Chinese Restaurants on the River Thames

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Chinese Restaurants on the River Thames
The Thames is host to a variety of restaurants, including Chinese. (THE THAMES AT MARLOW image by Tony Roake from

The Thames River is one of the natural landmarks of London; it stretches past the city limits to other parts of England. Authors have featured or mentioned the Thames in classic books such as "Three Men in a Boat," "Alice in Wonderland," and "The Wind in the Willows," not to mention countless works of Dickens. Nowadays restaurants of various cuisines have opened along the Thames, including Chinese restaurants.

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Ping Pong

Ping Pong is located on the banks of the Thames near the Tower of London. It considers itself a modern restaurant specialising in an ancient tradition, dim sum. According to the restaurant's official website, "Hundreds of years ago, merchants on the Silk Road would stop at tea houses en route to rest their weary feet, relax and drink tea with their fellow travellers and share dim sum---baskets and dishes of little sweet and savoury snacks, usually steamed, baked or fried." Nowadays, the restaurant serves homemade dishes along with tea or cocktails. The restaurant features food such as prawn dumplings, vegetable puffs, chilli squid, pak choi (a type of Chinese cabbage that is also known as bok choy), spinach and prawn wraps and basil and rice noodle dumplings, among others. The restaurant has outside tables overlooking the waters of the Thames.

Ping Pong

Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road

London SE1 8XX, United Kingdom


Feng Shang Princess

The Feng Shang Princess is a floating restaurant located on the Thames in London's Regents Park. The restaurant boasts a mostly Cantonese menu with dishes such as squid with salt and peppercorns, aromatic duck rolls, Peranakan Sambal prawns, black cod in honey sauce and beef with French beans. The restaurant is shaped like a big, red Chinese-style house and is decorated with black and gold on the inside. Aside from floating upon the surface of London's only river, the restaurant is serenely surrounded by the trees and other greenery of the park.

Feng Shang Princess

Floating Chinese Restaurant

Cumberland Basin, Prince Albert Road

Regents Park

London NW1 7SS, United Kingdom


Blue Thames

The Blue Thames is a two-story Chinese restaurant that can seat up to 150 people on the banks of the Thames. The restaurant has river views and a marble bar that is modelled after the Peking Gate of the Great Wall of China. A narrow fish-filled stream snakes through the first floor. The restaurant mostly specialises in Szechuan cuisine and features Szechuan-style prawns, pork, chicken and beef dishes. It also offers teriyaki chicken and salmon dishes, shrimp lo mein and a range of dumplings.

Blue Thames

Dolphin House, Smugglers Way

London SW18 1DE, United Kingdom


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