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An Underground Cocktail Bar Inspired By 1950’s Hong Kong Is Coming To London • Lucy Wong

You’ve been invited to Lucy Wong’s Fitzrovia apartment for a late-night party with the who’s-who of London’s 1950’s socialite scene. Lucy Wong has unfortunately just had to leave to attend another glamorous engagement, but please make yourself comfortable, and enjoy some libations at a party set to last until the early hours of the morning.

That’s the concept behind London’s newest cocktail bar, Lucy Wong, from The Breakfast Group, which is set to open in late February. The minds behind Opium, one of the best cocktail bar in the United Kingdom, are bringing yet another slice of Asian inspiration to London’s cocktail scene. However, where Opium transports drinkers to 1920’s Shanghai, Lucy Wong is looking to bring a taste of 1950’s Hong Kong to Central London.

What’s the vibe?

Inspiration has largely come from the 1957 novel, The World of Suzie Wong by Richard Mason – with the bar’s titular Lucy Wong being the fictional daughter of the novel’s protagonist. The bar will also nod to later eras, from the 60’s through to the 80’s, through The Breakfast Group founder Eric Yu’s own memories of growing up in Hong Kong. The inspiration will influence the venue’s décor, with plenty of Chinese design inspiration, as well as the bar’s food and drink offerings. Expect timeless glamour, and utter decadence.

a shot of someone from behind, entering a red-lit room, holding a bouquet of flowers
Credit: @lucywonglondon via Facebook

The bar will equally comfortably host both after-work drinks or late night parties. They’ll even be offering up afternoon tea on Saturdays. And late night parties never need to end, as they’ve secured a late license that allows them to stay open until 3AM on Fridays and Saturdays. The bar will also boast a hidden outdoor terrace, sure to come in handy when the weather warms up. Live music will complement the buzzing vibe, with contemporary music that melds with the eras that have inspired the bar.

Said Eric Yu:

“Lucy Wong will be an exciting launch for us in London – a new style and concept for our bars and restaurants and a site that is very special for me. It’s a tribute to my mother and allows me to tell my story of growing up in Hong Kong. The cocktails will be simply amazing, with Dreì Masso providing his expertise.”

On the menu at Lucy Wong

The driving force behind the menu is the same as that guiding the venue’s appearance and vibe. The food takes the form of “quintessential Cantonese cuisine”, so diners can expect everything from succulent roasts all the way through to Dim Sum platters. These are in turn perfectly matched by a roster of Asian-inspired cocktails that riff on the classics. Among the drinks set to make an appearance on the menu are the Shanghai 75, the Cherry Blossom Manhattan, and the Dragon Old Fashioned.

a pink hued cocktail in a rocks glass, with pink peppercorns, on a pink background
Credit: Lucy Wong

Be sure to follow Lucy Wong on Instagram to keep up to date with the latest announcements. (And while you’re there, you might as well follow us too if you haven’t already!).

Lucy Wong will open their doors in late February. Sign up at the website to learn more and you’ll bag yourself a 50% off food offer during the opening period.

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