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The Light Lounge

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Chinatown
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(8user reviews)
The Light Lounge

A great new bar in an unlikely location, the heart of Chinatown.

You may have walked down Newport Place, a minuscule thoroughfare leading from Chinatown to Leicester Square tube, 100 times without even knowing its name. Lined with tiny Chinese shops, cafés and restaurants, it’s now the unlikely home for an excellent ‘boutique’ cocktail bar.

Light Lounge has some input from Andy Mil, of the Cocktail Trading Company near Oxford Circus, one of the best bars to open in the past year. The input showed on two visits. First I popped in after work and asked for something non-alcoholic. Fruit juices flowed into a shaker, the shaker got shaken, the contents were strained into a martini glass. It was balanced and quite tart, as requested.

Second time round, two of us hit a Sipsmith martini and a Plum Fizz: gin, plum brandy and tamarind (both £10.50). The martini was straight from the textbooks; the fizz, bracingly sharp and fresh, made me wonder why tamarind isn’t used in more cocktails. Flawless, both.

Light features prominently in the decor, with sparkly chandeliers reflected on lots of glass; it looks a little disco-like. There’s also something retro about the revealingly dressed cocktail waitresses, who are smiling and enthusiastic about their work. On one visit the playlist was soul, on another tech house; on neither occasion was the music too loud.

There is glorious daylight if you go early evening, at least in summer. Bag a window seat, especially at the corner of the room where Newport Place meets Lisle Street. 

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The Light Lounge says
The Light Lounge joins the ranks of the much-feted cocktail bars housed within the streets of London’s Chinatown, an area long considered the epicentre of all day dim sum, Asian grocery stores and guilt-inducing late night buffet joints.
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By: Richard Ehrlich


Venue name: The Light Lounge
Address: 1 Newport Place
Opening hours: MON – THU: 5pm – 11:30pm FRI – SAT: 5pm – MIDNIGHT SUN: CLOSED
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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This sleek upmarket bar doesn't really fit with the surrounding chaos of China town but it provides a beautiful oasis of calm in the heart of the city.

Unsurprisingly it wasn't very busy on a Monday in January so we had the place almost to ourselves which wasn't a bad thing.

Happy hour was limited; 4 cocktails, and one beer. Cocktails are 241 but it has to be the same cocktail but personally I can drink a martini like a shot so it's not a hardship drinking two of the same.

You can so share with a friend if you're so inclined.

Lush cocktails and a lovely environment with attentive staff but the music choice was a bit poor

moderatorStaff WriterTastemaker

Chic little venue somewhat hidden on the edge of Chinatown. Had a fun evening with an impromptu wine tasting. Good service, but quiet on the night we were in.

Great cocktails and friendly staff give this bar an awesome atmosphere, a great new addition to the West End.

Just discovered this place, a new addition to London's cocktail scene. The cocktails were presented beautifully and tasted great. The waitresses were friendly and very helpful recommending products to suit our tastes. Highly recommend trying this place I will be visiting again.

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