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Canyon

Riverside, Surrey TW10 (0181-948 2944)

This superbly located restaurant is right on the Thames (boat trips can be organised from Chelsea and Westminster to the landing stage immediately in front of the restaurant). It has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water, and a large terrace and sunken courtyard with a desert rock garden.

Both and Montana are putting on a special Thanksgiving menu at pounds 24.95 for dinner and pounds 15.95 for lunch.

Their traditional Thanksgiving menu with a twist includes guava, and glazed turkey with blue-corn and chorizo stuffing. Vegetarians are also catered for.

Christopher's

18 Wellington Street, London WC2 (0171-240 4222)

On Thursday they will be serving a traditional classical Thanksgiving lunch of turkey with all the trimmings. They're already pretty much booked up but do have some tables early or later on in the evening. And Thanksgiving dishes are also available on the menu all week. About pounds 40 per head.

Christopher's (left) is also one of many restaurants taking part in "Feast for Peace" next Sunday (29 Nov). See Serena Mackesy, opposite

Cactus Blue

86 Fulham Road, London SW3 (0171-823 7858)

More of a "south-western" theme restaurant, they offer dishes such as char-grilled salmon steak and drunken maize-fed chicken. For Thanksgiving they'll be having a set-dinner menu at pounds 21.95, with starters such as pan-seared barbecued tiger prawns, and spinach and redcurrant and citrus-glazed turkey, with wild rice and dried cherries and apricot stuffing.

PJ'S Bar and Grill

52 Fulham Road, London SW3 (0171-581 0025) and 30 Wellington Street, London WC2 (0171-240 7529)

Also from the Maxwells Group, these more old-fashioned American-themed restaurants always have a good turn-out at Thanksgiving - especially in Fulham, where there's a big American community.

Navajo Joe

34 King Street, London WC2 (0171-240 4008)

More themed than Cactus Blue, this boasts the largest Tequila bar outside Mexico.

Maxwell's

36-37 Queen Street, Oxford (01865 242192)

Branches in Covent Garden and Hampstead. Popular with students, they'll be offering a set menu for Thanksgiving.

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