Chinese New Year in London and Pimlico

Chinese New Year decoration in London's Chinatown

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A Happy New Year to you Chinese style from Pimlico Flats! Today Thursday 3 February is the Spring Festival – known in the west as the Chinese New Year, a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated by Taoists, Buddhists and Confucians, and this coming year is the year of the Rabbit.

London will be celebrating Chinese New Year on  Sunday 6 February 2011 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Trafalgar Square with traditional Chinese Dragon ceremonies, and 2 Chinese song and dance troupes, and 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m at Shaftsbury Avenue with Hong Kong Hip Hop – download details of both venues.

Last year 250,000 people attended these free celebrations, and in addition to the main two events there will be a number of stalls, entertainments and a Kung Fu Panda Zone. Chinese New Year is the biggest festival of the year, in the days leading up to the Chinese New Year, people clean their houses, repay debts, buy new clothes and have their hair cut. A celebratory meal is held on the eve of the new year, with many traditional dishes served, to see in the new year fireworks and firecrackers are let off and Lion Dances pass through the streets to bring good luck to the households and businesses they visit. The drums, gongs and cymbals that accompany the Lion Dance are used to scare away evil and bad luck.

If you are looking for a Chinese Restaurant to help you celebrate I cannot give a personal recommendation, but I notice that when Fluid London compiled their list of London’s Top 10 Best Chinese Restaurants two of the ten were from the Pimlico SW1 area.

Hunan (Bar / Restaurant)
51 Pimlico Road, Pimlico, London, SW1W 8NE
Cuisine: Chinese

Sloane Square – Hailed as possibly the best Chinese restaurant in the world and established almost 30 years ago, Hunan has quite a following. It is famous for not having a menu. The chef is so talented that he’ll cook tapas style Chinese dishes to suit your preferences. Chef Peng has developed his own style and although the food has a strong Taiwanese influence, there are many dishes from the Hunan province. The crispy frog legs with fermented bamboo shoots & chilli are particularly intriguing.

Memories of China (Bar / Restaurant)
67/69 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 0NZ
Cuisine: Chinese

Belgravia – Ken Lo’s Chinese restaurant is somewhat of an institution in the world of Chinese food. Established more than 30 years ago, Memories of China is a crowd pleaser delivering continually high standards in an intimate setting. Executive chef, Kam Po But, offers an excellent selection of Chinese favourites as well as more outlandish options. The classy clientele and high prices reflect the restaurant’s location in the heart of Belgravia, the quality food and first-rate service.

What superb recommendations!

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3 Responses to “Chinese New Year in London and Pimlico”

  1. Angela says:

    Hope you had a great time at the New Year celebrations! It was a colourful and exciting day. You may be interested in some of our pictures including some of the delicious food that was available!
    Pictures of London’s Chinese New Year
    Please have a look, Happy New Year!

  2. Bathroom Fitters says:

    Chinese New year is a chance for me to see the traditions of china which is always very inspiring to me and I really like these celebrations and enjoyed well and learn a lot about them. I like the all about Chinese traditions , colours and symbols.

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