Discover our top recommendations for where to eat and drink on the 16th of February for an auspicious start to the Chinese New Year in London
Words Miriam Carey
Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in London
This year the Chinese New Year period runs from February 16th until March 2nd where celebrations will be rife to ring in the year of the dog. Many people will take part in the tradition of eating the food of symbolic value to bring prosperity and luck to themselves and their family. In London, we are fortunate to have a huge variety of Chinese restaurants and eateries. So whether you are looking to eat rice balls to increase family togetherness, dumplings and spring rolls to increase wealth, or fish to increase prosperity, here are our recommendations for where to go to celebrate Chinese New Year in London, Gong Xi Fa Cai!
CUTTER & SQUIDGE
Cutter & Squidge founders Annabel and Emily Lui will be celebrating their Chinese heritage with a limited edition range of Chinese New Year cakes. The gift cake has layers of vanilla sponge filled with custard, red bean paste and a special lightened black sesame buttercream, all decorated in auspicious red with lucky coins, petals and 24-carat gold.
To celebrate the Chinese New Year, and also the Thai New Year in April, Gelupo in Soho has launched a collection inspired by Asian flavours. There will be a Chinese red bean paste gelato and also a pandan flavoured gelato with a fragrant and aromatic flavour similar to vanilla. There will also a sweetly perfumed mango sticky rice gelato inspired by Thailand.
This year Hutong will be celebrating the Chinese New Year in London with a fantastic view and menu. Created by Head Chef Fei Wang, the menu combines regional dishes and delicacies from across the country with those traditionally eaten on Chinese New Year. From the bar, there is a citrusy cocktail, named Panhu, after a dragon-dog figure in Chinese mythology. Guests will also be entertained by a traditional lion dance and a Chinese calligrapher will be on hand to create personal mementoes for guests to take away.
From the team behind the hugely popular BAO, XU is a beautiful 1930s Taiwan style dining room, that sits on Rupert Street in Chinatown. For Chinese New Year, XU has put together an elegant and delectable menu featuring Cornish scallops, xian bing, mushroom dumplings, whole grilled sea bass and charsiu Iberico pork.
Blakes Hotel Below Bar and Lounge transcends you into a sophisticated world where East meets West. Celebrate Chinese New Year in London with a drink in the far east inspired, richly decorated bar, designed by world famous interior designer, Anouska Hempel.
To celebrate Chinese New Year in London Berry Bros have created a dragon from wooden wine cases which sits on display outside their Pall Mall shop. Berry Bros. & Rudd is also offering customers the opportunity to taste a selection of Chinese wines in its Enomatic machines. The range of wines from the Changyu Pioneer Wine Company will be available to taste from £1, including 2013 Château Changyu Moser XV, Ningxia and 2014 Changyu Golden Valley Ice Wine, Blue Diamond Label, Liaoning to name a few.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, the newly-opened Duddell’s in London Bridge will launch a Lunar New Year menu. Head Chef Daren Liew has chosen a very special selection of dishes, each with a particular meaning or significance. The menu showcases the best in Cantonese cuisine, starting with Duddells signature royal dim sum symphony and delicate dumplings filled with lobster and asparagus or spicy turbot with pickled chilli. The mains to follow include black cod with crispy radish and supreme soy and abalone with smoked chestnut and corn fed chicken toban. On Chinese New Year’s Day, lucky diners will even get to see a traditional dragon dance, believed to bring good fortune.