Celebrate the Year of the Tiger in London, as the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia take a different form in 2022.
Usually, every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to enjoy a colourful parade, free stage performances and traditional Chinese food, and to wish each other "Xin Nian Kuai Le" (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or "San Nin Faai Lok" (in Cantonese).
However, in 2022, the usual Chinese New Year celebrations have been cancelled.
Instead, follow #CNYLondon on social media to enjoy an online programme of events and activities from 31 January, see a special television broadcast on 6 February and spot the London Eye illuminated in red and gold.
When is Chinese New Year celebrated in London?
Chinese New Year always falls between late January and mid-February, and the Chinese New Year festival in central London, which is organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA), usually takes place close to the actual date of the new year.
In 2022, Chinese New Year falls on 1 February.
Where do London's Chinese New Year celebrations take place?
The usual Chinese New Year celebrations have been cancelled for 2022, with celebrations taking place on social media instead. Follow #CNYLondon to find out more.
In other years, the central London festivities have taken place across the West End, from Shaftesbury Avenue down to Trafalgar Square. There were lively activities and foodie treats in Chinatown; Leicester Square offered family-friendly entertainment; and while Trafalgar Square hosted the main stage performances, more stages could be found on Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue.
Chinese New Year 2022 in London event programme
Follow #CNYLondon on social media channels for online celebrations from 31 January. Full details of the programme are yet to be confirmed.
Watch a special television broadcast on London Live on 6 February. Check back nearer the time for more details.
Top tips for Chinese New Year
Follow these tips for celebrating Chinese New Year in London:
- Wrap up warm: celebrations take place in February when the weather can be cold.
- Learn Chinese New Year greetings: Say "" (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or "" (in Cantonese)
- Dress in red: Red is the key colour of Chinese New Year. You can dress up with a red scarf, jumper or shoes – this will bring good luck for the coming year.
- Enjoy special Chinese New Year food: order a whole chicken or try dumplings at top restaurants in Chinatown
- Buy something red: To bring luck to your year, Chinese tradition dictates that you should buy something red for yourself or your house.
- Ensure good luck: In Chinese culture, to “climb high and gaze far” on New Year’s Day or the following day brings good luck in business, career, study and fortune. Take a trip on the Emirates Air Line cable car, head up to The View from The Shard or see the sights from the London Eye.
How to get to the Chinese New Year event
There is no organised Chinese New Year event in London in 2022, but the area around Chinatown may still become busy during the celebrations. Plan your route in advance using Transport for London's Journey Planner.
About Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival and Lunar New Year, is a huge festival among Chinese communities in London and across the world.
Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the actual date of Chinese New Year varies and each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Chinese New Year 2022, the Year of the Tiger, falls on 1 February.
Now run by the The London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA), the CNY London celebrations began as a small community event in Chinatown more than 20 years ago; the festivities have now become the largest of their kind outside Asia, attracting hundreds of thousands of people to the capital each year.