'Opium Den is intimate, plush and perfect for small groups'

Nam Long Le Shaker launches mischievous new bar The Opium Den

One of Chelsea’s iconic restaurants for nearly three decades and the birthplace of the Flaming Ferrari, Nam Long Le Shaker launches an intimate late-night lounge featuring stunning décor and a bespoke new cocktail menu this month.

Opening its downstairs to the public for the first time as The Opium Den, the area will provide a show-stopping mosaic cocktail bar and more upbeat ambience to the rest of the venue. Hidden underneath the iconic restaurant, a wrought iron staircase will lead guests downstairs, into a sultry low-lit area with a debauched late-night vibe, handcrafted statues, and plush velvet banquettes to kick back and relax in. Traditional artwork adorns the walls and wood-patterned flooring adds an authentic finish to the mischievous den.

opium den decor

Established in 1985, Nam Long was founded by Thai Dang, a flamboyant man and local hero known for his distinct way of running the door, famously denying both Prince William and Mick Jagger entry. The restaurant and nightspot has remained a nightlife institution for decades and is now managed by Thai’s very talented 29-year old daughter, Dzuyen, after he sadly passed away last year. As one of London’s few female nightspot owners, and a woman to watch, Dzuyen aims to introduce the Nam Long brand to a new era, while always staying true to its colourful history.

Opium den

Nam Long will also introduce a new cocktail menu to celebrate the new opening, with additions such as Mr Thai, created in honour of Nam Long’s founder, a simple yet solid drink of rye whiskey, truffle honey, and grapefruit bitters, served short with ice. Jade, a smooth citrus concoction of vodka/gin, cucumber, elderflower and lime, and Bardot, a graceful and smooth lychee liqueur based drink, combined with gin, a dash of cherry heering, and rose water, as well as the ever-present, notorious Flaming Ferrari. Set on fire and drunk quickly through a straw, The Flaming Ferrari is truly an eye-catching phenomenon, worth visiting the bar for on its own.


Opium Den, 159 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5; 020 7373 1926; www.namlong.co.uk/bar.html

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