Festivities celebrating the Chinese New Year have just drawn to a close, and London's party is the largest Chinese celebration outside of China.
Marking the Year of the Dragon, the largest festival took place on January 29 with a parade, shows and then capped off with a fireworks display.
After attending the Charles I commemoration that same day, I made my way over to Chinatown, in the SoHo area, which occupies several streets in and around Gerrard Street.
The crowds were the biggest I've seen since the Royal Wedding, as thousands packed the streets looking for some fun.
Since Chinatown boasts over 100 restaurants in a spread of a couple of streets, there are plenty of options for delicious cuisine.
Lines into restaurants were quite long, so street food
was a popular choice of the day, even though the temperatures were quite nippy.
Plenty of shopping options also,
with so many colors
to draw you in.
I came back the following week for a luncheon with friends from the American Women's Club to one of of our favorite places, Mr. Kong's,
which has been serving tasty food for over 25 years in this spot.
Crispy duck was a crowd favorite
along with a huge selection of seafood, chicken and beef.
2012--the Year of the Dragon. The dragon symbolizes power, strength and good luck, so I'm wishing some of that rubs off on you.
Happy Chinese New Year!