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Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour

Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour

Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour

Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour

Address 15-16 Gerrard Street (jade green door); London W1D 6JE
between Macclesfield and Wardour Street
Neighbourhood Soho – Chinatown | See on map
Tube Leicester Sq [Northern, Piccadilly], Piccadilly Circus [Bakerloo, Piccadilly]
Telephone +44 20 7734 7276
Website http://www.opiumchinatown.com/
https://www.facebook.com/OpiumChinaTown
Price Free entry. Cocktails GBP 12-15.
Hours Mon-Tues 17-24. Wed 17-01. Thu 17-02. Fri-Sat 17-03. Sun 14-0:30.

Tacky and touristy on the surface, you really need to know where to go in Chinatown. And like the Experimental Cocktail Club a few paces down the street, the entrance to this place is unmarked, so look for the jade green door next to Dumplings’ Legend. If the amber light is turned on, take that as your go-ahead sign. Once inside, it’s still Chinatown alright, but hardly tacky.

Set in a former gambling den, the Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour mixes classic Oriental elements and modern touches to perfection. With the help of the award-winning Office Sian and Kai Design studios they have managed to convert the grotty townhouse into a stylish and very agreeable little boozer.

There are nine rooms, each distinct, spread over the three floors. Seek out one of the lounges if you’re on a date or just need a little privacy (it’s not really a party place), otherwise take a seat near The Chinese Apothecary second floor bar for direct access to some of mixologist Dre Masso’s creations, or head up to the Academy in the attic for a go with the shaker yourself. For those less adventurous, there’s also a long list of wine, bubbly and teas.

Drinks are expensive, even for London, but the dim sum are actually well worth a try. Surprisingly good (the woo kok, pork and scallop taro puffs, are particularly nice), they are also paired with cocktails – helpful, as they aren’t quite of the Bacardi-Coke sort – though you may need to order some of the larger sharing plates to make a proper meal of it. Or at least a few more of Mr Masso’s concoctions.