Opium born from the popular super club and restaurants known for their vibrant nightlife in the Mediterranean and Marbella. 2018 was the hottest ticket when Opium London made their debut in the UK. I know you recognise the brand Opium, this is there forth venue and first international venture. This nightlife giant is not new to the hospitality industry, they are part of a portfolio of the very best nightclubs and restaurants owned and operated by Barcelona-based hospitality group, Costa Este Group owner of the world renowned Pacha, Barcelona. The group was recently awarded ‘Best Nightlife Business Group 2018’, so to unleash Opium London to vibrant London was perfect timing. It’s already London’s big addiction, the new spot where the stars come out to play. Opium London offers a taste of Marbella in the heart of London’s Soho.
Welcome to Opium London
Opium London is the first and last stop for a great night out with the ladies, birthday celebration or night out with the gents. The venue offers a fantastic combination and benefits of a restaurant, bar and nightclub. The perfect place to enjoy dinner and then hit the dance floor with some of the world’s home grown and international DJ’s and musical guest roster. The Opium family have hosted some of world-famous artists and DJs, such as David Guetta, French Montana, Black Eye Peas and many more! The club recently had a special appearance from the multi-platinum selling Nicki Minaj.
Opium London is expansive with glass separating the club area, covering 1,000 square meters with a capacity of 500 people, a modern venue an amazing futuristic light show, designed to make you move. The three VIP boxes, located in the most privileged places, offer an exclusive experience for their most discerning guests. The decor is sleek, chic and modern; Marble floors polished to perfection with inviting white leather booths. The captivating bright purple pyramid-shaped light show bouncing off the walls to provide the ultimate luxurious environment.
The restaurant is headed up by Portuguese chef Diogo Amaro, who has a wealth of experience working for Novikov and MNKY HSE and internationally in Dubai and Sardinia. Chef Diogo personally created every one of the dishes. Opium London is an upscale dining experience offering seafood, fresh sushi, and sashimi, along with a menu of modern Mediterranean and Pan-Asian cuisine. The meat and produce are sourced from top international suppliers. Signature dishes including Mediterranean inspired dishes such as Grilled Scottish Lobster, Chicken and Foie Gras Cannelloni, Spanish Iberico Ham and the most delicious trio of Wagyu Beef Sliders with three different dipping sauces with the highest-grade beef sources from Australia. Opium London offers animal-friendly options mouth watering truffle and mushroom risotto.
My Opium London experience
Opium London is set within the heart of buzzing and vibrant Soho on Rupert Street. On arrival I was greeted by the friendly door assistant, my coat was taken before being taken down to the restaurant space. I was immediately hit by the vibe, the music was electric. The lounge bar area is fully stacked and raised and you step down into the dining section, the stairs create the perfect magnetic walk into the restaurant. The restaurant space is adorned with reflective black marble floors, with hexagon detail. Purple and pink hexagon lights and large screens project captivating shapes in time with the music. The velvet blue chairs add to the luxurious feel and corner booth chairs create an intimacy to the dining experience.
The host seated me on a comfortable corner seat. I was able to see all around the restaurant, it was a Friday night so on a raised platform a DJ played a great selection of tunes, perfectly setting the mood. Glancing around the restaurant it was a mixed crowd, with date nights and a ladies birthday celebration on the long table next to me. I joined in whilst they all song Happy Birthday, I love a celebratory moment. Ice buckets strategically placed around the restaurant, for the guests who want their drinks on ice.
The host assisted me with the choices on the menu and explained them all in detail. I was spoilt for choice; starters the famous Iberian ham croquettes so tasty, crispy fried calamari with lime mayo, perfectly seasoned, chicken and Foie gras cannelloni wonderful flavour, tomato vegetable spring rolls just what I needed. I tried the rib-eye steak just perfect. My sides were grilled tenderstem broccoli spinach, part of my five a day!
Opium London offers an amazing menu of cocktails, doing their part for sustainability I was provided with sustainable straws. My cocktail choices were; Tropical plus blend of crème d’apricot, mango purée, apricot jam, lime and pineapple, so fresh and fruity. The Temptress Liqueur de Lychee crème de violet limejuice, grenadine syrup and Prosecco – tasty. Ebony confection, Bacardi anejo cuatro rum, crème de figure, Mozart black cinnamon syrup and chocolate bitters – dark and mysterious. Each cocktail took me on an exciting sensory journey.
Can you imagine my excitement when I realised there was dessert! Not just any dessert! A Vegan one. Heaven on a plate. After such indulgence I had the pleasure of being introduced to the man of the hour, Chef Diogo Amaro, a legend, I congratulated him for such a wonderful food experience.
The night would not be complete without a glass of their finest ‘Champagne.’ Ready to work off the food I hit the dance floor, the club is even more dynamic purple and pink lights in the shapes of hexagons, like you are dancing in amethyst luxurious jewel box. The DJ’s selection of music is fun, vibrant and current. The club has a number of VIP boxes for the high profile guests and celebrities to offer total exclusivity; section ropes and the all-important large ice buckets, to ensure the discerning guests are left feeling like VIP’s.
The cocktail experience
The mixologist is dynamic and on trend ‘Pitch of Earth’ is a wait for it! A vegan-friendly cocktail that even gives back, to who you may ask? Charity! Gone is the guilt trip for drinking too much, it’s for charity! But as always drink sensibly!! Made with Elephant Gin, an altruistic gin brand that donates 15% of its profits to The African Elephant Foundation, the cocktail has a super food element with ingredients such as fresh ginger, beetroot and limejuice with delicious maraschino and green apple liqueur. Opium London is synonymous with fun; El Patron is a twist on the most iconic cocktail – The Margarita. To be taken on a Spanish journey Sangaree Fusion version of a taste of classic Spain-Sangria.
Opium London is the perfect one stop night out to experience the best in Modern Mediterranean and Pan-Asian upscale cuisine. The restaurant, bar lounge and club is a great choice for a night out with friends, date night and party slickers. Great food, impeccable service and impressive cocktails. Opium London should be on your list to experience London’s nightlife. New to town or resident, you will have a great time. Celebrity spotting, Opium London is the place to be and the place to be seen.
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