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The best Chinese restaurants in London to celebrate Lunar New Year 2024

Indulge in the capital’s finest Chinese fare to ring in the Year of the Dragon

What better way to ring in Chinese New Year than by booking a table at one of the best Chinese restaurants in London? Lunar New Year is huge in the capital, with London playing host to the biggest celebrations outside of Asia. Saturday 10 February marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, a creature feted as being powerful, charismatic and lucky – and the capital’s finest restaurants are prepared to celebrate in style. From Michelin-starred hot spots to delectable dumplings, we’ve selected the best Chinese restaurants in London to visit for Chinese New Year 2024 and beyond.

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The Best Chinese restaurants in London
to celebrate Lunar New Year

Canton Blue

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Few new openings in the capital have garnered as much buzz as the Peninsula hotel, and within that Canton Blue has already been hailed as one of the finest Chinese restaurants in London. The Cantonese spot will be celebrating Lunar New Year in signature style from 7 – 16 February, adorned with festive decorations such as hanging red envelopes and Chinese kumquat trees, and rolling out a festival of events and special menus. 

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The Best Chinese Restaurants In London - Lunar New Year 2024Pin

Created by head chef Dicky To, the six-course Lunar New Year set menu was made for feasting, with dishes including drunken chicken with goji berries, steamed lobster with ginger, spring onion, baijiu and chicken sauce and wok-fried British wagyu tenderloin with garlic, black pepper. For dessert, firecracker cake with black sesame and mandarin compote is served to share among family and friends. On 10 February, a vibrant lion and dragon dance will take place in the hotel courtyard at 11am, a ritual designed to evoke good luck and fortune for the coming year. 

The Peninsula London, 1 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, London SW1X 7HJ
peninsula.com

Tattu

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When Tattu London first opened in 2022, it launched to much fanfare and quickly cemented itself as one of the capital’s most inventive Chinese fusion restaurants. For Lunar New Year, they’ve launched a special limited-edition menu from 9 – 24 February, which features a series of one-off dishes designed to symbolise good luck, strength and health.

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Highlights from the menu include the Peking Duck Money Bag, with hints of orange and chilli, and the decadent Year of the Dragon dessert, made with cashew butter fudge, honeycomb and marshmallow and served in a beautifully decorated glass. To wash it all down there’s the Dragon’s Breath cocktail, made with Bobby’s Gin, ODD hibiscus, lemongrass and pomegranate. Finishing the event off on Saturday 24 February you’ll find Chinese Lion dancers weaving around the restaurant floor, marking a celebration to remember. 

The Now Building Rooftop, Outernet, Denmark Street, Soho, London WC2H 0LA
tattu.co.uk

Ivy Asia

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Located at the top of the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, with spectacular views over neighbouring Hyde Park, Min Jiang is famous for serving up some of the finest Peking duck in London. Order one to watch the chef carve the duck’s crispy skin by your table, before pairing it with pancakes and an unusual array of condiments, including radishes, pickled vegetables and raw garlic paste.

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During that time, you’ll be able to sample their brand-new dim sum experience, where highlights include Siu Loong Bun, the pork-filled soup dumpling with a fragrant black truffle and mushroom broth, and Chicken Siu Mai, a steamed dumpling enveloped in a wonton pastry and adorned with gold leaf. There’s also a limited-edition Dragon Experience menu to try, which comes with a specially designed Red Dragon Martini cocktail. 

Sites in Chelsea, Mayfair and St Paul’s
theivyasia.com

Royal Garden Hotel, 2 – 4 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 4PT
minjiang.co.uk

Min Jiang

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Located at the top of the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, with spectacular views over neighbouring Hyde Park, Min Jiang is famous for serving up some of the finest Peking duck in London. Order one to watch the chef carve the duck’s crispy skin by your table, before pairing it with pancakes and an unusual array of condiments, including radishes, pickled vegetables and raw garlic paste.

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To mark the Year of the Dragon they’ve launched a special a la carte menu, which features traditional celebratory dishes such as crispy golden lobster in yuzu salted egg yolk sauce, king prawn, cashew nuts and straw mushroom in a crispy yam basket and braised pork knuckle with shitake mushroom, enoki mushroom and broccoli. For dessert, there’s classic sweet taro puree dessert with pumpkin sauce and melon seeds and “Nian Gao” pan-fried sweet glutinous rice cake. Little wonder this remains such a perennially popular spot with Chinese expats in the capital. 

Royal Garden Hotel, 2 – 4 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 4PT
minjiang.co.uk

Mei Ume at Four Seasons Trinity Square

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There are few dining rooms in London more impressive than the one at Mei Ume, with its lofty double-height ceilings and hand-painted panels inlaid with silk embroidery. Tucked away within the Four Seasons on Trinity Square, it’s a peaceful spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This year they’ve launched a special feasting menu in honour of Chinese New Year, as well as a programme of cultural celebrations to boot.

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Available for lunch and dinner from 5 – 24 February, it kicks off with the Yu Sheng ritual, or Prosperity Toss Salad, a tangy salad traditionally eaten whilst standing and tossed with chopsticks, with the higher the toss indicating the better the luck that person will have in the new year. Alongside that you’ll find succulent eight-treasures duck, steamed jumbo king prawns and braised vegetables with fermented red bean curd. To finish, there’s Tang Hulu, a sweet and sour treat which symbolises happiness for the year ahead. 

The Four Seasons, 10 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AJ
meiume.com

MiMi Mei Fair

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Spanning three floors of a Georgian townhouse in W1, MiMi Mei Fair is the third outpost from leading restaurateur Samyukta Nair (the woman behind Jamavar and Bombay Bustle) and remains her most fabulously flamboyant to date. The richly-detailed decor was fashioned around 1920s Shanghai and the imaginary private residence of Empress MiMi, with a jaw-droppingly beautiful coral and Wedgwood-blue parlour and a yellow drawing room where art lines the walls.

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The food at MiMi Mei Fair is no less spectacular, with renowned Chinese-Singaporean chef Peter Ho serving up an authentic and innovative menu. Order the xiao long bao, which come in all the colours of the rainbow, before moving on to whole langoustine wrapped in crispy noodles and anointed with a dab of Périgord truffle. The star of the show, however, is the roasted Peking duck, expertly carved at the table and served with sugar for the skin and homemade chilli and garlic sauces for the tender meat. 

55 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8PG 
mimimeifair.com

A. Wong

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Often hailed as the best modern Chinese food in London, chef Andrew Wong’s eponymous restaurant pays homage to China’s 2,000 years of culinary history, offering up delightful plates of dim sum as well as dishes like sea bass with fermented tofu sauce, wok-seared wagyu beef and crab claw with cured scallop, all made for sharing. 

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Located on bustling Wilton Road in Pimlico, the intimate restaurant was first opened as Kym’s in 1985 by Wong’s parents, before being relaunched with a new name in 2012 by Wong and his wife. Since then, it’s gone from strength to strength, being awarded a second Michelin star in 2021, making it the first Chinese restaurant in the UK to hold such a title. Their innovative food is a treat for all the senses, whether you’re sampling their daytime dim sum menu of their evening ‘Taste of China’ selection. 

70 Wilton Road, Pimlico, London SW1V 1DE 
awong.co.uk

Hakkasan Mayfair

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Any visit to Hakkasan is an occasion, but particularly during Lunar New Year, when they run a special menu that celebrates good fortune as well as their elevated take on contemporary Chinese cuisine. Until 24 February, the interiors will be decorated with red wishing ribbons featuring the lucky Chinese knot, which signifies good luck and a prosperous life, and dishes on offer include the “Wishes Of Prosperity” dim sum duo, smoked eight treasure duck and wild red king prawn with braised dragon beard noodles.

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Their regular menus are no less decadent, with stand-out dishes including Peking duck with caviar, roasted silver cod with champagne and honey and Wagyu beef sirloin. Start the night with one of their potent cocktails and prepare to be dazzled as each plate arrives from the kitchen. No wonder it remains one of London’s hottest tables in town two decades after opening. 

17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London W1J 6QB 
8 Hanway Place, Mayfair, London W1T 1HD
hakkasan.com

Hutong

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High above the capital’s skyline, on level 33 of The Shard, sits Hutong, the London offshoot of the glamorous Hong Kong favourite. This is a spot to come and be merry, where you can clink glasses of fizz over high-end Chinese cuisine with a side order of some of the finest views in London. 

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The menu – which bills itself as “occasionally fiery Northern Chinese cuisine” – is extensive, featuring all the finest dim sum, seafood, fish and meat dishes you can think of, as well as a few more unusual offerings like Rosé Champagne shrimp dumplings, crispy de-boned lamb ribs and pickled vegetable fried rice. Rest safe in the knowledge that whatever you order, it will be delicious.

33 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London SE1 9RY 
hutong.co.uk

Hunan

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This unassuming spot on Pimlico Road may not look like one of the best Chinese restaurants in London, but that’s exactly what it is. First opened in 1982, Hunan specialises in small plates and has been dubbed ‘the Chinese restaurant without a menu’, thanks to the fact that if you come for a meal here, there’s no ordering to be done. Instead, you’ll be asked what you don’t eat, before being presented with a series of dishes based on what’s in season at that time. 

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There are a few old favourites to look out for, though, like the French chips – not fries but in fact French beans with garlic and chilli – and their signature dish, a hearty broth of minced pork, Chinese mushroom and ginger. The wine list is just as well thought out, packed full of fruity Reislings and velvety Pinot Noirs to complement each dish. 

51 Pimlico Road, Pimlico, London SW1W 8NE 
hunanlondon.com

China Tang at The Dorchester

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China Tang, the subterranean Chinese restaurant at The Dorchester Hotel founded by the late Sir David Tang, is the perfect place to celebrate Lunar New Year in exuberant style. Its sleek polished mahogany interiors always get a cheerful update at this time of year, festooned with Chinese lanterns and spring blossoms by The Dorchester’s in-house florist, Phillip Hammond.

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Book for their perennially popular dim sum offering, where you can order plate after plate of Dover sole crab rolls with caviar, shrimp fried dumplings and Wagyu taro puffs, or come for dinner and settle down to a plate of their signature whole lobster noodles and golden king prawns with salted egg yolk. 

53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA 
chinatanglondon.co.uk

Imperial Treasure

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With sites in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore holding either one or two Michelin stars apiece, Imperial Treasure’s London outpost is a stalwart of refined Asian dining. Add a layer of luxury to your Lunar New Year celebrations by ordering Imperial Treasure’s signature Peking duck, which has to be ordered in advance and is prepared using the most traditional and authentic method.

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The lofty marbled space just off of London’s Pall Mall is a sight to behold, with its triple height ceilings and grand arched windows. Their Chinese New Year set menu is packed with high-end authentic Chinese specialties, including barbecued meats, steamed silver cod, honey glazed prawn and exceptional dim sum.

9-10 Waterloo Place, St James’s, London SW1Y 4BE
imperialtreasure.com

Park Chinois

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It’s hard to ignore the opulent 1930s art-deco spirit of luxe-Shanghai at Park Chinois, with its gold pillars, ruby red velvet banquettes and sultry lighting. The Mayfair restaurant is also at the forefront of London’s cabaret scene – but while they may be dab hands at putting on a performance, it’s their showstopping menu that attracts loyal crowds year after year.

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The mahogany-glazed Duck de Chine is a customer favourite and it’s not hard to see why. Chef Lee Che Liang and his 65-strong kitchen crew make it one of the most sumptuous iterations of the bird in the capital, which is roasted to order. Japanese wagyu beef (which features in no fewer than six dishes on the menu) is served tender with seasonal vegetables and the potted rice with summer black truffle is a must-try.

17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8EA
parkchinois.com

Kai Mayfair

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Both the owner and head chef of Kai Mayfair are Malaysian – but their imaginative Chinese-cuisine restaurant has maintained its one Michelin star since 2009. Head chef Alex Chow’s forward-thinking dishes teamed with the restaurant’s plush interiors and exuberant furnishings push the boundaries of what we expect from a Chinese restaurant in the UK.

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Yee-Sang (or yusheng) salad, the traditional New Year dish that literally translates as ‘raw fish’, inspires their fresh list of starters, which include the Heritage Yee-Sang with salmon carpaccio and sea bass with sweet plum and ginger. Other highlights include lip tingling sea bass in warming hot pots and 18-hour slow cooked pork belly. 

65 South Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2QU
kaimayfair.co.uk

Yauatcha

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The renowned dim sum tea house always creates a special menu in honour of Lunar New Year, full of crowd-pleasing Cantonese dishes. This year they’re following a playful dragon theme, with dragon phoenix dim sum platters and steamed Chilean sea bass sitting alongside Lucky Dragon sponge cakes with kumquat compote and Dragon Tail cocktails, made with Tanqueray 10, dragon fruit and raspberry cordial.

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But while they may be best known for their mouth-watering dim sum, their delicate desserts are just as impressive, with many of them crafted as miniature works of art. Don’t leave without trying their moreish macarons and petits gateaux, which cleverly blend the finest of French patisserie with Chinese heritage and ingredients. 

15-17 Broadwick Street, Soho, London W1F 0DL
Broadgate, The City, London EC2M 2QS 
yauatcha.com

Bao

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If you’re on the hunt for the best Chinese restaurants in London, Bao should be right near the top of your list. They’ve earned cult status for their fluffy Taiwanese steamed buns, and rightly so – you’ll be hard pressed to find any better in the capital. To celebrate Chinese New Year, they’ll be serving up Year of the Dragon BBGs on 10 and 11 February, shaped like a dragon claw and filled with molten chocolate and cherry.

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They’re also ringing in the new year by launching a pop-up kiosk at Dover Street Market, where they’ll be serving up their signature baked goods as well as an array of collaborative bags, shoes and hats with Simone Rocha, SHUSHU/TONG and Deathmask. 

Locations in Soho, King’s Cross, Battersea Power Station, Marylebone and Shoreditch
baolondon.com

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