Chinese New Year in London: Where to go and what to eat (out and about or at home)

According to the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year falls on Friday 16th of February this year, apt for a weekend fuelled with fireworks, fortunes and most importantly, food. If you, like us, are planning on celebrating the Year of the Dog for the full two weeks’ worth of festivities, make sure you don’t miss out on the best happenings. Head to one of the exciting events happening across London or visit some of our favourite hangouts.


  • The biggest & best Chinese New Year parade outside of Asia. Head to bustling China Town, Leicester Square or Trafalgar Square on the 18th of Feb to marvel at dragons, boogie to the beat of the Lion Dance drumming, and munch on some delicious street food. 


  • The Museum of London Docklands on the 16th to celebrate Chinese New Year with lion dances, taekwondo sessions & a chance to try out calligraphy.


  • Mao-Chow, the best plant based ‘inauthentic’ Chinese in town. Find the pop-up at Pamela, Tuesday- Saturday. We recommend the Dan Dan Noodles with ‘ground pork’, and vegan egg. Yep, you read that right. Vegan Egg.
  • The plant-based ‘crispy duck’ pancakes, sweet and sour ‘drumsticks’, and toffee apple with vegan ice cream at Loving Hut, Archway. Wow.

If you prefer staying in for a quiet one, we urge you not to order that takeaway, but instead make your very own Chinese feast. Here are a few of our favorite plant-based recipes for you to try:


Xin Nian Kuai Le,

Sofia x