It's time to celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome in the Year of the Rat. Falling on 25 January, this is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar. Festivities take place in central London on 26 January across the West End, with family entertainment in Leicester Square and performances on the main stage in Trafalgar Square. As well as the traditional dragon and flying lion dances, there will be stage performances of Chinese dance and music and martial arts displays.
A New Year feast often includes include dumplings, whose golden colour is associated with wealth and good fortune. Try your hand at making sweet dumplings at a workshop at the National Gallery Family Festival .
Chicken dishes are also popular on the festive menu, since the word for chicken sounds similar to the Chinese word for good luck. Fish is often served with the head and tail intact to denote a good start and finish to the year. Head to one of the area's many Chinese restaurants to celebrate Chinese New Year in style.
More information on the event is available at VisitLondon.