You don't need to be in Beijing to celebrate Chinese New Year. Whether it's a family tradition or you just want an excuse to continue the festivities and learn about another culture, it's an exciting event and one that London knows how to host.
Many people worry about the prices of trains or the stress of driving, but taking the coach can be a quick and cost-effective way of making it to the capital. With enough space for you and all your friends, you can enjoy the journey without any of the tension caused by finding your own way there.
Taking place at the end of January or early February, Chinese New Year is the perfect opportunity to organise a day trip to London with friends or family and make the most of what the capital has to offer.
But how can you celebrate Chinese New Year?
Plan your day
Most events this year are happening on Sunday February 18th, though Chinese New Year falls on February 16th, and London has a variety of activities planned to mark the start of the Year of the Dog. The largest celebrations outside of Asia take place in the West End, with martial arts performances, family-friendly entertainment and delicious Chinese treats being served up.
The events will kick off at Trafalgar Square from 12pm, where you'll be able to witness a variety of performances showcasing the very best traditional Chinese dance and music shows, as well as contemporary hip-hop acts. There will also be a plethora of street food vans, where you can get a taste of both traditional or contemporary cuisine from the Far East.
If you're bringing little ones, you won't want to miss the activities happening in Leicester Square. As well as family-friendly performances, there will be the opportunity to get involved in calligraphy, dressing up in traditional outfits and much more. There will also be a fantastic pyrotechnic display that will light up Trafalgar Square to finish off the festivities!
Get there early and look ahead
To make sure you have the best experience in London, it's best to check details like what the weather will be like during the event, as many of the activities will be outside, and how many events are happening around you. Make sure you don't just stay in one place, as there's lots to explore across the city for Chinese New Year.
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