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Celebrate Thai New Year at some of London's Best Thai Restaurants

By Paul Caffell (02 Apr 08)
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Enjoy eating out at Quality Thai Restaurants for the Thai New Year

Those who have visited Thailand will know of the famous Songkran water festival celebrated annually in the middle of April. Traditionally, Songkran was a sedate affair where the transgressions of the previuos year were symbolically washed away with water. Now, however, the normally reserved Thais leave reticence behind and celebrate with abandon. Afterwards, at sunset they return home to enjoy an expansive meal.

Thai New Year (Songkran) is celebrated from the 13th April. "Sa Wad Dee Pee Mai!" ('happy new year' in Thai)

With websites galore offering online booking it’s now easier than ever to find a Thai restaurant in London for any dining occasion. But with the plethora of Thai restaurants London has, how do you know which are the best ones? Below is a simply guide to what Fluid Eating - Fluid's new sister site - recommend are the ones to experience. Enjoy.

Blue Elephant. Walking in to a Blue Elephant restaurant dazzles the senses. It is a world of lush plants and trickling fountains. The scent of tropical flowers mingles with the heady aroma of exotic herbs and spices flown in fresh from the Far East. Book a Table

Imperial City. There is an impressive and authentic menu at Imperial City. Clever flavouring and only the freshest ingredients are used to create dishes which are distinctive and satisfying. A specially selected wine and drink list to complement the unique food flavours is available in both the bar and restaurant. Book a Table

Mango Tree. This excellent Thai restaurant is located in Belgravia, London and serves the best in traditional Thai food. Opened in 2001, the Mango Tree are the proud recipients of awards to commend both their food creations and polished service. Book a Table

Nahm. This Michelin star Thai restaurant is situated within The Halkin Hotel, in Belgravia. Opened in 2001, Nahm immediately established itself as one of London's most intriguing and innovative restaurants by totally redefining established perceptions of Thai food. Book a Table

Sri Nam. A vibrant landmark in the hub of Canary Wharf with an informal café-bar on the ground floor and an opulent Thai dining room on the upper floor. Voted by readers of The Wharf Magazine as “Best Restaurant in the Wharf", it has achieved a reputation for the best Thai cuisine in the area and beyond. Book a Table

Hokkein Chan. Healthy and tasty food prepared simply with fresh, authentic ingredients is key to every dish on the menu at Hokkien Chan, so that each flavour can be discovered, savoured and enjoyed. Book a Table

Sri Thai City. Superior quality food of exceptional authenticity served in a restaurant that is alive with atmosphere equally suited for business lunches as well as for a social or romantic dinner. Slick, modern and airy interior enhanced by a brilliant wall of mirrors and stout pillars. Book a Table

Thai on The River. Enjoy exquisite cuisine in modern surroundings with a hint of original oriental artefacts for an authentic Thai experience. The outside terraces are a big crowd attraction and advance booking is a must to avoid disappointment. Perfect dining on a fine day with breathtaking views across the Thames by day or try the pleasant candle lit atmosphere by night. Book a Table

Thai Square Hanover. Founded in 1996, this is the first Thai Square restaurant that opened in London. They serve tasty, authentic Thai food in Thai-inspired surroundings. Book a Table

Thai Square Angel. Thai Square uses authentic Thai ingredients freshly flown in daily from Thailand, in a range of exquisite dishes served by their charming and attentive Thai staff. Book a Table

Thai Square Minories - City. The appeal of Thai cuisine lies in fresh flavours and in featuring some dishes that have a kick of chilli. Book a Table

Thai Square Putney Bridge. With panoramic views over the River Thames, Thai Square Putney Bridge is situated in the award winning building of Putney Bridge with an interior designed to create a contemporary Thai theme. Book a Table

Thai Square Trafalgar Square. Thai Square interiors fuse the best of modern European design with elements taken from modern Thai décor and traditional Thai artefacts. Carefully sourced 17th and 18th century Thai Buddhas sit alongside specially made terracotta freezes and stone carving commissioned from craftsmen in Thailand. Book a Table

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