2017 is the Chinese Year of the Rooster, and from the end of January London will be filled with decorations and dancers. Not sure how to celebrate? We've got you covered.

London's Chinese New Year Parade

This is the biggest celebration of Chinese New Year in the world outside of China. The street party will begin at 10am on Sunday 29 January and takes place along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. It will then wind its way around the rest of central London.

Local musicians will grace the stage on Shaftesbury Avenue, and there will be performances and martial arts displays at Charing Cross.

National Maritime Museum

Each year, the NMM celebrates British East Asian heritage with a plethora of performances, activities and workshops. Suitable for families, it's an ideal place to start learning about the history of Chinese-British relations, trade and cultural exchange.

Entry is absolutely free and the festivities take place on Sunday 29 January from 11am until 4pm.

Magical Lantern Festival

Back for its second year, the UK Chinese Lantern festival will see a whole host of beautifully crafted illuminations float up into the night sky at Chiswick House and Garden. 2017's festivities include theatre performances and over 50 light installations.

Be sure to catch a glimpse of the giant fire rooster if you do attend this fantastic and awe-inspiring event. Lasting for over a month, the festival reflects the significant route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China, aka Silk Road.

Cutty Sark

Following on from the National Maritime Museum celebrations, the Cutty Sark is hosting paper-cutting workshops.

On Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February, children and families can learn how to make their own paper shapes to decorate their homes and learn about Chinese culture, all whilst being aboard one of the most famous ships in British history.

The Museum of London Docklands

The Museum of London Docklands will also put on a range of activities and crafts for families and young children. Create your own paper decorations and zodiac mobiles, and listen to enchanting Chinese fairy tales.

Have a bite to eat in Chinatown

Of course, one of the best ways to see in Chinese New Year is by enjoying some of the country's delicious cuisine. Chinatown is definitely the place to go, but we do advise you to book well in advance (i.e now) in order to secure a table.

Baiwie is great if you're in the mood for something spicy, whist Baozi Inn is perfect if you're after something a little quirky.

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