Before you can contemplate trying the incredible cocktails and delicious food, you've got to locate Opium. A secret bar if ever there was one; find the nondescript jade green door and head up the long dark stairway to the cool and chic setting above.

Opium Cocktail Bar & Dim Sum Parlour is a chic, hidden venue in the heart of Chinatown. Run by experienced London bar moguls Dre Masso and Eric Yu, Opium certainly has some pedigree behind it. The decor is oriental themed but again keeps an element of freshness with a twist that makes it modern and current; metal finishes on miss-matched Chinese furniture gives Opium, a contemporary London feel that is very welcome. Expect 3 bars of amazing Asian cocktails and a selection of dim sum - just a little teaser to get your appetite going.

The drinks list and ingredients for food dishes will change seasonally to reflect their freshness, a great selling point. Perfect for a fine dinner and drinks evening, Opium would certainly impress a date or be a good place to have a meal with friends. Flash paper cocktails set the evening off with a bang, alongside some stunning dim sum nibbles; expect a cool and trendy crowd, who are distinctly in the know, how else would they have found this Chinatown gem?

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Sakura Season - Special Sake Menu
🌸 Sakura Season ~ May Sake Specials Menu 🌸 Embark on a bloomin’ beautiful journey of seasonal Spring sips as Sakura Season lands in…

Wed, 15th May 2024 - Wed, 29th May 2024

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Pre-Theatre Menu
🎭 Two Dim Sum Baskets & A Signature Opium Cocktail | £25 Per Person 🎭 🥟🥢 Delve into a delectable selection of delicious dim…

Various dates from Monday 27th May 2024

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On sale until 31st Dec 2024
£25 - £150


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Day Open Close Notes
Monday 17:00 1:00 Kitchen closes at 10pm.
Tuesday 17:00 1:00 Kitchen closes at 10pm.
Wednesday 17:00 2:00 Kitchen closes at 10pm.
Thursday 17:00 2:00 Kitchen closes at 1am.
Friday 17:00 3:00 Kitchen closes at 2am.
Saturday 17:00 3:00 Kitchen closes at 2am.
Sunday 17:00 0:00 Kitchen closes at 9pm

Special opening hours

Day Open Close Notes
Tuesday 24th December 2024 - -
Wednesday 25th December 2024 - -
Thursday 26th December 2024 - -
Wednesday 1st January 2025 - -



Opium, 15-16 Gerrard Street, W1D 6JE



Nearest Station

Leicester Square (Tube)


  • Cuisines

    This venue serves Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly and Vegan Friendly food.

  • A word from the chef:

    Opium fuses classic Chinese dim sum and other dishes with a contemporary London twist, adding new additions to older staples. Try their Dim Sum platter at £22.50 with siu mai and har gau or their Cantonese barbecue pork bun at £9.

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
The Peony bar Private Room 23 30 - On Request On Request

The Peony bar is Opium’s hidden gem, nestled somewhere within our labyrinthine corridors, behind the red curtain on the second floor. Peony has very different feel to the rest of the venue – it’s the Yang to Opium’s Ying and is often considered the most romantic room in the building. Despite being the smallest of all three bars it’s a great self-contained space for private party up to 30 guests, who will be served by your own bartender and look after for the duration of your stay with us. Exclusive hire of the Peony bar includes full waiting staff/bartenders and access to the sound system.

The Apothecary Bar Private Room 30 40 - On Request On Request

The Apothecary bar is located on the second floor at Opium and can accommodate up to 30-40 guests seated or standing. The room is elongated in shape and the main Apothecary bar adorned with medicinal bottles (you won’t have to learn Cantonese, we promise!), splits the bar between two areas. To the far left we have an area with higher, stool type seating and to the right we have “Tea parlour” section which has lower, more dining type style tables and chairs. The bar is available for private hires and drinks reception. Exclusive hire of the Apothecary bar includes full waiting staff/bartenders.

The Academy bar Private Room 0 60 - On Request On Request

The Academy bar is located on the top floor at Opium and can accommodate up to 60 guests seated or standing. One half is set as an authentic Chinese family lounge area (The Attic), a chic, parlour style room with quirky booths, comfy armchairs and lower “coffee” type tables. The second half of the Academy bar is set as a comfortable carriage full of higher tables and stools leading to innovative Bartender’s Table which is an open-kitchen style bar where you can watch up-close the cocktails making process. Exclusive hire of the Academy bar includes full waiting staff/bartenders and access to the sound system.

Full Venue Hire Venue Hire 0 100 - On Request On Request

* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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Opium Chinatown - London Cocktail Bar Review

Hidden in the heart of Chinatown, Opium Cocktail Bar & Dim Sum Parlour is a secretive spot for late night foodies, boozies, and trendsetters from all around London. Set in arguably the most touristy district of London, Opium is a gem among this area and very worthwhile. The Venue After entering…

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