It’s Chinese New Year on 25th January and 2020 is the Year of the Rat. The rat is the first of all the zodiac signs and has been seen as a symbol of both wealth and surplus – people born in a Rat year are supposed to be prosperous, so good for all you rats out there! Chinatown always hosts a big parade for Chinese New Year but a bunch of restaurants are getting in on the action too with celebrations of their own.

Park Chinois

Park Chinois is ringing in the Year of the Rat with a host of events and performances including lion dancing, Chinese drumming, a champagne CNY brunch and a whisky-pairing dinner with The Dalmore. Throughout the celebrations, the restaurant will also be running a special menu featuring dishes like eight treasure soup and gold leaf rice cake.

Weds 22nd January – Sun 2nd February 2020
17 Berkeley St, London W1J 8EA


Instead of rat baos, those clever kids at BAO are doing mouse baos instead. These cheese beef shortrib babies will only be available across the weekend and portions are limited, so you’ll need to be quick to get your hands on one.

Sat 25th & Sun 26th January 2020
Various locations


Hakkasan’s Chinese New Year menu has been designed to reflect good health and fortune, with each dish inspired by elements of the lunar calendar. There’s abalone and wild mushroom golden treasure pockets, presented as money bags for wealth; wok-fried scallops with taro mousseline and brown butter black bean sauce, to symbolise new opportunities; and the Lucky Jie salted caramel ganache, mandarin, chilli and cocoa dessert, presented as a lucky Chinese knot.

Mon 13th January – Sun 9th February 2020
Mayfair and Fitzrovia


Yauatcha is drawing on the zodiac legend The Great Race for its limited edition Chinese New Year menu. As well as dishes like crispy rice and silver cod with pickled golden beets, and a Lohan vegetable claypot with cloud ear mushroom, bean curd and black truffle, the pastry team has created 12 different coloured macarons, one for each of the zodiac animals.

Mon 13th January – Sun 9th February 2020
City of London and Soho


As well as installing traditional red lanterns in the restaurant to symbolise happiness, wealth and vitality, Andrew Wong has created a special menu for Chinese New Year. The dishes include prosperity salad (raw veggies topped with salmon and plum sauce), roasted duck jiaozi, black truffled pumpkin with salted duck egg emulsion, seabass with double deluxe soy and ginger spring onion, longevity noodles, and yuzu layered cake. The staff will also be handing out fortune cookies to all guests, which are filled with prizes and offers for the restaurant.

Until Sun 9th February 2020
19 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR


As it’s the Year of the Rat, which is supposed to one of wealth and surplus (fingers crossed anyway), RedFarm is giving you the chance to try your luck by rolling the red dice. Roll an 8, select a traditional red envelope and you could win prizes like a free glass of fizz, free dessert or dinner for two. On top of that, you can tuck into luxurious specials like shrimp & spinach dumplings with seared scallop & caviar. Who’s feeling lucky?

Sat 25th January 2020
9 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HZ

Fatt Pundit

Indo-Chinese restaurant Fatt Pundit, which specialises in Hakka cuisine (a style of cooking that comes from Chinese immigrants in Kolkata) is the place to go if you want something a little alternative this Chinese New Year. As well as the regular a la carte menu, Fatt Pundit will be putting on two specials – szechuan momos and lamb bothi paratha – for the celebrations.

Sat 25th January 2020
77 Berwick St, London W1F 8TH

Lucky & Joy

The Chinese-inspired restaurant run by Ellen Parr and Pete Kelly is serving a up seven-course menu full of lucky ingredients for Chinese New Year. After starting with a Szechuan negroni you can feast on dishes like turnip cake with shiitake, black vinegar and a soft egg (for good fortune), sesame noodles with chilli oil (for longevity) and grilled seabass with pickled and salted chillies (for prosperity).

Until Sat 25th January 2020
95 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 0NP