Opium

entertainment-nightlife / Other

Opium information

London , United Kingdom
Address
Street 15-16 Gerrard St
Extras W1
Telephone
+44 20 7734 7276
More information
www.opiumchinatown.com
Opening hours
5pm-midnight Mon-Wed, to 2am Thu-Sat, noon-midnight Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Towering above Chinatown's main drag, what touts itself as a 'cocktail and dim sum parlour' could easily pass as an opium den-cum-brothel with Suzie Wong as host. Everything is in various shades of scarlet, there's a bartender's table with unmarked bottles (surprise, surprise) and the dim sum (£7 to £11) is made with ingredients available at the moment. Call ahead.

Look for the jade-coloured door just west of Macclesfield St. And if you can't choose your poison, let us help: it's the signature Opium Cocktail No 1, with rum, absinthe, kaffir lime syrup and mandarin and ginger juice poured over dry ice. You'll be smoking.