Opium, like most places in Soho, comes with the obligatory arsey doorman. But if you can manage not to be put off by this, you’ll find an excellent cocktail bar once you’re inside. Opium is spread over a few floors and rooms, so it’s great for either date night or a big group get together - as long as you book a spot before getting there. Rocking up without a booking at the weekends is just a bad life decision. They also serve dim sum if you get hungry, but we suggest that you take your big group and eat from our list of Chinatown restaurants, if you’re in need of a proper meal pre- or post-drinks.
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Where to gather a large group of mates or colleagues for a drink.
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If you’re looking for some great soup dumplings in Chinatown, head for Beijing Dumpling.
Orient is a classic Cantonese restaurant on Wardour Street with a dim sum menu (and cheung fun) that you should definitely seek out.
Food House is a Sichuan restaurant in Chinatown serving solid chilli oil noodles, platters of dumplings, and more. It’s good for a group, or solo.
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My Neighbours The Dumplings
My Neighbours The Dumplings in Clapton is a dim sum parlour done East London stye. There’s a great bar and Chinese dishes, Totoro optional.
The Duck and Rice
The Duck and Rice pairs cold pints of Pilsener Urquell with brilliant Cantonese dim sum. Hit it up for a weeknight dinner or an afternoon snack.
Seven Dials Market
Seven Dials Market is a food hall with lots of options, from pasta, to ramen, to fried chicken, that’s alright if you want an alright quick meal.
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Sit at the bar at The Palomar, this Israeli small plates restaurant in Chinatown, and you’re guaranteed a good time.
Leong’s Legend serves Taiwanese dishes that are more interesting than your typical Chinatown joint.
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