The ‘Year of the Rooster’ is almost here! If you are in London, you will not want to miss the Chinese New Year parade.

Chinese New Year is celebrated on the 28th but most of the London festivities happen on the 29th!

When: Starts at 10 am, 29th January.

Where: Starting in Trafalgar Square and ending up in Chinatown.

Events throughout the day have music, dance and small events through the West End.

One of the highlights of the day is The Grand Parade featuring incredible teams of lion dancers.

Stay warm

I was there last year and while it is well worth it, London in January can be COLD! Stay warm and wear comfortable shoes so that you can walk around the city all day.

After the parade

If you are looking for something after the parade, check out Chinatown (see our article from what we learned last year!) They have traditional Chinese New Year celebrations and beautiful decorations to capture the perfect pic.

The morning is worth it

We scraped in to see Chinese New Year celebrations at about 12p m last year but I wish we had arrived at 10 am. It’s well worth it to get a close look at those incredible lion dancers! The area fills up in the afternoon so make sure you get to the good stuff early.

Eat everything

End the parade in and around Chinatown where you can taste traditional Chinese food set up at the stalls or at the many local restaurants. See what to do in Chinatown during Chinese New Year here. 

For more info visit the official Visit London Website  Chinese New Year page.