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Celebrate Lunar New Year in central London

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New Year is a time for eating well and celebrating with friends and family. Usher in the new year in style with our guide to Lunar New Year in central London.

Top London restaurants for Lunar New Year

Toast the new year at Gouqi

Raise a glass to health, happiness and the good things to come in the Year of the Dragon with Gouqi's zingy Wood Dragon cocktail - an auspicious start to Head Chef Chee Hwee Tong's special Lunar New Year set menu. From whole steamed sea bass and pork belly with abalone, to crispy chicken, Bird’s Nest Soup and poached Chinese cabbage with dried prawns and more; Gouqi is perfect for your New Year's family feast.

Devour authentic Chinese cuisine at Imperial Treasure

With fine Chinese cuisine as its speciality, mark the arrival of the Year of the Dragon at Imperial Treasure. Gather your nearest and dearest for a reunion meal and savour its decadent set menu. Short on time or attending another celebration? Order ahead and pick up a traditional homemade glutinous rice cake served in a beautifully decorated box.

Lunar New Year's gifts

Sip your favourite Chinese tea

The birthplace of tea...the legend goes that Chinese Emperor Shennong discovered tea in 1737 BC by accidentally dropping leaves into a pot of boiling water. Today, it’s a drink loved by millions of us – so why not gift them their favourite loose-leaf blend from Whittard of Chelsea's Chinese New Year collection. Ring in this Lunar New Year with a fragrant cup of tea together.

Unbox New Year with Fortnum & Mason

Looking for something exceptional to kickstart your Lunar New Year? Take home a celebratory hamper from Fortnum & Mason, filled with delectable treats, biscuits and bubbles - there's something for everyone! Looking to gift a parcel of joy to a loved one? The Lunar New Year gift box is the perfect present.

Upgrade their cookware at SMEG

Whether you have protected family recipes, or want to try making dumplings for Lunar New Year for the first time together, SMEG's non-stick range of red cookware includes a wok and many different sized pans so you can get started on that all important meal together.

Enjoy woody Year of the Dragon whisky

Salute the New Year with a bottle of Berry Bros & Rudd's Year of the Dragon emblazoned whisky. With a hint of wood smoke and breath of spice throughout, the 2012 Berry Bros. & Rudd Dailuaine makes a fitting gift, or drink to be enjoyed with your guests.

Bag the best New Year's gift

From burgundy and cognac to cardinal red, add a touch of elegance to any outfit and gift good fortune with Aspinal of London's collection of wallets, bags and accessories.

Treat each other with Venchi

Share good fortune with Venchi's limited edition Lunar New Year gift boxes. Nestled under an ornate dragon design, discover brightly wrapped chocolate morsels and make a sweet start to new year together.

Lunar New Year events

Enjoy a self-guided London art tour

Take yourselves on a tour of St James’s many specialist galleries. Appreciate the beauty of Song dynasty ceramics at Priestley & Ferraro Chinese Art before taking a look at more modern expressions of identity and culture at contemporary 3812 London Gallery.

Lunar New Year festivities at Fortnum & Mason

Learn more about Lunar New Year celebrations outside of China and the importance of representation at an insightful panel discussion in Fortnum & Mason's 3rd Floor Studio on 8th February. Book your ticket and hear what Lunar New Year means to chefs from Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia.

Or why not join TV chef and author Ching He Huang for a Lunar New Year Party on 9th February in Fortnum & Mason's Food & Drink Studio. Expect live cooking, drinks and nibbles and a copy of Ching's new cookbook, Wok for Less.

Lunar New Year's Day Parade

Experience the largest Lunar New Year celebrations outside of Asia with London's Lunar New Year Parade on Sunday 11th February. Watch traditional dragon and lion dances and see colourful floats pass by in the parade, on the way to enjoying the best of Chinese music and dance staged in Trafalgar Square. Timings and more information to be revealed on the Visit London website.

Discover more Lunar New Year gifts and collections available on nearby Regent Street.

Use our guides to get more ideas for a full day out in our neighbourhood to celebrate the new year.