Hi, I will start by introducing myself, I am Kieran O’Neill, recently trainee at London Homstays. Party lovers, it seems obvious to me to talk you about the Chinese New Year, which is getting closer and closer. If you are missing the atmosphere of the holiday season already and you want to go out to party, you will be pleased to know the Chinese New Year that will take place this weekend.
This year will be under the sign of the rooster, a sign that once again promises to plunge London into a busy weekend in colours, dragons and noise. Indeed, The British capital represents the most important festivities of the world for this event after China of course. It is the perfect opportunity to come to the centre of London to taste the Chinese specialties, but be sure to reserve your table in advance as you will not be the only ones to participate to this unique atmosphere. Many Chinese restaurants or clubs will practice special rates for the occasion.
You can enjoy the various shows or other events organised especially for this Chinese New Year. Musical and dance performances will take place at the Children’s Museum, as well as the traditional Chinese concert celebrating its 20th edition. Hearing the Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra and the Zhejiang Traditional Orchestra will plunge you even more into the Chinese culture that will be honoured this weekend.
What’s more beautiful than Chinese lanterns on a cold London night? For the second time you can find the Chinese magic lantern festival at Chiswick House and Garden, accompanied by a theatre and fifty light artistic installations.
While staying in the discovery of Chinese art culture, you can learn to decorate your home at lower cost thanks to the origami workshop that will be present at Cutty Sark next to the University of Greenwich. What would be a Chinese celebration without a history page? Because the UK and China have a long history of cultural and commercials exchanges, learn more at the National Maritime Museum, where educational shows and workshops will be organizsd. Ideal for your families.
Whoever you are, whatever your goal for this weekend, there is plenty happening in London!