London is to host the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Asia this weekend.
Chinese New Year is a prominent Chinese festival, celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Each year is associated with an animal and with the Chinese zodiac moving in a 12-year cycle, 2018 is the year of the Dog.
With Chinatown placed at the heart of London and a world-class tourist destination. Chinese New Year is a great opportunity for everyone from all walks of life to join in and celebrate Chinese traditions and culture through this free, family-friendly event.
Traffic disruption are expected throughout the event. We advise visitors not to drive into the city during the event. Visit the TfL website for the latest travel updates.
Road closures for this two-day event are as follows:
Saturday 17th Feb – Community Day
The Saturday is mainly a ‘community’ event with ‘Lion Dances’ confined within the established ‘China Town’ area, that takes place between 12:00pm and 6:00pm (1200 - 1800) with the following roads closed to through traffic between 11:30am and 6:00pm (1130 – 1800); Wardour Street (between Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street),
Sunday 18th Feb – Main Chinese New Year Celebrations
From 6:00am until 20:00pm
• Dean Street between Shaftesbury Avenue and Old Compton Street
• Duncannon Street between St Martin’s Place and Strand
From 07:00am until 20:00pm
• Pall Mall East and the west side of Trafalgar Square
• Charing Cross Road slip (west of the old WCC Public Convenience Island adjacent to Irving Street / Orange Street)
From 08:00am until 20:00pm
Road closures will be in place to accommodate the main Chinese New Year celebrations.
Parking suspensions are in place across the following streets, please check the suspension signs for timings and relocations: