Where is it better to celebrate Chinese New Year than in Chinatown itself? Whether it’s the legendary soup buns on the aptly named Dumplings’ Legend, the fried duck in Cantonese style on Four Seasons, the plentiful buns on BaoziInn, the sizzling sea bass on JinLi or one of the many, many other culinary delights in this delicious enclave, you will be well served.
Poon’s at Mortimer House
The Poon family – run by Bill Poon, who opened his famous, once Michelin-starred, eponymous Chinese restaurant in London back in the 1970s, now resurrected by his daughter Amy – will take over the Mortimer House kitchen for this two-night celebration. On February 9, dinner is served around bubbling hot pots, while on February 10, Poon’s most famous dishes are celebrated with a seven-course tasting menu.
From £ 55pp, February 9-10, 37-41 Mortimer Street, W1T 3JH, sevenrooms.com
Two Michelin-starred champion Andrew Wong will launch a new evening menu at his Pimlico restaurant in time for Chinese New Year. Inspired by imperial banquets from the Qing Dynasty, the delicacies will range from seared black lamb with chili and peanuts to cod skins with fermented chili and scalded Chinese chives – vegetarian options are also available.
£ 135pp, from 1 February, 70 Wilton Road, SW1V 1st, awong.co.uk
£ 118pp 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD and 17 Bruton St, W1J 6AE, hakkasan.com
Do you feel lucky? Go to one of BAO’s locations in London (Soho, Fitzrovia, Borough, King’s Cross or Shoreditch) and order either a classic or Daikon bun between 28 January and 13 February and you will be given a red envelope. Inside you will find a gift – from 5 GBP to spend in their digital supermarket, to a coupon for a box of in-house beer – with a lucky recipient to receive a free BAO every day in 2022. Orange-and-black striped buns will also be served from Cafe BAO in King’s Cross and online to mark the Year of the Tiger.
Various places, 28 January-13. February, baolondon.com
15-17 Broadwick St, W1F 0DL and Broadgate, EC2M 2QS, yauatcha.com
A Hoxton favorite, the Museum of the Home, is hosting a day of free activities for all ages to mark the arrival of the lunar new year. Make your own hand-spinning drum in a creative workshop, get swept up in a live storytelling session, watch a movie about Vietnamese house gardens and much more.
Free, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 5, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA, museumofthehome.org.uk
17 Berkeley St, W1J 8EA, parkchinois.com
Wing Wing specializes in the heavenly combination of Korean fried chicken and beer, and is expanding its menu for the lunar new year with a limited-edition meal deal. Get six tiger-striped wings, drenched in hot buldak mayonnaise dressing, with chips and a bottle of Shoju for £ 14.50, or swap the drink out with Aloe Vera juice to beat three pounds off the price.
Until 15 February WC2 and WC1, wingwing.co.uk
Battersea power plant
Since 2010, a pair of huge tiger sculptures designed by the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture have been traveling around the world, and now they have landed in London. The so-called Digital Origami Tigers combine the art of making the lantern with modern design and will be exhibited at Battersea Power Station as part of the Light Festival.
Until February 27, SW8, batterseapowerstation.co.uk
MiMi Mei Fair
This state-of-the-art Mayfair restaurant has undergone a New Year’s makeover with a wishing tree of kumquat garlands, fuschia peonies and chrysanthemums installed to eat under. The food will be just as spectacular – wok-baked lobster, dim sum, seared oysters and more will be offered as part of a traditional party menu.
£ 98pp, until 15 February, 55 Curzon Street, W1J 8PG, mimimeifair.com
Head up the Shard for a meal overlooking the Hutong, whose Chinese New Year celebration will consist of a five-course meal, lion dancers and a Chinese calligrapher. Pamper yourself with a traditional Lo Hei salad before enjoying the main event, fried peking duck with homemade pancakes and hoisin sauce. Also, be sure to try the disposable cocktail – Don Julio Blanco, nigori sake, mandarin puree, lime juice and pepper honey – as half of its net sales will be donated to WWF to help protect tigers in the wild.
£ 125pp, 33 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY, hutong.co.uk