It is Chinese New Year next Thursday the 19th February, and although the celebrations may not be on the same level as you would find in China, why not head over to Chinatown in London to celebrate the turning of the New Year in style? With a number of restaurants and food stalls to choose from, whether you fancy some delicious pork dumplings, a big bowl of chow mien or you fancy something a little more modern, Chinatown has everything you need to ring in the new year.
Browse through the dinky little shops filled to the brim with cute phone accessories, classical Chinese dress and cooking utensils to help you cook your own meals at home. The stunning decoration of the district alone is enough to bring in hordes of tourists and spectators as they help celebrate the New Year. This coming year is the year of the Goat or the Sheep so you may find some cute Sheep merchandise looking around!
The Chinese New Year is symbolic of new beginnings and often homes are cleaned out, old clothes thrown away and walls and doors washed down and re-painted. If you happen upon Chinatown before the 19th you might even see the locals preparing for the New Year in their own individual way! Be a part of an ancient Chinese tradition by hiring a coach or a minibus with friends and heading over to London next Thursday.