Join London as we celebrate the Chinese New Year 2018. Officially the largest celebration outside of Asia, with colourful parades, performances and displays in and around Chinatown and London’s West End.

This is a Medium Impact event.

This year will celebrate the Year of the Dog.

Key locations include:

  • Trafalgar Square
  • Charing Cross Road
  • Chinatown
  • Shaftesbury Avenue.

Saturday 17 February:
Community festival in the Chinatown area only with local road closures between 11:30am – 6:00pm. The event entails ceremonial lion dances carrying out blessings of businesses in the Chinatown area. This event is not advertised to the general public.

Sunday 18 February:
Main celebrations for Chinese New Year including:

Trafalgar Square – food stalls on Pall Mall East, sponsor and craft stalls on the north terrace. GLA area includes food stalls on West side of Trafalgar Square, dry goods stalls on east side, screens and the main performance stage. Flight simulator, LFB and MPS activities on East side of Trafalgar Square.

Leicester Square – zodiac display, children’s activities, dry goods trading stalls on north Terrace. Grass area of the parks will not be used due to returfing.

Chinatown – lion dances and a small number of dry goods stalls on Gerrard Place. No food stalls in Chinatown.

Charing Cross Road – community dry goods trading stalls and a performance stage at j/w Irving Street.

Shaftesbury Avenue – small performance stage on Dean Street, parade float displays, dry goods trading stalls.

Key timings on Sunday 18 February (Main celebrations) include:
6:00am – Road closure of Duncannon Street and Dean Street
7:00am – Pall Mall East
9:00am – Main event road closures
10:15am – Parade starts at Duncannon Street and travels up Charing Cross Road to Shaftesbury Avenue and disperses in Rupert Street. Approx. 1 hour.
12:00pm – Stage content and event activities start
6:00pm – Stage content and event activities finish
8:00pm – Roads reopen.

Protective Measures:
Double lines of MPS barrier will be placed at road closure points as a visual deterrent for protective measures.

Metropolitan Police are aware of the following protests:

  • Previous years has seen protesters from Falun Gong in Chinatown.
  • In addition, as this year is ‘Year of the Dog’ Metropolitan Police have identified a potential ‘Say No to Dog Meat’ march, however there is no intelligence of numbers.
  • Kurdish March and rally, approx. 2000 people – Click here for further details.

Business and Resident engagement:
Business and resident engagement has been carried out by the production company – Click here to view the letter.

Parallel Activity:
Parallel activity identified in close proximity include:
Saturday 17 February

  • Delivery of truss to works site on Whitcomb Street
  • Set up for BAFTA film awards at Royal Albert Hall.

Sunday 18 February

  • Filming unit base in Waterloo Place
  • Interior filming in National Gallery with parking suspensions for generator on St. Martin’s Street
  • Protests as above
  • A final update to parallel activity will be shared on Friday 16 February with relevant services ahead of the event.

We are aware of the following works taking place over the weekend:

  • Newport Place and Newport Court
  • Cambridge Circus.