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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Welcome the Year of the Wood Dragon, a sign associated with strength, health and prosperity for the coming year. We've rounded up some rather special places to celebrate.

The Chinese Cricket Club

Housed in the Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars, the Chinese Cricket Club's talented head chef Tony Truong has curated a spectacular sharing menu for a minimum of four diners. Kick off the celebrations with appetisers featuring a traditional dish of Prosperity Salad with tuna, salmon & yellowtail, and a classic Peking duck. Standout main courses include steamed whole seabass with spring onion & ginger and roasted BBQ pork with jellyfish.

Available: 7th February - 17th February

Price: from £128pp

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Ping Pong Restaurants

The Ping Pong Restaurant group has created a range of special menu items to celebrate Chinese New Year 2024: delicious Crispy Dragon Balls (king prawn wrapped in a crispy, shredded pastry served with spicy mango sauce), Aubergine Oriental Salad (aubergine slices marinated in signature oriental sauce, sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds and served with freshly chopped green onion and chilli), Giant Soup dumpling (traditional large soup dumpling with pork wrapped in wheat flour pastry, served with oriental sesame soy sauce) and  Green Tea & Mascarpone Dorayaki (two light and fluffy golden pancakes with a green tea, red bean and mascarpone cream filling, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream).

There's also a limited edition cocktail, Dragon Punch, in partnership with VIVIR Tequila to mark the occasion: VIVIR Tequila mixed with lychee sake, lychee juice and homemade agave chilli syrup, served with chia seeds and a dash of lime, garnished with dragon fruit crisps.

Available: 6th February - 5th March

Price: Various

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Pan Pacific London X Bun House Lunar Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a gorgeous selection of sweet and savoury buns curated by Executive Pastry Chef Francesco Mannino and Bun House’s co-founder and Chef Z He. There's a signature lamb and bamboo shoot bun, a black chocolate bun and a Mandarin filled with custard, which symbolises good luck in Chinese cultures. There are also two sui mai baskets and some very Instagrammable patisserie.

Available: Daily 12.30pm-4pm, from 8th February-25th March

Price: £68pp

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Chop Chop at The Hippodrome

Celebrate at one of London’s most acclaimed Cantonese restaurants, Chop Chop by Four Seasons at The Hippodrome. Ring in the Year of the Dragon with a selection of exquisitely crafted bite-sized buns and dumplings, Chop Chop’s signature dish of Cantonese-style roast duck and desserts made in collaboration with acclaimed Japanese patisserie Sakurado, including their signature pistachio mille crepe cake and yuzu cheesecake.

Available: Daily

Price: Various

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Deputy Editor, Chatting Food London: Amanda David

Amanda David is a freelance food writer specialising in London’s restaurants, bars, exhibitions and events. She is the Events Editor and a contributing writer for London Cheapo and a regular contributor to Palate Magazine

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