The annual Trafalgar Square festivities may be cancelled but there are still plenty of ways you can celebrate in London this Lunar New Year. From wishing trees at MiMi Mei Fair and Battersea Power Station’s light festival, to set menus at one of London’s top restaurants, here’s where to celebrate in the capital.
This month sees MiMi Mei Fair celebrate their very first Lunar New Year at their new Mayfair townhouse. From 24th January until 15th February, they are inviting customers, old and new, to revisit Empress MiMi’s culinary adventures, from the Kumquat forests of South China to the North Eastern jungles, home of the Amur tiger.
Served under a wishing tree canopy, complete with branches of deep fuschia peonies and chrysanthemums, the menu will begin with a ‘basket of wealth’, two styles of dim sum. Known for bringing good fortune, they’ll be filled with chicken and chive and sea bass and wasabi tobiko, followed by sears oysters with chilli mayo and lemon. Not to mention their signature steamed XO okra with shallot and enoki mushroom crumble.
A sharing dish of whole wok-baked lobster will be the centrepiece of the night, served in a rich umami broth and baby pak choy. To finish the feast off on the right root, guests will be invited to write and conceal their wishes of health, happiness and success for the coming year in a customary red tag to hang on the wishing tree.
When: 24th January – 15th February
Where: 55 Curzon Street, Mayfair, W1J 8PG
Guests are invited to ring in the Chinese New Year in style when they book in for Hutong’s celebrations. Available on Tuesday 1st February will be an exciting five-course Year of the Tiger menu. Priced at £125 per person, the menu includes dishes such as Lo Hei salad; scallop and prawn wonton with hot and sour soup; and Hutong’s famous roasted peking duck with homemade pancakes and hoisin sauce.
Lion dancers and a Chinese calligrapher will perform throughout the night. Over at the Shanghai Bar, their talented will will be serving up a cocktail inspired by the Year of the Tiger, complete with a personalised tiger on top.
When: 1st February
Where: Level 33 The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
Over at the Shanghai Bar, their talented will will be serving up a cocktail inspired by the Year of the Tiger, complete with a personalised tiger on top.
Battersea Power Station Light Festival
The Light Festival at Battersea Power Station has returned! To celebrate the Year of the Tiger, giant digital origami tigers have been displayed as part of the festival.
Created by LAVA (Laboratory of Visionary Architecture), the digital tigers combine methods of ancient lantern making with cutting-edge design and technology, and really are a sight to behold. They are made from recycled materials, including aluminum and barrisol, and use low energy LED lighting to bring the sculptures to life.
When: Until 27th February
Where: Battersea Power Station, Nine Elms, SW8 5BN
This Lunar New Year, Pan Pacific London is welcoming guests with open arms, offering countless blessings across their signature concepts, from an extra special Year of the Tiger afternoon tea in The Orchid Lounge to a set menu available at Straits Kitchen.
Executive chef Lorraine Sinclair and executive pastry chef Cherish Finden have infused The Orchid Lounge’s Singaporean style afternoon tea with a pinch of luck. Available until 28th February, the Year of the Tiger Kopi Tiam afternoon tea, priced at £72 per person, combines traditional favourites of the Chinese spring with Cherish’s signature flair. Expect to begin the affair with a red date and goji berries rock sugar tea, the first cup of tea to bring sweetness to the year, followed by a Chinese New Year prosperity box. There’ll be sweet treats including a mandarin orange with mandarin orange mousse, marmalade and tiger sponge; and a chocolate purse with 67% Guanaco, gula malaka sponge and lime namalaka.
Over at Straits Kitchen, you’ll find an epic feast of abalone shiitake with braised abalone with white asparagus; chilli lobster tail with chili crab spices; and a steam whole turbot with ginger, coriander, garlic and soya sauce. There’s also a special cocktail available: Raise the Red Lantern, made with cherry vinegar, lychee juice, Havana 3 Years Old, Grand Manier, spice syrup and lucky tiger.
Don’t miss your chance to wish for the year ahead on their Wishing Tree. Those dining for the afternoon tea will receive a wishing card that they can hang on the bonsai tree in The Orchid Lounge.
Cocktail bar The Last Talisman has launched a special menu of dumplings, egg custard baos and even a cocktail served in a classic takeaway box in celebration of Chinese New Year.
Owned by Eric Yu, whose roots come from Hong Kong, Chinese New Year is a really important celebration for him, his family and the bar’s talented team. Alongside the special menu, the team have created Golden Envelopes filled with Talisman Pounds which will be given to guests and hidden around the Bermondsey Street area for locals to find the week of Chinese New Year. Each envelope contains Talisman Pounds which can be spent in The Last Talisman, the Drinking House and Asian Grill on Bermondsey Street. So celebrate the Year of the Tiger with a feast of food and memorable, expertly crafted cocktails.
When: 31st January – 6th February
Where: 171-173 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UW
Opium Chinatown will be offering a special menu that includes four new cocktails inspired by the Year of the Tiger. The menu includes the likes of the Do Not Upset The Tiger, a tequila-based drink with chilli and lime; The Return of Fu Manchu, a dark-rum based drink with absinthe, coconut and pineapple; and the Mandarin Royale, made using 100% sustainable Element 29 Vodka, fresh mandarin, Szechuan peppers, cloves, vanilla and topped with Prosecco.
Available from 29th January until 5th February, for £50 guests can enjoy a special menu of dim sum, an egg custard tart, a cocktail, a lucky red envelope and an Opium fortune cookie. On 2nd February, they’ll also be hosting a cocktail masterclass that’ll see guests whipping up three drinks from their Chinese New Year Menu.
Kicking off the Year of the Tiger early is Park Chinois, Mayfair’s luxurious Chinese restaurant, who have partnered with Hennessy X.O. to pair bespoke cocktails with their decadent eight-dish special menu.
Available from 28th January to 6th February, guests are invited to immerse themselves in all of the theatrics, complete with traditional lion dancing sweeping from table to table. Executive chef Lee Che Liang has created a stunning menu, featuring stir-fried Australian wagyu beef with taro; steamed sea bass with bottarga and XO sauce; and a baked sweet rice tart with gold leaf and sesame tiger dumplings served with plum wine. Not forgetting plenty of cocktails to go around too.
When: 28th January – 6th February
Where: 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Celebrating the Year of the Tiger, TĪNG Restaurant and Lounge will offer a special menu, with traditional dishes taking inspiration from their Asian properties.
Guests can look forward to a feast of aromatic duck spring rolls; vegetarian ‘duck’; chicken and abalone fried rice with XO sauce; prawn and abalone Shanghai noodles with XO sauce; and a special chocolate and miso bar or pineapple and raspberry dome to finish.
For drinks, their team will be whipping up a special signature Eye of the Tiger cocktail, made with Roku Gin, yuzu sake, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, agave and aquafaba. Or, for those not drinking there’s a delicious Yuzu Refresher mocktail.
Chinatown’s Bun House, the Cantonese-style steamed bun specialist, is celebrating the Lunar New Year with the launch of their brand new ‘The Tiger Who Came For Tea and Buns’ menu.
Inspired by the Year of the Tiger, their take on a classic afternoon tea will feature their much-loved buns, including a savoury tiger bun complete with its very own tail. There’ll also be a classic scone and sweet treats including a sesame mille feuille with delicate sheets of crisp sesame pastry and layered with clotted cream and spiced plum jam – yum.
When: 1st – 27th February
Where: 26-27 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA