Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, falls on January 31st (this Friday!) and London is getting ready to celebrate in style. On Sunday, head for the West End to see the parade and watch music, martial arts, and lion and dragon dances in Trafalgar Square and Chinatown. Some of London’s finest Chinese restaurants are running special menus to mark the occasion, so book your table now!
Chinese Cricket Club, Blackfriars – Splash out on the four-course feast at this Sichuan restaurant in the City and you’ll receive a glass of fizz on arrival and a lucky red envelope with a mystery gift inside. If you can prove you were born in the Year of the Horse, they’ll treat you to a complimentary cocktail!
Min Jiang, Kensington – From Feb 1st to 14th, Min Jiang is serving a Lunar New Year menu full of authentic dishes like Yu Sheng yellow tail sashimi salad, four-treasure roasted chicken, and New Year ‘nian gao’ (a steamed cake made with sweet potato and taro). Wash it all down with one of their new ‘Tea Tails’, hot alcoholic tea cocktails served with a pot of the tea they’re infused with.
The Drunken Monkey, Shoreditch – Best known for its delicious dim sum and Happy Hour cocktails, this Shoreditch favourite is celebrating with a night of singing, dancing and hip shaking from Chinese Elvis on Feb 11th! Entry is free and he will be taking to the stage at 7.30pm and again at 9.30pm.
Yauatcha, Soho – Yauatcha have teamed up with Harvey Nichols to create a stunning window display to celebrate the Year of the Horse. Alongside a special CNY menu, the restaurant will be serving limited edition red mandarin-flavoured macarons and petits gateaux. Diners on Sunday will enjoy a traditional dragon dance and receive red envelopes containing vouchers for fashion and beauty treats.
Red Pocket, Battersea – Diners at the Hotel Verta’s elegant Chinese restaurant can enjoy a three-course menu and lion dancing for £45 per head on Saturday and Sunday evening.