Restaurant Profile: Royal China Group (London)

Private Dining at Royal China Queensway
Private Dining at Royal China Queensway

The Royal China Group consists of six of London’s most authentic and prestigious Chinese restaurants, including the luxurious and critically-acclaimed Royal China Club. Based in prime areas of London, the restaurants are centrally located on Baker Street, as well as in Bayswater, Fulham, Harrow-on-the-Hill and Canary Wharf.

The restaurants all have elegant décor, contrasting rich golden hues with striking red and black features. Lacquered murals depicting an ornate Chinese illustration create a focal point within each of the five restaurants.

The group is renowned for its Dim Sum, which is served daily from Noon until 5pm and includes Steamed Seafood Dumplings with Spicy Sauce; and Pan-fried Fillet of Duck Breast Rolls.  Each restaurant has a dedicated Dim Sum Chef, as well as a Head Chef.

Prawn and chive dumplings
Prawn and chive dumplings

Chinese Tea Chest at Royal China Club

Royal China Club, Baker Street

The Royal China Club is the premium restaurant within the group, offering a first-rate experience.   While it is the smaller of the two restaurants on Baker Street, its intimate setting gives it an exclusive and elegant ambience. Designed by Stiff + Trevillion, a large aquarium containing lobsters, crabs, fish and seafood creates a focal point, while a sleek black granite  bar runs along the length of the room. 

The Royal China Club offers a modern interpretation of classic Chinese cuisine, and elegantly presented Dim Sum.  The restaurant has an extensive wine list of over 100 bins, plus a fine wine section. A vast tea menu features a range of 40 different teas, which are stored in a traditional Chinese tea chest situated behind the bar.

The dining area seats 86 guests, while an elegant private banqueting room to the rear of the restaurant accommodates up to 22 guests.

Steamed Prawn Dim Sum at Royal China
Steamed Prawn Dim Sum at Royal China

Royal China, Baker Street

The second restaurant located on Baker Street is the largest restaurant within the Royal China Group, seating 150 guests. This restaurant offers a traditional Hong Kong Chinese menu, with delicious favourites such as Aromatic Crispy Duck served with pancakes, spring onion and cucumber.  

With its open-plan dining room and signature Chinese décor, the Royal China on Baker Street restaurant offers a relaxed and vibrant space, perfect for larger families and groups of friends dining together.

Royal China, Canary Wharf

Following an extensive refurbishment in spring 2011, the restaurant is contemporary in design.  The restaurant accommodates 130 people, while the large alfresco terrace overlooking the Thames seats 80 guests. Royal China Canary Wharf is a minute’s walk from the Thames Clipper’s Canary Wharf Pier. 

On week days the restaurant is popular with business people, while weekends attract locals and families. The restaurant serves a traditional Hong Kong Chinese menu, perfect for guests wishing to indulge in authentic Chinese cuisine.

Dim Sum at Royal China

Royal China, Queensway

This popular dim sum restaurant has been open for business for 20 years and in January 2012 underwent a total refurbishment. It was the first Royal China establishment to be opened in London.  

The new-look 130-seat restaurant features a stunning gold leaf ceiling, and a new ornate hand-painted Chinese mural with a modern twist on the classic Royal China wave motif. The entrance has been transformed, with the reception being moved to the front of restaurant, and the bar being re-positioned to the middle of the venue.

Royal China, Fulham

Situated on Fulham Road, it is the smallest restaurant in the group. This intimate restaurant is family friendly, with a charming outdoor patio, perfect for al fresco dining.

The signature Chinese mural covers one wall of the restaurant, while textured gold walls run along the other. The large window frontage and windows to the rear of the restaurant create a light and airy space. The restaurant seats 55 covers, while the patio seats 12 guests. This Royal China is the only restaurant in the group to offer a home delivery service.

Royal China Harrow-on-the-Hill

Royal China Harrow-on-the-Hill, located at 148-150 Station Road, HA1 2RH, is the first venue in northwest London.  

Royal China-Harrow-on-the-Hill, which seats 70 people, has an elegant décor with contrasting rich golden hues, plus striking red and black features.

Honey Glazed Pork Puffs, Dim Sum at Royal China (2)

The annual London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

The annual London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival takes place on 29 June 2013. To mark the occasion the Royal China Group will be offering diners the chance to try Zongzi, a traditional dish served during the festival. 

The London Hong Kong Dragon Boat festival takes place each year at the London Regatta Centre in the city’s Docklands, with up to 40 teams battling it out for top honours. The festival also includes live music, dragon dancing and much more.  

Zongzi is made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. Wrapping a Zongzi neatly is a skill that is passed down through generations. The fillings used for Zongzi vary from region to region but include: red bean paste; mushrooms; chicken; and salted duck eggs. 

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