Chinese New Year 2019 – year of the pig

This year’s Chinese New Year celebrations will take place on Sunday 10 February 2019 in Trafalgar Square, Dean Street, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and Chinatown.

Saturday 9 February will see a smaller community-led day of celebrations in the Chinatown area with local road closures between 11.30am and 6pm.

1. Event programme - Sunday 10 February

Trafalgar Square Stage - midday to 6pm
Shaftesbury Avenue Stage - midday to 5pm (parade commentary from 10am)
Leicester Square Stage - midday to 5pm
Charing Cross Road Stage - midday to 5pm (parade commentary from 10am)
Lion Dance (Chinatown) - midday to 5pm
Market Stalls (various locations) - 10am to 5.30pm
Parade (Duncannon Street to Shaftesbury Avenue) - 10.15am to 11.30am

2. Road closures

Saturday 9 February (11.30am to 6pm):
- Dansey Place
- Gerrard Place
- Gerrard Street
- Leicester Place
- Leicester Street
- Lisle Street
- Little Newport Street
- Macclesfield Street
- Newport Place
- Wardour Street (between Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street)
Sunday 10 February (8am to 8pm):
*7am where indicated **6am where indicated
- Archer Street
- Bear Street
- Chandos Place closed westbound from Bedford Street
- ** Charing Cross Road slip (west of the old WCC Public Convenience Island adjacent to Irving Street/ Orange Street) - closed at 06:00hrs
- Charing Cross Road – from Denmark Street to St Martins Place
- Coventry Street between Haymarket and Wardour Street
- Cranbourne Street – east and west of Charing Cross Road
- Dansey Place
- ** Dean Street between Shaftesbury Avenue and Old
- Compton Street - closed at 06:00hrs - Denman Place
- ** Duncannon Street between St Martin’s Place and Strand - closed at 06:00hrs
- Frith Street (between Shaftesbury Avenue and Old Compton Street)
- Gerrard Place
- Gerrard Street
- Great Windmill Street
- Greek Street (between Shaftesbury Avenue and Old Compton Street)
- Ham Yard
- High Holborn closed west of Kingsway
- Hyde Park Corner slip to Piccadilly eastbound
- Irving Street
- Knightsbridge / Piccadilly Underpass closed eastbound at Hyde Park Corner
- Leicester Place
- Leicester Square
- Leicester Street
- Lisle Street
- Litchfield Street
- Little Newport Street
- Macclesfield Street
- Monmouth Street from Shaftesbury Avenue
- Moor Street
- New Compton Street from St Giles High Street
- New Oxford Street between High Holborn and Museum Street
- Newport Place
- Orange Street
- Oxenden Street
- * Pall Mall East - closed at 7am
- Panton Street
- Romilly Street
- Rupert Street between Archer Street and Coventry Street and between Coventry Street and Shaftesbury Avenue
- Shaftesbury Avenue – Both directions between Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross Road (Cambridge Circus) and Westbound from St Giles High Street to Charing Cross Road (Cambridge Circus)
- St Martin’s Place between Irving Street and Trafalgar Square
- St Martin’s Street
- * Suffolk Place - closed at 7am
- * Suffolk Street - closed at 7am
- Trafalgar Square – west side closed from 7am and east side closed from 8am
- Wardour Street – closed from Shaftesbury Avenue to Old Compton Street
- West Street
- * Whitcomb Street- closed at 7am
- William IV Street closed between Charing Cross Road and St Martin’s Lane and westbound between Adelaide Street and St Martin’s Lane

3. Parking suspensions

There will be a number of parking suspensions in operation across the event weekend to facilitate the event activities and to ensure the event can take place safely. All affected parking bays will have suspension signage clearly displayed.

4. Businesses

If your business is located within the road closure area for the Chinese New Year celebrations, please ensure that you have checked impact on your planned commercial waste collections. You will not be able to place waste outside of your premises during the times when the road closures are in place, as any obstruction to the highway during the event could impact public safety. Please contact commercial waste services at if you require any further advice.

Please ensure there are no other obstructions on the pavements outside or in front of business premises on 9 and 10 February.

5. Contact

Noise levels will be monitored throughout the event to reduce impact to the local area. If you have any concerns about noise levels on the day please contact the London Chinatown Chinese Association's resident’s hotline via 07456 324732. This hotline will be operate on Saturday 9 February and Sunday 10 February from 9am to 7pm.

Should you have any questions on queries about any aspect of the Chinese New Year 2019 celebrations, please visit the LCCA website or call 020 7437 6888.

Alternatively, prior to the event you can contact Westminster City Council on 020 7641 4103 or via

Last updated: 29 January 2019
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