Officially, the party starts on Sunday Feb 14 and rounds off with the massive all-day parade in Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square on Sunday Feb 21. But there’s a range of festivities planned throughout the month.
Check 5 ideas to help you and your cubs go roaring into the New Year:
1. Chinese New Year at Museum in Docklands (Feb 6, 13-14, 21)
East London celebrates its long-standing links with Chinese immigrants with tea-tasting, walking tours, family crafts and the famous Lion Dance, a calmer alternative to the Trafalgar Square parade.
2. Dragons & Monsters at Lauderdale House (Feb 7)
Storyteller Veronica Needa recounts tales from her Hong Kong childhood, followed by a parent and child workshop to make Chinese charms for good luck in 2010. For ages 3-8.
3. Chinese New Year at Harrods (Feb 8-14)
The Food Halls serve up traditional green and white teas, dim sum, Peking duck pizza and a spectacular lion dance winding through the shop’s ground floor on February 14.
4. Tigers: A celebration of life at National Geographic (until Feb 28)
Wildlife photographer Andy Rouse’s stunning exhibition of the big cats in their natural habitat runs throughout February at the Piccadilly store. Book signing on Feb 6.
5. Chinese New Year at
National Maritime Museum (Feb 15-28)
Greenwich gets down with flag-making, tiger headdresses, films and a special day of activities and live performances on Feb 18.