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15-16 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JE How to get here

Opium (Gerrard Street) | Cocktail Bar

Dim sum, tea and cocktails – where could one possibly hope to find three equally disparate yet flavoursome things under one roof? Under Opium’s – an exotic, secluded little bar number, tucked away from the Chinatown bustle.

Set over two floors, it’s an escapist’s paradise. Doused in themes from a bygone era, it juxtaposes 1960s Hong Kong and modern hipster, while dropping 1970s beats from American-Kung-Fu-inspired funk.

Cocktails created with tea, spice, smoke and theatrical flair are the norm at Opium. Spirits are ‘dispensed’ in Chinese medicine bottles, and the peckish can dine on their inspired East-meets-West dim sum menu in the Tea Parlour. Like their delicious crab and samphire, or moreish seabass and fennel killer combos.

Don’t miss their signature cocktail – Opium #6 – a sophisticated concoction of Olmeca Altos tequila, cactus, pimiento, ginger and Oolong tea. Not your tipple? Then try Gunfire, a spiced rum in black tea and lemon oils that packs a seriously powerful punch.

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