Best Places to Have Dim Sum in London

When it comes to the perfect food, a lot of people rate dim sum up there. And we can see why. Perfect, bite-sized portions of meat, veg and crystalline dough that sum up Chinese hospitality, dim sum is raved the world over, so where can you get it in London? From the steamed baskets of Soho to high-end restaurants serving up unique takes on the small plate favourite, check out our recommendation for the best dim sum restaurants in London below.

Last updated on 29th October 2019




Inamo Covent Garden

279 user reviews 4

Unlimited Asian tapas & sushi with free-flowing wine or beer £42 per person

Inamo brings technology and innovation to London's eating out scene. It's a tech friendly place where guests place their order via sleek tablets, immerse themselves in the evening by projecting their own tabletops and even check in on the kitchen via chef cam. Away from all this techy excitement there's actually some damn fine fare up for grabs; enjoy delicious pan-Asian fare and Oriental themed cocktails in the basement bar.

Opium

1232 user reviews 4

Dim Sum and a welcome cocktail taster -

This four floor London dim sum restaurant and cocktail emporium gives itself over utterly to an authentic Chinese experience. Providing an almost mystical ambience, with the extensiveness of the site and the bold décor that verges on surrealist; what a wonderful place to spend an evening and enjoy some dim sum.

Enjoying incredibly slick and brooding interiors, Ping Pong adds some evening appropriate intensity to dim sum. Traditionally taken in the morning or afternoon, Ping Pong's sultry vibes, dark wood and precise features will soon get you glugging sake and popping dumplings way into the evening. With a menu split up into 'fried and griddled', 'baked', 'steamed', 'soups' and 'specials; navigating your way through dim sum is made easy. 

The Courtesan

194 user reviews 4

The Courtesan is a genuinely surprising and elegant establishment in the heart of Brixton's bustling foodie scene at one of the best places to eat dim sum in London. Going for a gracefully Chinese theme with minimal yet well selected finery giving an uncluttered yet luxurious atmosphere. Both calming and buzzing, The Courtesan treats customers with assorted dim sum, unusual teas and speciality cocktails. 

Yauatcha

1 user review 5

Striking every note perfectly to create an idiosyncratic yet evocative dim sum experience, Yauatcha is the cool and contemporary choice. Boasting a slim, bright blue fish tank and starry sky ceiling; the ambience is eccentric yet consummately stylish. Setting itself apart with its foray into puddings, you must deviate into the sweet menu. Everything is executed to perfection and dishes are reasonable at about £5 each. 

Hakkasan

3 user reviews 4

Dubbing itself as an exploration into 'elegance, energy, invention; Hakkasan really goes for it in terms of the whole dim sum experience. And why the heck not? Get into the delicacy and intrigue of the eating experience, built around savouring rather than devouring, in an opulent setting. Slick lacquered wood and electric blue features give this Mayfair eatery a very buzzy, bar-like ambience whilst the dim sum remains almost terrifyingly skilful.