Celebrate the Year of the Monkey in London

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Celebrate the Year of the Monkey in London, with the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia.


Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other "Xin Nian Kuai Le" (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or "San Nin Faai Lok" (in Cantonese).

Chinese New Year 2016 in London Event Programme:


The celebration in Central London are free to attend and take place in Trafalgar Square and Chinatown on 14 February from 10am to 6pm. The best thing to see is a grand parade featuring ten lion teams in one of Europe’s biggest lion dances.

The Chinese parade starts in Trafalgar Square at 10am, and snakes its way through the streets of the West End before ending in Chinatown.

From midday, firecrackers mark the start of the stage performances, including traditional dance troupes, acrobats, dragon and flying lion dances, opera and martial arts performances.

Don’t miss the grand finale from 5.20pm in Trafalgar Square as monkey dancers and acrobats take to the stage to celebrate the Year of the Monkey and pyrotechnics illuminate Nelson’s Column.

Tips for families: take the children to the family area on Charing Cross Road for activities and children’s martial arts and opera performances. Watch local and emerging artists take to the stage on Chinatown’s Shaftesbury Avenue and browse traditional craft stalls in Chinatown.

This is the best occasion to taste a wide selection of Chinese regional dishes at one of Chinese restaurant or pop-up food stands.

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