If you’ve just about recovered from celebrating New Year in January, get ready to do it all over again on 16 February, when a sixth of the world’s population will be marking Chinese New Year. 2018 is the Year of the Dog – book a table at one of the restaurants below to celebrate man’s best friend in the tastiest way possible.

Bubbledogs  Chinese New Year hot dog

Bubbledogs, Fitzrovia

What: For one night only, hot dog and Champagne bar Bubbledogs is being transformed into Chappett’s Café. The pop up will be the first time that Bubbledogs owners Sandia Chang and James Knappett will have cooked together and the pair will be serving up a menu of their favourite Chinese home cooking, from satay roasted cauliflower to Taiwanese-spiced fried rabbit. And as it’s the Year of the Dog, four-legged friends will not only be welcome but given an envelope of doggy treats.
When: 20 February
How much: Dishes from £7
Where: 70 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QG

China Tang Chinese New Year dumplings

China Tang, Mayfair

What: The glamorous restaurant in the basement of The Dorchester will be decorated with traditional Chinese lanterns for New Year, while there will be lion dances at the restaurant on 15 and 16 February. Special New Year dishes include oyster dumplings, yin yang lobster, wine-braised wagyu short ribs and fragrant roasted black cod.
When: 15-16 February
How much: New Year dishes from £15
Where: 53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA

Dragon Inn Club  Chinese New Year interior

Dragon Inn Club, Pimlico

What: This terrific Szechuan newcomer on the Victoria/Pimlico borders is preparing to party on Friday 15 February, with a drinks and dim sum canapé reception followed by a Chinese New Year feast – basically the à la carte with additional celebratory dishes. Performances from lion dancers promise ‘to bring luck, prosperity and good fortune to all’.
When: 15 February
How much: New year dishes from £8
Where: 6-18 Upper Tachbrook Street, SW1V 1SH

Duck Duck Goose Chinese New Year dumplings

Duck Duck Goose, Brixton

What: Pop Brixton’s resident ‘modern Cantonese canteen’ is serving up a special Chinese New Year menu, with classics such as the restaurant’s take on prawn toast appearing alongside the likes of oysters with Szechuan and ginger vinegar, duck and foie gras spring rolls, whole steamed bream with ginger and spring onion, and peanut butter French toast with caramel and soy ice cream.
When: 16 February
How much: Chinese New Year menu, £35
Where: 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ

Duddells Chinese New Year dimsum

Duddell’s, London Bridge

What: This swanky new Hong Kong import is offering a Lunar New Year menu until March. Dishes from former Hakkasan chef Daren Liew include the royal dim sum symphony, black cod with crispy radish and supreme soy, abalone with smoked chestnut, and corn-fed chicken toban. Alternatively, order Peking duck or lobster noodles from the à la carte.
When: 16 February-4 March
How much: Lunar new menu, £88
Where: 6 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY

Hakkasan Chinese New Year dumplings

Hakkasan Hanway Place and Mayfair

What: Chefs from the 13 Hakkasans around the world have created a ‘limited edition signature menu’ available using ingredients believed to bring good luck and prosperity for the coming year, while drinks include a Happy Daisy cocktail complete with a fortune cookie garnish. Lion dancers will perform at Hanway Place on 18 February and at Mayfair on the 25 February, while guests can write their New Year wishes on red ribbons and hang them from the restaurant’s latticework.
When: Until 4 March
How much: Signature menu, £88
Where: 8 Hanway Place, W1T 1HD and 7 Bruton Street, W1J 6QB

Hutong Chinese New Year small plates

Hutong, London Bridge

What: The Chinese segment of the Aqua complex on the 33rd floor of the Shard is re-hanging its lanterns to mark the start of the New Year, while there’ll also be lion dances, Chinese calligraphers and red envelopes containing a present. New year dishes include king prawn dumplings with hot and sour soup, steamed sea bass with spicy garlic sauce, five-spiced crispy duck, and ma la pork ribs with bori and peppercorn. Until 28 February, £1 from every bill will go to the Guide Dogs charity.
When: Until 16 February
How much: New Year menu, £88
Where: The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY

Kai Chinese New Year salad

Kai, Mayfair 

What: Michelin-starred Kai is offering what must be London’s most luxurious Chinese new year dish: Kagoshima Wagyu beef with foie gras wrapped in gold, sesame and ginger paste, Wagyu-infused rice, and a foie gras and shallot sauce. If you can’t quite stretch to the £168 price tag, spring chicken scattered with red and green chillies costs £25 and picks up on Kai’s New Year theme of red and gold, which represent prosperity and good fortune.
When: Until 4 March
How much: New Year dishes from £15.
Where: 65 South Audley Street, W1K 2QU

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Mei Ume, City 

What: The Chinese-meets-Japanese restaurant in the Four Seasons is offering a special six-course menu featuring classic new year dishes such as suckling pig with jellyfish salad, golden crispy five spice pigeon, steamed Dover sole in ginger and soy sauce, and braised dried scallop with broccoli in abalone sauce. On Chinese New Year itself (Friday 16 February), there’ll be a lion dance in the restaurant at 8pm.
When: Until the end of February
How much: New Year menu, £88
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ

Min Jiang

Min Jiang, Kensington

What: The Royal Garden hotel’s 10th-floor restaurant is famous for its views over Kensington Gardens and for serving some of the best dim sum and roast duck in London. But for Chinese new year, a Good Fortune Feast will include the 23-ingredient yu sheng salad (traditionally tossed in the air with chopsticks), roasted chicken with superior shallot soy sauce, braised pork belly with abalone in claypot, and deep-fried scallop with stir-fried squid.
When: 15-16 February
How much: Good Fortune Feast, £98, must be ordered in advance with a £30 deposit per person
Where: Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT

Park Chinois Chinese New Year dragon

Park Chinois, Mayfair

What: Plush Park Chinois is famous for offering a side order of entertainment alongside your supper and is pulling out all the stops for Chinese New Year with traditional face-change dances, Chinese drums, lion dances, cabaret performances and swing ballads. The new year menu, meanwhile, includes poulet de Bresse with Inaniwa udon in a foie gras sauce, and carabineros prawn with fresh sea urchin. Wash it down with vintages made in the Year of the Dog: Château Léoville Las Cases 1994, say.
When: 15-19 February
How much: New Year menu, £150
Where: 17 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EA

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Serge et le Phoque, Fitzrovia  

What: Fitzrovia newcomer Serge et le Phoque is staying true to its Hong Kong origins by hanging its courtyard with lanterns and offering a five-course tasting menu, with a wine matching for each course. Dishes include salt and pepper Mylor prawn, scallops with turnip, shitake, century egg and chilli, and turbot with ginger, shallots and oyster mushrooms.  
When: 16-17 February
How much: Five-course tasting menu, £75
Where:  The Mandrake Hotel, 20-21 Newman Street, W1T 1PG

Xu Chinese New Year dumplings

Xu, Soho

What: Bao’s upmarket sibling has launched a brand-new lunch menu to mark the start of Chinese New Year. Traditional Taiwanese dumplings (rabbit and pork, sweet potato taro) can be sampled on a dumpling tasting menu, or there is suckling pig for two to share.
When: Ongoing
How much: Dumpling tasting menu, £29
Where: 53 Lexington Street, W1F 9AS

Yauatcha Chinese New Year lanterns

Yauatcha City and Soho

What: Two London artists, Lydia Shirreff and Jamie Julien Brown, have created Chinese lantern art installations for London’s two Yauatchas. Lydia’s work comprises 48 cut paper lanterns made from brushed gold and red card hung in the windows of Yauatcha City; meanwhile, Julien’s mini totem lights from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York have been transformed into hanging lanterns for Yauatcha Soho. There is also a special new year menu featuring ingredients believed to bring good fortune.
When: Until the end of February
How much: New Year dim sum from £9
Where: Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS and 15-17 Broadwick Street, W1F 0DL

Looking for more Chinese eating-out inspiration? Take a look at our lists of the best Chinese restaurants in London and the best dim sum restaurants in London.