Deep in the heart of Chinatown lies Opium, a gem literally hidden amongst the storefronts. Find the green door and be transported to a chic dim sum parlour and cocktail bar. The Oriental decor mixed with the contemporary metal accents gives the spot a level of Chinatown with a twist, echoed with the ever-changing dim sum menu focused on seasonability and freshness.
Best Restaurants Near Chinatown
In the heart of the West End, lies one of London's most unique cultural hubs, Chinatown. Located between Covent Garden, Soho and Leicester Square, there's loads to see and do. If you need a break from all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet restaurants or want to try something a little different, check out our picks for the best restaurants near Chinatown.
Salvador & Amanda cater to the needs of anyone looking for some Latin flair to their dinner. Leicester Square's resident fiesta is home to tasty, authentic tapas and fiery Spanish cuisine. Turn up the heat with their happy hour deals include 2 cocktails for £10 and a litre of sangria for just £11 to quench your thirst near Chinatown.
Set right off Covent Garden's main piazza, Boulevard Brasserie is a staple to London's French dining scene. Three floors of Parisian decor, complete with low lighting and framed posters accompanies a comprehensive French menu complete with moules marinières, boeuf bourguignon and duck confit paired with regional French wines.
Indian food is synonymous with British dining, and Cinnamon Bazaar has the corner on the bazaar for fine Indian dining near Chinatown. The menus are a modern take on market style dishes in an all-day British setting. Be sure to check out their Trader's Tea for a midday escape or start your day off with a traditional paratha.
Late night dining is easy to find in and around Chinatown, but not too many have extensive menus. Haymarket Kitchen boasts a menu of everything from sirloin steak, to fresh fish and Mexican classics. If dinner wasn't enough, finish the night off with their signature cocktails and a night out at its resident night club, Tiger Tiger.
Mint Leaf brings a taste of contemporary Indian cuisine and intimate dining to Piccadilly Circus. Perfect for pre/post theatre, the menus offer the finest authentic ingredients to create a modern twist on Eastern fare with a unique cocktail menu to match.
Sway is one of the best spots for dinner, dancing and drinks near Chinatown. Located between Covent Garden and Holborn, this chic New York-style cocktail bar offers an array of bar food staples, like sharing platters, salads, pizza and grilled entrees. After dinner, sway the night away on the in-house dance floor or drink up in one of three house bars.
Hungry? A mix of tacos, nachos, chicken wings and chorizo will soon see to that, and there's a sharing platter of six smaller plates for £30 if you're looking for a communal eating experience. With generous 'Amigo Hour' deals that serve up £5 cocktails and £3 beers, Barrio is not to be missed for a fun, Latin dining experience right near Chinatown.