Meanwhile, Chinatown will be bustling with special decorations, stalls, food and lion dance displays. Shaftesbury Avenue hosts a local performance stage featuring performances by Chinese artists.
Entry is free to the 2011 Chinese New Year celebrations in Trafalgar Square and Chinatown.
Chinese New Year 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, falls on 3 February. And London’s main celebrations will be held on Sunday 6 February.
The main London Chinatown Chinese Association celebration takes place in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, and Chinatown.
More Chinese New Year Events in London
Many of London’s Chinese restaurants mark Chinese New Year with special menus and events. Contact individual restaurants for details.
The Victoria & Albert Museum celebrates Chinese New Year with a day of free activities on 30 Jan.
The Wallace Collection host a Chinese New Year silk painting workshop on 5 Feb
Enjoy free dim sum and cocktails between 7pm and 8pm, followed by a lion dance at The Drunken Monkey. 8 Feb
About Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a huge festival among Chinese communities in London and across the world.
Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the actual date of Chinese New Year varies, but always falls between late January and mid February.
Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit.