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Description

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 DJ's, live music and performance on Friday and Saturday nights till 2am.

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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Courtesan Lates with Rita & Mona

Courtesan Lates with Rita & Mona

Friday 27 April 2018

Rita and Mona are two French djs from Paris that have been hosting parties, and djing in London for almost 10 years (...

Burlesque at Courtesan ◊ Eliza DeLite ◊ April 28th

Burlesque at Courtesan ◊ Eliza DeLite ◊ April 28th

Saturday 28 April 2018

Weekly Burlesque at Courtesan featuring divine creatures from London's burlesque and cabaret scene. Best enjoyed with a...

Burlesque at Courtesan with Lolo Brow

Burlesque at Courtesan with Lolo Brow

Saturday 5 May 2018

Weekly Burlesque at Courtesan featuring divine creatures from London's burlesque and cabaret scene. Best enjoyed with a...

House of Meihua : Sunday Supper Club

House of Meihua : Sunday Supper Club

Sunday 6 May 2018

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS OF OUR FIRST EVENT, WE'RE BACK AGAIN WITH MORE SCINTILATING BURLESQUE & CABARET! LINE UP TO...

Burlesque at Courtesan with Miss Cherry on Fire

Burlesque at Courtesan with Miss Cherry on Fire

Saturday 12 May 2018

Weekly Burlesque at Courtesan featuring divine creatures from London's burlesque and cabaret scene. Best enjoyed with a...

Burlesque at Courtesan with Whisky Falls

Burlesque at Courtesan with Whisky Falls

Saturday 19 May 2018

Weekly Burlesque at Courtesan featuring divine creatures from London’s burlesque and cabaret scene. Best enjoyed with...

Burlesque at Courtesan with Eliza DeLite

Burlesque at Courtesan with Eliza DeLite

Saturday 26 May 2018

Weekly Burlesque at Courtesan featuring divine creatures from London's burlesque and cabaret scene. Best enjoyed with a...

Info

No Door Charge
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
Brixton
18 (Families Welcome)
None

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
12:00 23:00
18:00 23:00
12:00 23:00
12:00 23:00
12:00 02:00
12:00 02:00
12:00 23:00

Location

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

Area:
South London

Nearest station:
Brixton (Tube)
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Menus

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

Menus

Food Menu Download
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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 - London Restaurant Review

The Courtesan - London Restaurant Review

This year has been an eye opener for me in more ways that one. Hailing from North London, 2017 marked my my first ever trip to Brixton (which I now love) and I tried the wonder of dim sum for the first time. So when an opportunity arose to visit The...

Read our full The Courtesan - London Restaurant Review review

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Seated
Capacity
Standing
Cost Min spend
Midweek*
Min spend
Weekend*
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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It was our first time visiting thr Courtesan and the food, service and cocktails were great. Would definitely go back! Visited The Courtesan on 2018-04-21
by on April 23rd, 2018
4

Stunning food. I’m so happy this restaurant has opened in Brixton. But too keen to upsell everything on the menu but other than that, amazing Visited The Courtesan on 2018-04-08
by on April 9th, 2018
4

Great food, fabulous staff... as usual :) Visited The Courtesan on 2018-04-05
by on April 6th, 2018
5

It was clear that our order had been forgotten as we were waiting for our food for about an hour... the waitress had to ‘reconfirm’ our order when it was already clear it had been forgotten, without any acknowledgement or apology, we watched two tables that ordered after us, leave before us! Such a shame! Visited The Courtesan on 2018-04-04
by on April 6th, 2018
2

Very disappointed with our lunch, food was poor and mediocre, taste of food was bland and not up to our expectations, you can find better dim sums in an average restaurant in China Town, absolutely awful experience overall. Table was dirty and sticky, and showed food stains,set up looked tired and cleaning standards were very poor, proper deep cleaning is needed. The final bill was shocking, totally overpriced, definitely not worth the money. Avoid at all costs! Visited The Courtesan on 2018-03-31
by on April 5th, 2018
1

I definitely would not recommend The Courtesan. I did not have a good experience here. The service was good and the waiting staff were informative and polite but the food was awful! The worst dim sum I’ve had! It tasted overcooked and stale. Nothing could save it. The atmosphere in the restaurant was also lacking. Dimly-lit...but not in a way to add to the ambiance but rather as if they had something to hide. I had high hopes (maybe that was the problem) and they were unable to deliver. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-03-30
by on March 31st, 2018
1

Nice food, lovely dinning room. We did have 4/5 plates missing from our order, a little disappointing as we were the only people in the restaurant on a Sunday evening. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-03-25
by on March 26th, 2018
3

Great food and cocktails, friendly atmosphere. Shame about the wait for our remaining food items and the wrong things arriving after the delay! We were given a complimentary glass of prosecco to compensate though. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-03-24
by on March 25th, 2018
3

The lunch was lovely. The dim sum was excellent - we had a sampling of six dishes that complemented each other nicely. The chocolate cake and and sorbet went down a treat. It wasn't crowded so we got to take our time. Service was good and not intrusive. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-03-23
by on March 24th, 2018
5

The food was nice but unexceptional. Cocktails took approximately 30 minutes to arrive and a bottle of white wine was delivered with no cooler and not poured. Despite booking and having a confirmation email we weren’t given a table upstairs and so were sat downstairs in an unatmospheric basement. The show we had come specifically to watch took place only upstairs, no one mentioned this would be the case upon arrival. To add insult to injury we noticed on arrival and departure there were a number of free tables in the main area. The maitre de seemed totally unfussed by our feedback on the night, did nothing to remedy what was a disasterous evening (and a special occasion I had organised for my wife as I go away with work for 6 months) and blamed designmynight for the booking problems. Disappointing on a number of levels. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-03-17
by on March 18th, 2018
2

Atmosphere great. Food some fab some a tad disappointing - also had to order my menu number which made it all a bit confusing! Visited The Courtesan on 2018-03-17
by on March 18th, 2018
4

Great atmosphere and dim sum in this place Visited The Courtesan on 2018-03-13
by on March 14th, 2018
4

As always good food, good service and great cocktails. Quick turn around time without feeling rushed. I highly recommend a visit. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-03-08
by on March 9th, 2018
5

Really good food and amazing burlesque! Visited The Courtesan on 2018-03-03
by on March 4th, 2018
5

Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-27
by on February 28th, 2018
5

Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-27
by on February 28th, 2018
5

Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-25
by on February 27th, 2018
5

Very good friendly and helpful staff, but I was hungry when I left. I don't think I chose the right meal. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-25
by on February 26th, 2018
3

Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-22
by on February 24th, 2018
5

Horrible experience here. Booked weeks in advance but given a table which couldn't seat us all. Told we'd be moved but never did. Nasty employees who were rude and patronizing. Awful cocktails and average dim sum. Don't even get me started on the "burlesque show" which was literally one woman dancing for 5 minutes. We had to battle to get the service charged removed which we were told was a "favour" even though it's clearly optional. Lucky I can even leave 1 star because that is more than they deserve!
by on February 21st, 2018
1

Good food but overpriced. But what really let us down was the lack of cleanliness. Our table was a bit greasy but then we though it might have been because of the liquid soap they use to clean them, it might have been soapy residue. Then, towards the end of the meal we saw the girl (there were only 2 waiters) cleaning a long table by the window (which had occupied by two families), just with the napkins that had been left. No spraying, no sanitiser, nothing. And we could see there were still leftovers on the table when she was setting up the table again for the next customers. Totally unacceptable. We won't be returning. The three stars are only because of the food. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-18
by on February 19th, 2018
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Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-17
by on February 19th, 2018
4

Firstly, the food was superb. However, the waiting staff kept forgetting our drinks. On one occasion my friend had to get up from the table to remind (chase up) the waiting staff for our bottle of wine. Coupled with which, one member of staff seemed disinterested in customers -- didn't make eye contact and looked like she didn't want to be there. As I say though, the food was great, and not massively overpriced for London (...) I loved the interior and overall I had a positive experience. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-16
by on February 19th, 2018
4

My favourite place in Brixton! Customer service is the best here and the food is amazing Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-15
by on February 16th, 2018
5

Really good food and atmosphere. Will definitely go back. Only downside was a small metal ball (like shot you'd find in game) crunched on in a prawn dumpling. Told the waiter and gave them the piece of metal.. later asked if the kitchen had any idea how it happened and he replied "Oh I don't know, I didn't check". He obviously wasn't particularly bothered about it, but did take the price of that dish off the bill. Vast and interesting cocktail menu. The three we had were good, not amazing, and felt a little weak on alcohol. But very good experience overall. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-14
by on February 15th, 2018
4

Booked on a whim and had a great night. Fab food, amazing burlesque and delicious wine. We will definitely be back for more granny baskets! Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-10
by on February 11th, 2018
5

We absolutely loved The Courtesan, great setting, lovely staff, amazing food. Honestly, couldn't fault a thing. Already planning our return. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-06
by on February 7th, 2018
5

The male staff member was really lovely, friendly, chatty and helpful. Unfortunately the female staff member let him down as she was unfriendly and unhelpful. The food was very tasty, it came out at different times but this was fine as as a table we shared everything. The outside decor isn't great but inside is nicely done. I would recommend. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-04
by on February 5th, 2018
3

The service was very very very slow. The table next to ours was waiting so long for service, just sauces etc. - we gave them ours - we also were waiting endlessly - we asked for the service charge to be removed. Really woeful. The food... hit or miss. Bao ok - some of the dumplings just OK. For drinks... my old fashion arrived warm - like it was just poured over the ice rather then stirred properly so the sugar has a chance - kind of sad so wont be back anytime too soon Visited The Courtesan on 2018-02-02
by on February 4th, 2018
2

Wonderful atmosphere and great service and food. A real surprise because I’ve been walking past this place for years! They could do themselves a favour and add margeritas to their cocktail list. ;) Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-30
by on February 1st, 2018
4

Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-26
by on January 29th, 2018
5

My favourite restaurant in Brixton. Took 15 friends there for my birthday and everyone really enjoyed it. Great food and the service was excellent. Staff are wonderful and very accommodating. Thanks for making our night so special! Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-26
by on January 27th, 2018
5

As always a good experience and great food and cocktails. Staff are helpful and knowledgeable about their menu. Looking forward to going again Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-26
by on January 27th, 2018
5

Excellent! Everything was brilliant. Great dimsum (we loved the steamed ones!), cocktails, atmosphere, music... my friends and myself had a great time :) Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-26
by on January 27th, 2018
5

Really good! Staff were so accommodating in getting us a table, and even when our table was due for the next reservation, they ensured there was room downstairs so we could continue on. Food was incredible, cocktails were a delight. Would definitely go back and am also recommending to my friends. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-26
by on January 27th, 2018
5

The food, cocktails and ambience were wonderful, however service was very slow and a little inattentive. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-26
by on January 27th, 2018
4

Excellent food and service! The staff we very helpful and knowledgable with the menu. Great atmosphere. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-20
by on January 26th, 2018
5

What a delightful restaurant! Having dim sum for dinner is a treat, and pairing it with one of their cocktails feels quite naughty. The decor is lovely, as was the attentive service. Will definitely be back. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-13
by on January 15th, 2018
5

Fantastic venue, lovely decor and vibe. The cocktails are delicious, as are the staff. Really recommend the burlesque. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-13
by on January 15th, 2018
5

The food is exquisite, the service friendly attentive and truly really cool bunch of people, the restaurant lovely, music cool and atmosphere the best. This is the second time I have been here, the first time for my friend a d wehad a brilliant time Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-12
by on January 14th, 2018
5

Staff were very friendly and helpful, and the food was incredible. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-12
by on January 13th, 2018
5

food was good but service very understaffed and slow...one person to deal with the meet & greet / man the bar / taking food& drinks orders / delivering food / cleaning tables for next seating.... Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-07
by on January 8th, 2018
3

It's always a great experience eating at Courtesan, food is delicious and light, service is good and the place and atmosphere is top, l particularly like the background music they play, you must try to know! highly recommend this place! Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-06
by on January 7th, 2018
5

We had a great evening here - the service was fantastic, all the food was delicious and we even had some entertainment which was unexpected but a nice surprise. Would definitely recommend and will be back. Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-06
by on January 7th, 2018
5

Very nice food athmosfere and very kind staff! Visited The Courtesan on 2018-01-02
by on January 3rd, 2018
4

Great food and cocktails. Will definitely be returning. Visited The Courtesan on 2017-12-29
by on December 30th, 2017
5

Lovely food, really friendly attentive service, amazing cocktails. Thank you for a wonderful evening. Visited The Courtesan on 2017-12-15
by on December 18th, 2017
5

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!
by on May 3rd, 2017
5

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. Visited The Courtesan on 2017-04-11
by on April 13th, 2017
3

Best dim sum I have ever had. Stunning decor. Visited The Courtesan on 2017-03-02
by on March 3rd, 2017
5

brilliant place for dinner! service is excellent! will be back!
by on January 26th, 2017
5

Great service, delicious food and spot on cocktails! Loved it- would definitely recommend it and will be back! Visited The Courtesan on 2017-01-21
by on January 23rd, 2017
5

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. Visited The Courtesan on 2016-10-27
by on October 28th, 2016
2

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.
by on April 18th, 2016
1

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!
by on October 20th, 2015
5
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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
by on January 6th, 2015
5
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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
by on May 9th, 2014
4

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!
by on July 23rd, 2013
4
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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!
by on June 17th, 2013
4
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not what you expect from the outside - like an opium den inside and the food is yummy!
by on May 20th, 2013
4
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