Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year 2020 in London

Billie Manning

Born in 1960, 1972, 1984 or 1996? 2020 is your year. The Year of the Pig is coming to a close and the Year of the Rat is on its way: Chinese New Year (25 January 2020) is just around the corner, and just like every year, London is full of opportunities to celebrate.

Enjoy the Chinese New Year Parade
London’s biggest Chinese New Year celebration will see in the Year of the Rat with festivities that will cover most of the West End. Family activities, music, acrobatics and more will be available to enjoy all day, beginning with the lion and dragon parades which will snake their way down to Chinatown from Charing Cross from 10am. The party will also get the Trafalgar Square treatment; stages there will host Chinese performers in an array of shows and food trucks will satisfy any rumbling tummies.

Celebrate with the kiddos
There are a couple of great celebrations going on suitable for all the family, in lieu of attempting to navigate central London with a buggy. Over at Museum of London, kids and adults can enjoy live performances, martial arts workshops, and create beautiful artworks to take home, or at the Museum of Childhood, there will be dance and music, calligraphy workshops, craft stalls and a Chinese children’s art exhibition.
Soak up the visuals at the Chinese Visual Festival
If you fancy celebrating Chinese culture in a more relaxed environment, try heading to the Chinese Visual Festival, where a programme of special screenings has been programmed for your viewing pleasure. Ones to catch include the UK Premiere of the Hong Kong legend Simon Yam’s heartwarming drama Little Q, the hit Chinese New Year documentary Four Springs and a super rare special screening of All’s Well Ends Well, the original 1992 Lunar New Year blockbuster, starring Stephen Chow, Leslie Cheung and Maggie Cheung.

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