Welcome in the Year of the Dog on 16 February 2018 with The Resident’s top 13 places to celebrate the Chinese New Year
1 Hutong, London Bridge
Found high up on level 33 of London landmark, The Shard, Hutong is hosting a Chinese New Year celebration sure to tantalize your taste buds. Their menu this year is steeped in history and the dished were created to give you good luck and prosperity in the coming year. The four-course menu for £88 features handmade king prawn dumpling with hot and sour soup, steamed whole sea bass with spicy garlic sauce and traditional ‘nian-go’ dessert. Dinner will be served alongside a traditional lion dance with Chinese musicians and noise-makers. The menu is available from the 5th to 25th of February.
Level 33, London Bridge Street, Southwark SE1 9SG; hutong.com
2 Shu Xiangge, Chinatown
Celebrate the Year of the Dog with this authentic Sichuan Hot Pot’s new location in the heart of Chinatown. The Hot Pot at Shu Xiangge Chinatown will be cooked at the table in classic Sichuan style 9-grid pots; a tradition that stretches back over 200 years. Enjoy their signature fragrant and spicy beef fat oil broth, made with 12 different spices. You can choose from a selection of 80 different ingredients, from unusual cuts such as ox tongue, beef tendon, to premium Wagyu beef, Rib Eye, and a varied selection of fresh seafood and vegetable options.
10 Gerrard Street, Soho W1D 5PW; chinatown.co.uk
3 Chi Kitchen, Marylebone
Known best for her win on MasterChef in 2014, Ping Coombes will be cooking up a feast this Chinese New Year at the Chi Kitchen in Marylebone. Her exclusive set lunch menu on 18 February will have authentic dishes specially created by Ping. Highlights of the menu include Lo Sang with Salmon, steamed Monkfish with a chilli and garlic sauce, and grilled tiger prawns topped with crispy ginger and black pepper sauce. For dessert, guests can indulge in a traditional Yuzu cheesecake topped with fresh passion fruit that is served with mandarin sorbet. Nothing makes a New Year happy like a full stomach and the promise of good luck.
334-348 Oxford Street W1C 1JG; chikitchen.co.uk
4 Chinese New Year at Trafalgar Square
The center of London’s Chinese New Year celebrations is Trafalgar Square. On Sunday 18 February, the festivities kick off with a vibrant parade through around Chinatown, followed by performances in Trafalgar Square, including a Dragon & Flying Lions Dance, as well as martial art displays, family-friendly cultural activities, music shows and traditional Chinese street food in the different zones dotted around the West End. For the big finale, it’s back to Trafalgar Square! 11am-6pm.
Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN; london.gov.uk
5 Min Jiang at The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington
Min Jiang restaurant has created an extensive Chinese New Year Menu with nine tasting courses created to signify excess and abundance. At £98 pounds per person, the meal will include the traditional Yu Sheng Salad along with dishes of braised pork and roasted chicken. Be sure to enjoy the view of the Kensington Palace Gardens as you dig into to the celebratory feast.
2-24 Kensington High Street W8 4PT; minjiang.co.uk
6 Royal China, various locations
If you’re looking for delicious food and exciting entertainment to celebrate the Year of the Dog The Royal China has got you covered. At their locations all through London, the restaurants will be serving up dishes from their specially made menu alongside Lion Dance performances and red envelopes, a Chinese tradition where the envelope is in red to symbolise good luck and ward off evil, and some of them contain a prize.
7 Chai Wu, Knightsbridge
For the week of the Chinese New Year, Chai Wu is making the most of the New Year by offering an exclusive menu. You can enjoy a Chinese ‘Prosperity Toss’ Sashimi Salad with fresh salmon and topped by real gold leaf, which is traditional to serve during the Chineses New Year. This and other dishes their menu will be available from the 12-18 February.
Harrods, 87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge SW1X 7XL; chaiwu.co.uk
8 Drake and Morgan, Various Locations
This Chinese New Year rings in the year of the Dog and what better way to celebrate than by treating your furry four-legged companion to a night out as well. The Drake and Morgan restaurant and bars are all dog-friendly so you don’t need to leave your pouch behind this new year. Instead, treat them to a night out on the town at a place where they might find a few treats.
9 Doughnut Time, Various Locations
To celebrate Chinese New Year, London’s hottest doughnut brand, Doughnut Time, is launching its new Talk of China Town doughnut on Friday 16 February. Talk of China Town is a red cream glazed doughnut topped with lucky gold leaf pieces, black sugar pearls, gold chocolate coin and a fortune cookie. It is sure to put a spring in your step – especially as one fortune cookie contains a golden ticket for 100 free doughnuts!
10 Chinese New Year at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
See in the Chinese New Year in this one-day extravaganza on 17 February. Enjoy a day of music, art and performance to welcome the year of the dog. Enjoy traditional Chinese performance arts including a lion dance and Kung Fu. There will also be a performance from the Nanjing Little Red Flower Dance Troupe. 11am – 4pm.
Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk
11 Le Chinois, Knightsbridge
If you can’t decide which tasty Chinese dishes to choose from let Le Chinois Restaurant do it for you! Their £58 set menu is packed with sizzling golden tofu with straw mushrooms, Yong Chow fried rice served with barbecued pork, shrimps and vegetables and fresh steamed lobster with Chinese rice wine and eggs whites. And Le Chinois makes sure you can celebrate a while longer; their menu is available from February 15th to the 28th.
17 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge SW1X 9NU; lechinoisrestaurant.co.uk
12 Bugis Street Brasserie, Kensington
If you want to take part in the New Year festivities all month long Bugis Street Brasserie is the place to be. Their Deluxe Menu and Chef’s Specials are available from February 10 to March 2. Everything on the menu is specially chosen to promote good fortune, happiness and prosperity. The Deluxe Menu costs £35 per person but, if you don’t fancy going all out with the Deluxe Menu, then there are plenty of specials added to the a la carte menu that will get you in the spirit of Chinese New Year.
Copthorne Tara Hotel, Scarsdale Place Kensington W8 5SR; bugis-street-brasserie.com
13 Bang Bang Oriental Foodhall, Colindale
London’s largest Asian foodhall, Bang Bang Oriental, will be hosting an evening of celebrations for Chinese New Year on Friday 16 February from 7pm to 8:30pm. The celebrations will be free to enter with performances, music, and challenges. You will be able to experience a Wing Chun performance and Chinese face-changing performance (Biàn Liǎn). There will also be a Market at Bang Bang Oriental until Sunday 18 February, which will be offering a selection of souvenirs to commemorate the start of the Year of the Dog.
399 Edgware Road NW9 0FH; bangbangoriental.com