Where to eat in London for Chinese New Year 2018

10 authentic Chinese restaurants in London

On Sunday 18th February big celebrations, dragons and carnival costumes will fill up London’s China Town and the West End. Why? To celebrate Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is always a very happy festival in London with colourful parades and lion dances in China Town. You can grab delicious Chinese street food in Trafalgar Square while enjoying free entertainment and an amazing fireworks display, marking the Year of the Dog.

Chinese hina Town NEw YEar in LOndon 2018

Hundreds of thousands of people come every year to London to celebrate this spectacular event, so get ready for overcrowded streets and very busy restaurants.

We asked one of our Chinese team for the 10 best Chinese restaurants in China Town and across London to eat for Chinese New Year (you also don’t want to end up in a super touristy Chinese restaurant). We also asked them to give us the best dish in each place: if you are not familiar with Asian food or if you want to follow the advice of an expert, we’ve got you covered!

Here you go with a list on non-touristy Chinese restaurants in London where you can enjoy the best Chinese cuisine and feel the New Year’s festive authentic spirit:

  1. Tao Tao Ju: their staff are incredibly nice, their Dim Sum are delicious.

tao Tao Ju - Where to eat for Chinese new year in London

Price Range: ££

Address15 Lisle St, London WC2H 7BE

  1. Wong Kei: known as “the rudest restaurant in London”, this is a huge multi-level Chinatown stalwart with communal dining and vast menu of Cantonese classics. Main reason to go their? Affordable prices and their roast pork and duck with rice.

Wong Key - cheap chinese restaurant in London for chinese new year 2018

Price Range: £

Address41-43 Wardour St, London W1D 6PY

  1. Sichuan Folk: enjoy a typical Sichuan menu near Old Spitalfields Market and try their specialty, the Hot Pot.

sichuan folk - chinese restaurant near liverpool street

Price Range: ££

Address32 Hanbury St, London E1 6QR

  1. Shikumen: classic Chinese cuisine and creative cocktails are served in this high-end Chinese restaurant. Don’t miss their Peking Duck, we hear it’s exquisite.

peking-duck - Shikumen best chinese restaurant in london for chinese new year

Price Range: £££

AddressDorsett Hotel, 58 Shepherd’s Bush Green, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8QE

  1. Tian Fu: also in the Shepherd’s Bush area, this spot offers a rich hot pot buffet but if you ask us, grilled fish is the dish you can’t miss from the menu. Ideal to go for dinner with friends or colleagues and have some post-dinner fun at their karaoke sessions.

tian Fu grileld fish - non touristy chinese restaurant in london

Price Range: ££

Address39 Bulwer St, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 8AR

  1. JinLi: becoming really popular, this little gem is situated in the heart of central London. Their signature dish, JinLi Grilled Fish in Chilli Oil, is a must.

JinLi - chinese restaurants in central london for chinese new year

Price Range: ££

Address4 Leicester St, London WC2H 7BL

  1. Joy Luck: if you don’t know where to eat good noodles in Chinatown, Joy Luck is the place you are looking for (and will bring you foodie fortune too).

Joy Luck - good noodles restaurant in china town

Price Range: £

Address47 Gerrard St, London W1D 5QJ

  1. Sichuan Chef: the staff at this Kensington spot are very welcoming and their Lunch Special Menu is sooo yummy. Perfect for your lunch break!

Sichuan Chef - chinese restaurant in Kensington

Price Range: £££

Address15 Kenway Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0RP

  1. JRC Global Buffet: they are massive and all over the place. Their all-you-can-eat menus are a great deal and you can choose any type of cusine you like, including Chinese, Thai and Sushi. Visit JRC Global Buffet from the 15th February to the 2nd March and receive a voucher to be redeemed against exclusive dishes from their special menu.

JRC Buffet - All you can eat chinese restaurant in London

Price Range: £

Address: multiple locations.

  1. Crystal China: head to Crystal China next time you are wondering around Tower Bridge. Choose your favourite ingredients and their chef will make a delightful meal out of them.

crystal-china - chinese restaurant near tower bridge london

Price Range: ££

Address78-80 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 4TP


Our celebration will start tonight, Thursday 15th February for the first event of the week: Chinese New Year’s Eve. We are going to try out one of the places from this list with our Mini Stay students… we will keep you posted!

To see how to book a Mini Stay English Course in London and all the activities included in the programme, click here.