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Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour

#1,445 of 17,936 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Neighbourhood:
Soho
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15-16 Gerrard Street | Chinatown, London W1D 6JE, England
+44 20 7734 7276
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Today
17:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Tue 17:00 - 00:00
Wed 17:00 - 01:00
Thu 17:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 03:00
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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Undoubtedly the best dim sum I've had. Cool vibe and good music. I always look forward to Opium. The spicy duck dumplings are fantastic.

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Thank Warren T
London, United Kingdom
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241 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whatever I say about this place will be slightly clouded by the bill I received at the end of a fun evening .. m price conscious like that !! But in all honesty, it's nice cosy little place for 3 floors of seating, great music - especially for those still in love with 70s, 80s and 90s Lovely cocktails -... More 

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Thank HaritaVinnakota
Winnipeg, Canada
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here as single traveler, I was looking for something a little different than the standard Asian restaurant in London's China town, the bad experience started when the door man asked if I wanted to eat there or next door at a larger cookie cutter restaurant. Once I was sat at the bar I order one extremely overpriced drink,... More 

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Thank stevemitchell2017
London, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband booked this for Saturday, the reviews looked good and it was something different from the normal bars we would go to. On arrival your greeted by a doorman who explains the bar is 2 floors up and then he radios up to tell them your coming. Very dark very dingy really not nice, strange decor. We were shown... More 

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

That is definitely not a regular bar, it has its own charm and people who visit it. The cocktails were good. Worth seeing :)

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Thank PetyaAngelova
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pricey cocktails, couldn't drink too much as two flights of stairs in the dark not safe! Bit like sitting in a 60's living room. Sorry, can't see what other reviewers are enjoying about this bar.

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Thank Princessdiner
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Friday night, we were a pre-theatre cocktail with dim sum platter pair- lovely cocktail, good dim sum but the business side was really evident and I felt 'moved on'. When paying these prices please let my partner finish what he is saying before you swoop in with bill and card reader. We were at the bar so not hogging a... More 

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Thank HFW2013
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here on Saturday. Can't praise enough. The dim sum is out of this world, cocktails great and staff happy to mix one to your taste which I loved. Staff very friendly and helpful. Music was good and a great atmosphere. Only criticism would be ladies toilet but messy. Still overall 5.

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Thank clare m
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120 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not another Chinese restaurant, but a nice chill out bar. Wonderful cocktails to enjoy with some dim sum. As in most of London downtown you should book in advance

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Thank Jimena G
London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best concept bars I've ever been to. Hidden in Chinatown, the concept of dim sum with wonderful cocktails served in teapots is great. Everything delicious. Great staff. I'll be back soon!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$37
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 00:00
Monday
17:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 01:00
Thursday
17:00 - 02:00
Friday
17:00 - 03:00
Saturday
17:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15-16 Gerrard Street | Chinatown, London W1D 6JE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighbourhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7734 7276
Description
Opium is set in a townhouse behind a secret jade door. Sprawling over three floors with views that take in Chinatown below, Opium is heavily Chinese influenced and themed, in the ingredients and flavours found throughout the cocktail list, the dim sum menu and tea offering. The décor is a mixture of both rough and luxe, and antique and modern, spanning time and style from all over China. The attic area has an open-kitchen style bar where guests get involved in the theatre of drinks-making.

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Staying in Soho

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Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighbourhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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