Feng Shang Princess

Chinese, Dim Sum·

SquareMeal Review of Feng Shang Princess

There’s something rather romantic about this Chinese restaurant aboard a pagoda-style boat floating on Regent’s Canal. It looks best at night when its twinkling lights reflect on the water. Once on board, keep your eyes on the pretty views through the wraparound windows, as the smart interiors look a little worn. The menu isn’t exactly cutting edge, swerving from Cantonese to Szechuan & Beijing cuisines, delivering a familiar roll-call of dishes. Seafood lettuce wraps, prawn toast & crispy aromatic duck with pancakes are typical starters, with noodles & rice to follow, plus beef with black-bean sauce, crispy chicken with mango & chilli paste, or sweet & sour prawns. It’s all perfectly good, although the Titanic prices aren’t necessarily warranted. Perhaps that’s why Feng Shang is often short of passengers.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Chinese, Dim Sum
Fine dining, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Romantic, Themed, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Late night dining
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Waterside
Special Features
Live music or dancing
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Located on the canal adjacent to Regent’s Park, and a stone’s throw from central London, Feng Shang Princess is a hand crafted three-tiered floating restaurant serving traditional Chinese food in a relaxed setting. Self-professed as ‘London’s best kept secret’, expect authentic dishes elevated with a modern twist. There are plenty of recognisable dishes on the menu, as well as some that may not be so familiar. The iconic décor of this deep red pagoda-style restaurant creates a unique ambience, transporting diners far from London to enjoy an evening of fine food, wine, cocktails and picturesque canal views.

The extensive a la carte menu features plenty of typical Chinese fare, while reasonably priced set menus are available if you can't decide. Start off with appetisers like prawn toast, crispy seaweed topped with grated scallop, and Malaysian satay chicken. Or, try some of the steamed and grilled dim sum with a variety of fillings like scallop, chicken and vegetables, before moving on to the ever-popular crispy duck pancakes served with cucumber, spring onion and a sweet sticky hoisin sauce. For the main event, there are plenty of chicken, beef and seafood dishes like crispy lemon chicken, crispy shredded chilli beef, and grilled salmon teriyaki.

Vegans and vegetarians will also be pleased to hear there is a dedicated vegan set menu, as well as plenty of vegetable dishes on the a la carte like spicy Mapo tofu, braised aubergine and tofu in clay pot and Chinese pak choi. Enjoy all this with sides such as egg fried rice, Singaporean noodles or seafood vermicelli.

To accompany your meal there is a global wine and Champagne list offering a good selection of affordable bottles, as well as some more revered labels, with a selection of wines available by the glass.


Does it offer vegan options?

Yes, there is an extensive 'vegetable' menu with lots of vegan options.

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Cumberland Basin, Prince Albert Road, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 7SS

020 7485 8137 020 7485 8137


Opening Times

Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm 6-11pm (Fri -12M) Sat-Sun 12N-12M (Sun -11pm)


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6 Reviews 

Rosemarie R

12 March 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4

Atmosphere, food and staff were lovely. Went for Mother's Day. Really enjoyed our evening. 

Ameena M

04 August 2014  
Food & Drink 1
Service 2
Atmosphere 4
Value 1
the great thing about malaysian chinese food is the complexity of flavors. you won't find that here. the seafood laksa was bland and insipid. the salt-and-pepper squid tasted mainly of salt. the vegetable spring rolls are heavy on the breading, light on the vegetables. and the sweet and spicy prawns are gloppy and thick with constarch. ugh. what a waste of a gorgeous and romantic location. i was so excited to eat there.

gowsia H

20 March 2012  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3.5
Excellent food, perfect if you do not want buzzy atmosphere.

Pa C

29 July 2010  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 2
Value 2.5
Its a bit strange this place, especially on a wet March evening when there are only 8 other diners. The food is a bit mixed up as its Chinese yet tries to include Japanese in the style of Nobu, which I must say it does rather well until you remember you are not in Park Lane or Mayfair but on a boat on a cold wet night in an almost empty floating dining room near Chalk Farm. The website promises that the proprietor creates a special ambience for her customers and is always on hand which was not true of my table but was of the table next to ours where two very large middle aged Eastern European prostitues sat with one rather skinny English IT programmer. I wouldn't go back but we had a great time mostly due to the table we were listening in on. When we overheard “you had better eat up…you'll need all your strength later” we couldn't hold our laughter in and left feeling much better than before we went in. The food is good, its a bit overpriced and if you want black cod you are better off elsewhere but still for a one off its worth a visit (for people watching mainly).

Peter H

24 July 2010  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
Terrific restaurant. Terrific food. just love this place Great location and atmosphere. Upmarket Chinese and therefore a bit more expensive than normal Chinese but well worth paying a little more. Great place for a special night out but we have used it as a “local” for many years and have never been disappointed. It is not surprising to see off-duty celebs here. Cannot recommend this place highly enough.

Esther G

24 November 2009  
Food & Drink 5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4
Just fantastic, I went with my husband and it's now my new favourite restaurant. The atmosphere is very relaxing and very romantic, the food is affordable, not the cheapest but you wouldn't expect that for the quality of food you're getting, the menu offers a range of different foods, it's not a lot but again, you wouldn't expect a take-away style menu for a high class restaurant and they have quite a nice selection for vegetarians. They have just refurbished the downstairs and I must say it looks very nice and modern, the two floors are now very different but I think the lower part is used more for functions and events. I must recommend having the Black Cod and the Beef with the red wine sauce, according to my husband it is to die for and the mock chicken is superb for all you vegetarians out there. A big two thumbs up.
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