The Courtesan

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Head to The Courtesan to delight in the fineries of Imperial China and indulge in their new speakeasy, now open late on the weekends, with live music and performance on Friday and Saturday nights till 3am.

The venue is a Dim Sum restaurant and late-night cocktail bar hidden among the crux of Brixton's bustling scene, located within a few minutes walk of the underground station and over-flowing with charisma. Pop inside to encounter an intimate venue characterised by a dark, vintage decor reminiscent of a Chinese opium den.

The Courtesan pride themselves on their exquisite hand-made Dim Sum, speciality teas and unique house cocktails. The venue also features a private room with bar downstairs that is more than a match for a party, dinner, or important business meeting of any nature.

A welcoming South London haunt that exudes a real neighbourhood feel, The Courtesan is a verstatile venue offering high quality across the board.

What's on

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Cabaret at Courtesan with Eliza DeLite

Cabaret at Courtesan with Eliza DeLite

Friday 30 June 2017

Brixton's newest Speakeasy launches its Friday night cabaret starring award-winning, international showgirl Eliza...

Sunday Opera Series at Courtesan

Sunday Opera Series at Courtesan

Sunday 2 July 2017

On the 1st Sunday of the month, Brixton's newest speakeasy hosts live opera from some of the UK scene's brightest new...

Cabaret at Courtesan with Luna Rosa

Cabaret at Courtesan with Luna Rosa

Friday 7 July 2017

Brixton's newest Speakeasy launches its Friday night cabaret starring the 'Body of Burlesque', the Exotica Luna...

Cabaret at Courtesan with Luna Rosa

Cabaret at Courtesan with Luna Rosa

Friday 21 July 2017

Brixton's newest Speakeasy launches its Friday night cabaret starring the 'Body of Burlesque', the Exotica Luna...

Leyley's Live Jam at Courtesan

Leyley's Live Jam at Courtesan

Sunday 30 July 2017

Island songstress Leyley will be hosting a live jam at Courtesan - Brixton's newest Speakeasy - for an evening of...



Day Open Close Notes
12:00 23:00
18:00 23:00
12:00 23:00
12:00 23:00
12:00 03:00
12:00 03:00
12:00 23:00


The Courtesan
69 - 73 Atlantic Road, London, SW9 8PU

South London

Nearest station:
Brixton (Tube)
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Drink Prices Price
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £4.40
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.40
Cocktail £8.90
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £6.20
Bottle of House Wine £19.00
Bottle of Champagne £32.90


Food Menu Download
Menu Download

This venue serves Asian/Oriental, International and Vegetarian Friendly food.

A word from the chef:
A delicious, traditional style of Chinese cuisine; Dim Sum is served in steamer baskets or small plates, perfect for a tapas style feast or a few dishes to accompany their sublime cocktails.

Our Review

The Courtesan Brixton - Restaurant Bar Review

The Courtesan Brixton - Restaurant Bar Review

While its footfall may lack a little luster and the shutters outside don't necessarily exude tales of opium and the exquisite, The Courtesan is something of a shining light in Brixton dining, with dim sum that could be considered the most enviable...

Read our full The Courtesan Brixton - Restaurant Bar Review review

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Boudoir Private Room 15 20 £180 £320
Venue Venue Hire 45 60 £250 Deposit £650 £1300
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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I stumbled on this place by chance last weekend and had the most magical night! We almost walked past it, but followed the music and found a little speakeasy den inside! We ended up staying till the wee hours chatting to the lovely owner. Amazing cocktails and vibe - great music too!
03 May 2017 by

Nice decor but not as good a food as China town which is cheaper too. It was also empty so no atmosphere. Pleasant staff though and the food was ok if a little salty/sweet. aaronlentner visited The Courtesan on 11 Apr 2017
13 Apr 2017 by

Best dim sum I have ever had. Stunning decor. Jacqueline visited The Courtesan on 02 Mar 2017
03 Mar 2017 by

brilliant place for dinner! service is excellent! will be back!
26 Jan 2017 by

Great service, delicious food and spot on cocktails! Loved it- would definitely recommend it and will be back! visited The Courtesan on 21 Jan 2017
23 Jan 2017 by

Food was good but the service was bad!! The waiter failed to crack a smile. We had to ask for service a number of times, and when he did serve us he was rude! When we asked to take the service charge off it did not go down well. Lisbeth visited The Courtesan on 27 Oct 2016
28 Oct 2016 by

Expensive for what it is, food is average, interior is cool but the restaurant was not busy so it lacked atmosphere, the staff were not attentive and were very cold. The cocktails only have one shot of alcohol in them and are £10! The whisky sour sour was so sour it was undrinkable. Will not be returning. There are much better places in Brixton than this, this is one of the worst restaurants i've been to in Brixton.
18 Apr 2016 by

Absolutely amazing food and interiors, don't let the shabbyness of the outside fool you. The cocktails were affordable (about £8 roughly) and the dim sum has to be some of the best in London. Definitely recommend the Belly Laughs and Flying Cow dishes for newbies, you'll be blown away!
20 Oct 2015 by

love love love love love, the interiors are so pretty, but i agree with the below, can be hard to find. the drinks are incredible and well worth trying to find x
06 Jan 2015 by

Looks crap from the outside but glad I went in. Super cool and a great way to escape the over flowing restaurants in the market down the road. As it is SO hidden can lack atmosphere sometimes as not always busy but great dim sum and really good drinks
09 May 2014 by

Really cool and totally not what you'd expect from the outside. I only went for the cocktails but deff going back for the food it looked and smelt amaze!
23 Jul 2013 by

Amazing dim sum.. much better than many places i've tried in Chinatown.. the decor is really cool too and the tea cocktails are lethal!
17 Jun 2013 by

not what you expect from the outside - like an opium den inside and the food is yummy!
20 May 2013 by

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