Vibrant eastern culture comes to east London with a splash this summer. The London Dragon Boat Festival is believed to have originated 2,500 years ago on the banks of the Yangtze. It arrived on London waterways around a decade ago, originally to raise funds for Chinese schools in the M25 area. The annual waterside event in the Docklands is hosted by The London Chinatown Lions Club as a celebration of Chinese culture.
Cheer on the dragon boats as race past, and there is a whole programme of events aside from the boat, and Asian street food from China, Japan, Korea and India. It’s a family-friendly event, and other activities and entertainment includes dance performances, martial arts displays, face painting and balloon modelling, and live music.