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January 30, 2014updated Feb 03, 2014

London’s Yauatcha Restaurant Brings Chinese New Year to Life

By Chris Boyle

It’s not every day you see a large red origami-style Perspex horse leaping across a restaurant window, but chance a stroll past Yauatcha Restaurant in London this week, and your luck may change.

This spectacular one-off window display was designed by luxury fashion destination Harvey Nichols, to celebrate the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse.

The animal is brought to life by a flowing mane and tail that appears to dance across the window, and is made of 1,000 bright red folded envelopes, handmade by bespoke paper merchant GFSmith.

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While it may be the most prominent feature of the celebrations at the Michelin-starred Chinese dim sum teahouse, it is certainly not the only reason to visit over the Chinese New Year period.

Executive Pastry Chef Graham Hornigold has created bespoke macarons and petits gateaux in velvet red, and both desserts are adorned with the symbol of the horse.

Each guest at Yauatcha will also receive a mystery envelope containing lavish prizes – a modern take on the Chinese tradition of gifting friends and family with red envelopes containing money.

To complete the experience, a semi-retired Chinese dragon – currently residing in London – will be making an appearance on February 2.

Keep an eye on the fire extinguisher.

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