The stage is set for Chinese New Year in Westminster

Mon, 08/02/2016

Westminster would like to wish all our residents, businesses and visitors a Happy Chinese New Year, which starts today - Monday 8 February 2016.

Celebrations across Westminster for Chinese New Year will culminate on Sunday 14 February (10am to 6pm), with a parade and street performances that have been organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA), with support from Westminster City Council and the Mayor of London.

Celebrations on 14 February will start at 10am with a parade of several floats and costume characters working their way north along Charing Cross Road finishing on Shaftesbury Avenue. Street performances will follow this, including traditional dances, live opera and gravity-defying ceremonial lion dances in Trafalgar Square from 1pm.  The day will close with the Year of the Monkey Finale on the Trafalgar Square Stage at 5.25pm, including live performances and pyrotechnics.

The Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Flight and Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL (Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council) will join the President of the LCCA and the Chinese ambassador in wishing the crowds a happy New Year. There will also be a speech from the Deputy Mayor of London, Roger Evans AM, before a host of performers take to the stage.

Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Philippa Roe said: "Chinese New Year is a cultural highlight for Londoners of all backgrounds who rejoice in the vibrancy and colour of the celebrations we will see in Trafalgar Square on the 14 February. The Chinese community are a vital part of London’s rich and diverse social fabric, and I wish everyone a happy and prosperous Chinese Year of the Monkey."

Cllr Melvyn Caplan, Westminster City Council’s cabinet member for City Management, said: "Chinatown is one of the great attractions of the West End and Sunday’s festivities will be a wonderful celebration of the enormous contribution the Chinese community makes to the cultural life of the capital. At Westminster, we are proud to host the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside China itself. With thousands of revellers joining in the festivities, I would encourage people to plan their journeys in advance so they can make the most of the day. As the capital gears up for the party, I would like to wish all our residents and visitors a happy Chinese New Year."

For more details on the day’s entertainment, please view the schedule, or visit Chinatown London or the London Chinatown Chinese Association.

Chinese New Year road closures and parking suspension information

There will be associated road closures and parking suspensions in effect. 

Road closures

As a result of the celebrations around Chinese New Year, the following road closures will be in place in Westminster on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February 2016:  

Saturday 13 February

Road closures will be in place in Chinatown to accommodate ceremonial lion dances.

Streets closed 11.30am to 6pm:

  • Gerrard Street
  • Gerrard Place (maintaining access to the car park)
  • Macclesfield Street
  • Newport Place
  • Little Newport Street
  • Lisle Street
  • Leicester Place
  • Leicester Street
  • Dansey Place
  • Wardour Street (between Coventry Street and Shaftesbury Avenue only)

Sunday 14 February

Road closures will be in place to accommodate the main Chinese New Year celebrations.

Streets closed 7am to 8pm:

  • Duncannon Street
  • Pall Mall East
  • Wardour Street (between Shaftesbury Avenue and Winnett Street)

Streets closed 9am to 8pm:

  • Bear Street
  • Charing Cross Road (southbound from Denmark Street to Shaftsbury Avenue)
  • Charing Cross Road (between St Martin’s Place and Shaftesbury Avenue)
  • Coventry Street
  • Cranbourne Street (east and west of Charing Cross Road)
  • Dansey Place
  • Dean Street
  • Earlham Street
  • Frith Street (between Shaftesbury Avenue and Old Compton Street)
  • Gerrard Place
  • Gerrard Street
  • Greek Street (between Shaftesbury Avenue and Old Compton Street)
  • Gower Street
  • Irving Street
  • High Holborn (no entry westbound from junction with Kingsway)
  • Hyde Park Corner slip road (eastbound on to Piccadilly),
  • Hyde Park Corner underpass (eastbound from the junction with Knightsbridge)
  • Leicester Court
  • Leicester Place
  • Leicester Square
  • Leicester Street
  • Lisle Street
  • Little Newport Street
  • Long’s Court
  • Macclesfield Street
  • Moor Street (between Old Compton Street and Romilly Street)
  • New Compton Street (no entry westbound from St Giles High Street)
  • Newport Court
  • Newport Place
  • Orange Street
  • Oxenden Street
  • Panton Street
  • Piccadilly Arcade (between j/w Duke of Wellington Place and Piccadilly)
  • Romilly Street
  • Rupert Street (between Archer Street and Shaftsbury Avenue)
  • Rupert Street (between Shaftsbury Avenue and Coventry Street)

Parking suspensions

If your vehicle is parked on any of the affected roads, please ensure it is moved in time. If your vehicle has not been moved it will be relocated.

Friday 12 February

Parking suspended 12.01am to 11.59pm:

  • Litchfield Street
  • William IV Street

Saturday 13 February

Parking suspended 12.01am to 10pm:

  • Little Newport Street
  • Litchfield Street
  • William IV Street

Sunday 14 February

Parking suspended 12.01am to 8pm:

  • Charing Cross Road
  • Duncannon Street
  • Frith Street
  • Little Newport Street
  • Rupert Street
  • Shaftsbury Avenue
  • Wardour Street

Parking suspended 12.01am to 11.59pm:

  • Litchfield Street
  • Old Compton Street
  • William IV Street

Monday 15 February

Parking suspended 12.01am to 11.59pm:

  • Litchfield Street
  • William IV Street

Last updated: 7 February 2017
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