Chinese New Year 2020: Boris Johnson meets dragons in Downing Street amid celebrations

Ewan Somerville
Boris Johnson greeted the Chinese Lions outside Downing Street on Friday: AP

Downing Street staged a performance of giant dragons earlier today to mark Chinese New Year.

Boris Johnson watched on as the bright red and yellow costumes danced outside Number 10.

The prime minister also painted one of the Chinese Lions in front of photographers and onlookers.

He is hosting a reception for the British Chinese community to celebrate the advent of Lunar New Year, which lasts from Saturday until February 8.

The jubilant scenes were a contrast to the series of cancelled festivities in China as authorities battle to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Events are taking place across the UK, including a parade between Charing Cross and Chinatown on Sunday.