The post-Christmas come down can be hard to deal with, especially with Spring and its promise of long evenings and bank holidays seeming a lifetime away. Don’t worry though, Chinese New Year is an equally magical time and a great excuse for a celebratory meal out! In 2014, “The Year of the Horse” will be celebrated on February the 2nd with parades and parties around the country including Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, China Town and Shaftesbury Avenue.Stay in a nearby Travelodge to join in all the celebrations.
Hakkasan near Tottenham Court Road is a glamorous restaurant, perfect for a swanky night out! Enjoy a meal and then party the night away listening to great DJ’s and drinking cocktails to your hearts content. Splash out and enjoy the Michelin starred cuisine, including the Peking Duck with Caviar of the signature Wagyu Beef. This is a once in a lifetime dining experience.
Royal China, near Queensway is perfect for Dim Sum in a lively environment. The house dinner comes in at a reasonable £30 per person and includes seven dishes as well as a Fresh Fruit Platter. The dedicated Chinese Tea bar is perfect for any tea lovers and the perfect place for a refreshing break in the middle of the day. If you don’t have time for a meal, sit down to enjoy a steaming cup.
For a great budget meal away from Central London head to Brick Lane for an authentic taste of Sichuan cuisine. The brave might like to try the Pig’s Trotters or Cold Sliced Offal. Slightly scary but utterly delicious!
For a meal right in the heart of China Town visit Wong Kei, famous for its Cantonese BBQ meat. This four storey restaurant is not for the faint hearted and definitely not the place to go for a relaxing meal out! Even so, on Chinese New Year it should be full of cheer and is definitely right in the heart of things!
Princess Garden in Mayfair is a specialist in northern Chinese cuisine and also sells a large selection of exquisite Dim Sum. The restaurant is 20 years old, has a large crowd of loyal customers and has just had a brand new refurbishment making it an impressive place to dine. Lobster is a speciality and there are plenty of dishes to choose from. Delicious!