Decked out in regal Chinese reds, this London-based Chinese restaurant looks fit for an emperor, though in reality it serves hearty, enjoyable fare better suited to the proletariat. The menu boasts pricy seafood options and abalone, as well as more straightforward ‘foreigner favourites’, including sweet and sour chicken, roast duck and kung pao chicken. Dodge the pricier variations of duck and instead order the quarter of aromatic duck, which is prepared with aplomb at your table, resulting in no-fuss, tasty pancakes. You’ll like Royal China, but you won’t necessarily love it – those looking for a more memorable experience should probably head to Hakkasan.