Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, was celebrated in central London in early February with a parade of floats, dancing troupes, firecrackers, acrobats and street food stalls

Reputed to be the biggest such celebration of the lunar year outside Asia, the event, organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association, attracted a huge crowd which lined a parade route ending in Trafalgar Square.

The year of the dragon – the only one which features a mythical creature rather than an animal – is considered one of the most powerful and auspicious years in the Chinese zodiac, symbolising strength, fortune and success. The themes for the 2024 celebrations are Roaring into Sustainable Prosperity and Empowering Youth.