Chinese New Year 2023 in London
Want to know where you can celebrate Chinese New Year 2023 in London? We’ve put together a few of our top picks throughout the capital to help you make the most of this celebration.
We’re officially counting down the days until we can all celebrate Chinese New Year together.
Did you know that Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year, Spring Festival, Tet and Seollal? It’s also the start of the new lunisolar calendar, which means it’s a great opportunity to start afresh, with a new positive perspective. Every year the Chinese New Year represents 1 out of 12 zodiac animals and 2023 will see in the Year of the Rabbit.
According to Chinese astrologers, those born in the year of the rabbit are believed to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded, and ingenious. The sign of the Rabbit is also a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture. Therefore, 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope.
Places to eat
Hot Pot has thousands of years of history. With its variety of broths and food choices, hot pot is nutritious and delicious enough for you to enjoy all year round! Just choose your favourite soup base, meat, vegetables and extras and you can start enjoying!
If you haven’t tried Hot Pot yet – Haidilao is your calling. In Haidilao, you can grab free fruits and snacks in the waiting area, as well as a free manicure to help you kill time while waiting for the main meal. There are over 7 different soup bases with choices of one flavour a pot, two flavours or four flavours a pot. You can also order a noodle show direct to your table to see how the magic noodles are made.
If it happens to be your birthday, don’t forget to tell their team and you will receive a birthday celebration surprise!
To celebrate the year of the rabbit, Haidilao has also invited a secret guest for a limited time. Go and find out in the store!
Chinatown will always be a great place to visit on any day of the year, but more so for Chinese New Year. They host a series of events that include a remarkable parade with floats and lion dancers, as well as live performances in Trafalgar Square, the West End and around Chinatown. They’ll also be plenty of pop-up food and craft stalls to keep your bellies full and provide great entertainment for such a special time of the year.
Places to meet
National Maritime Museum is going all out for the Year of the Rabbit on 21st January with a day packed full of workshops, performances and activities. You can see traditional Lion Dances, Chinese instrumental performances and evening light displays. Create Luna New Year Lantern and Red Envelopes to gift to your loved ones. Tray your hand at Tai Chi and Qigong and learn Mahjong to have the best fun welcoming the new year.
Not only is Battersea Power Station a new destination stop on the Northern Line, but this year they’re hosting a Light Festival show with 8 spectacular pieces of artwork from 19th January – 5th March 2023. Visitors can enjoy light installations from artists such as Atelier Haute Cuisine, UK-based Studio Vertigo and Mads Vegas. This is sure to be a spectacular show to go and see.
For all our Chapter residents, we'll be celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with you. Make sure you look out for festive decorations and celebrations across your Chapter property. You can find all the information you need in your Chapter semester calendar.
We wish everyone happiness, wealth and safety in the coming year!