The Courtesan

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Head to The Courtesan to delight in the fineries of Imperial China. 

The venue is a Dim Sum restaurant and 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 Dim Sum, speciality teas and unique house cocktails. Each dish is lovingly prepared, and the venue's child friendly nature makes it ideal for a family trip out. 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.


No Door Charge
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
18 (Families Welcome)


Day Open Close Notes
12:00 23:00
18:00 23:00
12:00 23:00
12:00 23:00
12:00 01:00
12:00 01:00
12:00 22:30


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


This venue serves Asian/Oriental 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
Birdcage Bar 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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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 JessicaDally

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 Katie
1 person people found this helpful

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 sophieslain
1 person people found this helpful

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 GuyNT

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 sarah25
1 person people found this helpful

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 ruby10
1 person people found this helpful

not what you expect from the outside - like an opium den inside and the food is yummy!
20 May 2013 by arrribaa
2 person people found this helpful

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