The top 10 things to do in London for Chinese New Year

20th February 2015

Our mouths are watering and we’re already wondering what is an acceptable amount of Chinese food to eat so to distract us from our foody thoughts we thought we’d give you thinking bob’s top 10 things to do in London for Chinese New Year.

1. Do the tourist thing.

chinese new year 1          

As always the streets of Soho and Trafalgar square will be filled with visitors from far and wide all coming together to experience the lively and colourful spectacle that is Chinese New Year in London. Grab some friends and fill your flasks with warming goodness and embrace this yearly tradition. Trafalgar Square, 10am, Sunday 22nd February

2. Dragon tales for fun with the family.

Dragon Tales with Foyles

Head East to Foyles in Westfields for a morning of tales about our fire-breathing friends and an array of fun-filled craft activities, including the chance to make your very own Chinese dragon. Saturday 21st February 11am-12 noon

3. Head to the Drunken Monkey!

Chinese New Year at The Drunken Monkey

A favourite spot among East Londoners, the Drunken Monkey LOVES Chinese New Year and they will be celebrating the Year of the Goat with a FREE dim sum, cocktail and dancing extravaganza. Arrive between 6 and 8 to avoid disappointment and to lap up the freebies. Tuesday 24th February 7pm-midnight.

4. Chinese lates at the Horniman!

Chinese lates at Horniman Museum

Over 18’s are invited to join the Horniman Museum for an evening of artistic, contemporary culture with a Chinese twist. Sup on some delicious cocktails while you discover a secret gallery hidden among the Horniman cafe street food. Thursday 26th February – 6:30-9:30, FREE.

5. Go for a healthy and cheap alternative.

Bibimbap Bowl in Soho

Love the taste of the oriental but fancy something a bit healthier away from central china town? Head to Bibimbap for a modern Korean alternative. Tuck into a bowl of delicious rice, meat and fresh vegetables and add a raw egg to the mix! Trust me it’s good!

6. Go see the Shaun of the Sheep movie.

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Well it is the Year of the Sheep and everyone loves Wallace and Gromit, and obviously Shaun!

7. Ahhhh tea.

The Chinese Tea Company

The Chinese Team Company was founded in 2009 and was created to share the passion and love of the finest Chinese Tea. Head to Portobello Road and cleanse your pallet with an array of Chinese teas you can either drink there and then or take home to enjoy as you sit back with your Chinese take away!

8. JustEat it!

You know the drill. Postcode, order, send, EAT!

9. Pop Art Sheep.

Pop Art Sheep at Yauatcha

If you thought the genius’ at Yauatcha couldn’t get any better, you’re wrong. Don’t worry, they’re still serving unbelievably mouthwatering dim sum but to compliment it and celebrate the New Year they’ve collaborated with The Campaign for Wool and transformed their beautiful restaurant into a sheep gallery! Until 28th February.

10. Don’t fancy celebrating – not to worry, thinking bob has got your back.

Thinking bob head to Borough Market

This Saturday thinking bob will be touring Borough Market feasting on it’s stalls delicious delicacies – from pancakes to sausages they’ve got it all! We will then be heading to a local and engaging in some weird and wonderful QI foodie facts, for example: Ripe cranberries will bounce like rubber balls – true or false?
For more information on the Social Club click here.


Written by:

Bethany Wright

Bethany Wright

UK Community Manager – thinking bob



Try Thinking Bob today