Celebrate Chinese New Year in London on 5 February 2019. The Year of the Pig kicks off with a colourful Chinese parade in London’s Chinatown. Follow its route through Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue in London’s West End.

Watch dance troupes, acrobats, dragon and flying lion dances  take to the stage in Trafalgar Square. At the end of the day, fireworks and a show takes centre stage at the grand finale.

Head for the neighbouring lantern-festooned streets of China Town for the best atmosphere. It’s a good idea to book ahead if you want to eat out as restaurants will be busy during the 16-day festival season. Foodie highlights include dumplings, sweet rice balls, and long noodles to ensure an auspicious year filled with wealth, family togetherness and longevity.