Things To Do In London: Chinese New Year 2015

On 19 February, London's Chinese community celebrates the Year of the Sheep. Much of the capital is preparing for New Year (or Spring Festival) with a multitude of special events. We've rounded up the best, to help you plan for fun, feasting and firecrackers.

Image taken from Yauatcha website.

CHINESE FOOD: What better way to celebrate than with traditional Chinese food? Take your pick from our round-up of the best places to eat in Chinatown, or our list of the best Chinese restaurants that are nowhere near Chinatown. Also, why not celebrating Baijiu Cocktail Week?

ART EXHIBITION: Halcyon Gallery in New Bond Street is displaying a series of 12 bronze animal sculptures inspired by the Chinese Zodiac. The artworks are created by Dashi Namdakov. Free, just turn up, until 12 April

POP ART SHEEP: Modern Chinese restaurant Yauatcha in Soho gets a makeover with its Year of the Sheep pop art window display and wool makeover. In addition, the usual menu is fluffed up with themed cocktails and sweets. Until 28 February

FREE LION DANCE: The Royal China Group restaurant chain hosts free 'lion dances', the traditional good luck performance that wends its way through the capital's streets. Branches and dates for the shows are: Baker Street on 20 and 25 February; Queensway on 23 February; Canary Wharf on 24 February; Harrow on the Hill on 27 February and Fulham on 28 February. Prebooking is suggested, shows are all at 7.30pm

BRITISH MUSEUM: A week-long series of events in and around the museum is open to everyone (but especially children) with the creation of a giant artwork in the Great Court and stories about China. From 16-20 February, free, just turn up, daily at 11am

FUN FOR KIDS: The V&A Museum of Childhood dedicates an entire day of workshops and activities to Chinese culture. Children can make shadow puppets, dress up and discover objects in the collection related to Chinese culture. On 19 February, free, just turn up, 10am-4pm

SUPPER CLUB: Craving Coffee in Seven Sisters celebrates the arrival of the New Year with a supper club inspired by Chinese, Singaporean and Malaysian food heritage. Tickets include a four course meal and a glass of prosecco. On 19 February, £38+bf, prebook, 6.30pm

Horniman Museum hosts a Chinese Late on 26 February.

NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM: The museum based in Greenwich opens its doors to families for a full day of performances and workshops. Little ones and grown-ups alike can discover how trade by sea brought people and cultural traditions from Asia to Britain. On 21 February, free, just turn up, 11am-4pm

DRAGON TALES: Join the Chinese celebration at Foyles in Westfield Stratford City. Listen to tales of scaly beasts and join an array of fun-filled craft activities, including the chance to make a Chinese dragon. On 21 February, free, prebook by email, 11am- noon

CHINESE PARADE: The capital's public celebration parade takes place on 22 February. Starting at 10am with a parade from Duncannon Street to Shaftesbury Avenue, the celebrations go on all day with more entertainment in Trafalgar Square — full information here. On 22 February, free to watch, 10am-6pm

CHILDREN'S CRAFT WORKSHOP: Children's author Elinor Greenwood runs a Chinese-themed craft workshop at Stanfords' flagship store in Covent Garden. Learn how to create traditional Chinese decorations, and how to write and interpret Chinese characters. Activities recommended for ages 6-12. On 22 February, £3, prebook, 12pm/2pm/4pm

LAUDERDALE HOUSE: The community house in Highgate hosts a fundraising event dedicated to children and their families. Comfortable clothes are suggested as kids will be involved in a lot of outdoor activities including craft making and dance. On 22 February, £7, prebook, 11am-1pm

BLOOMSBURY THEATRE: UCLU presents an evening of live performance and fun at the Bloomsbury Theatre. Students from UCL perform live during the evening and there's the chance to socialise after the event. On 24 February, £15/£10, prebook, 7.30pm

CHINESE LATE: The Horninam Museum welcomes cutting-edge Chinese artists for a one-off celebration. During the evening, enjoy art installations, film screenings, music and themed tours. On 26 February, £5, prebook, 6.30pm-9.30pm