spiced crispy duck and crispy soft-shell crab with Sichuan dried chilli. Accompany with a Panhu cocktail made with Bulldog gin, pomelo cordial, Crème de Mure, fresh raspberries and egg white. Guests will be entertained with a traditional lion dance and noise makers and red pocket envelopes will be distributed containing gifts and treats. The menu will be available from 5th-25th February and is the only menu to be served at the restaurant on the 16th.

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Royal China Restaurants will be celebrating at their venues throughout London this Chinese New Year with a red envelope for every guest. Some of these will contain special prizes including a free meal, bottle of champagne and £20 worth of vouchers.

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Pan Asian

Remember the lovely Ping Coombes, winner of MasterChef a few years back? Now Exec Chef at Chi Kitchen, Ping will host a special 3 course lunch on Sunday 18th February from 12-3pm to celebrate the Chinese New Year and Year of the Dog. At just £35 for two, tuck into some very special dishes created by Ping and her team and receive the traditional red envelope given out to provide good luck.

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The celebrations begin early at both branches of Yauatcha with their Chinese New Year menu being served from 5th February onwards. Dishes that are known to bring good fortune will feature including two dim sum dishes and golden fortune prawns in lime sauce. What's more, the restaurants will feature the works of two leading artists who have created Chinese Lantern light installations. Paying homage to the Year of the Dog.

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Paying homage to the city of Hong Kong, the origins of this London restaurant, Serge et Le Phoque will be serving a fab Chinese New Year menu on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February. At £75 per person, tuck into a five-course feast and specific wine pairings for each course. The restaurant's pretty courtyard will be even more beautiful with Chinese decorations and lanterns.

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Gourmet hot dog and Champagne bar Bubbledogs in Fitzrovia transforms into a Chinese Café "Chappett?s Café" on 20th February in celebration of Chinese New Year. Sandia Chang of Bubbledogs will be joined in the kitchen by her husband James Knappett (Head Chef of Michelin starred Kitchen Table) to create home style Chinese food including spiced fried rabbit and satay roasted cauliflower. Champagne will be flowing as always.

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West End
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Dim Sum

Slip behind the unassuming jade coloured door of Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Bar on Gerrard St in Chinatown and discover the perfect venue for your Chinese New Year celebrations. Sip on their special Chinese Zodiac cocktails and pay homage to Year of the Dog with Opium's Dog Cocktail made with Rain-infused Chivas Regal 12yr Scotch Whisky, Noisette, Biscuit Syrup, Chocolate Bitters and Mead. For the Chinese New Year weekend (17th- 8th February) Opium will be open early from 12pm for those starting the celebration early.

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One of London's most luxurious Chinese restaurants, Michelin starred Hakkasan will be serving an exclusive Chinese New Year 2018 menu celebrating the Year of the Dog. Available from Monday 29th January until Sunday 4th March, guests can indulge in dishes such as wok-fry native lobster in superior stock with edamame and caviar and Rhug Estate organic lamb in seaweed soy with celery and enoki mushroom. Menu is priced at £88 per person with a minimum of two guests.

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Bar / Restaurant

The beautiful Min Jiang, found within the The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, are offering two menus to celebrate the Year of the Dog. Both menus are similar, but the second offers an additional course of delicious Bi Feng Tang lobster with a mango roll. Menus are available from 15th February until 4th March. Menu One (one course) costs £98 per person and Menu Two (9 courses) costs £110 per person.

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West End
Bar / Restaurant / Club

Visit Thai Square Trafalgar Square in the week leading up to Chinese New Year and you're in for a treat. Simply order one starter and one main course and quote "Chinese New Year" to your server and you'll receive some tasty Chinese dumplings for free. We all love a good freebie!

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