Chinese New Year 2022 in London
Want to know where you can celebrate Chinese New Year 2022 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 lunar 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 2022 will see in the Year of the Tiger, or more specifically, the Year of the Water-Tiger.
According to Chinese astrologers, those born in the year of the tiger have qualities including charm and bravery (but watch out for their competitive streak!) As well as the circle of 12 zodiac animals there is also a cycle of five elements—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—which together creates a 60-year cycle. So, 2022’s year of the water tiger hasn’t happened for 60 years
Places to eat
BAO – BOROUGH
If you haven’t paid a visit to BAO yet – this is your calling. This year Bao is going all out, and they’ve decided to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a guaranteed prize.
Between 28 January – 13 February, when you eat at BAO and order one of their lucky classic or daikon buns, you’ll automatically receive a mysterious red envelope with a prize inside. Prizes range from £5 vouchers to spend at Convni digital supermarket and a mega-prize: a metal pass that will grant you a bao a day for every day of 2022! The prizes apply to in-restaurant orders at any BAO location as well as take-away, and if you order a Lunar New Year, Classic or Daikon DIY home kit you’ll get a prize too.
If that’s not enough, BAO has a special limited edition striped orange and black tiger claw bao filled with molten chocolate custard for a limited time throughout the Lunar New Year period.
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 to provide great entertainment for such a special time of the year.
Places to meet
CRATE – WALTHAMSTOW
Chinese New Year celebrations return to CRATE St James Street to see in the Year of the Tiger. According to the Chinese Zodiac, the tiger is a symbol of strength, bravery, and kindness and so Crate has caringly put together a program that invites one-and-all to revitalise and renew their energies by celebrating wellness of mind, body, and spirit. They're covering everything from workshops making ceramic sake cups, to mindful movement to promote mental health and wellbeing and a Lucky Lunar comedy show - this is sure to be a great way to kickstart the new Lunar New Year.
LIGHT FESTIVAL BATTERSEA
Not only is Battersea Power Station a new destination stop on the Northern Line, but this year they’re hosting a Light Festival show that showcases Digital Origami. In celebration of the Year of the Tiger festivities, the giant tiger lanterns will be on display from January 13th until February 27th. The giant tigers are all made from recycled materials and low energy LED lights bringing the sculptures to life. 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 Tiger 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!