Best dim sum in London

Dim sum can be found all around London, so we headed out in search of the best dim sum the capital has to offer – it's a tough job, but someone's got to do it

Updated on 08 August 2019

If you’ve ever visited one of London’s plethora of Chinese restaurants, the likelihood is that you’ve sampled dim sum. Just in case you’ve forgotten what it’s all about though, here’s a quick refresher; dim sum is a style of food originating from China, which consists of a selection of miniature dishes traditionally enjoyed in the afternoon alongside a pot of tea.

The selection normally features a variety of steamed and fried buns, rolls and dumplings in both sweet and savoury flavours. Dim sum has taken on a life of its own in London, with restaurants from Shoreditch to Soho and Marylebone to Mayfair all serving up platters of the stuff. Dim sum literally translates into English as “touch the heart” and it’s hard not to fall in love with these little parcels of joy. With so many restaurants serving dim sum around the capital though, how do you know which ones are worth your time? In life, you dim sum and you lose some (sorry), but our pick of the best dim sum London has to offer should help you to avoid any bad experiences.

All of the restaurants included in our curated list of the best dim sum in London have been tried and tested by our team of professional food critics, so you can trust that these spots are more than worth a visit. If you’ve got a hankering for steamed pork ribs and shrimp dumplings, or you fancy getting steamy with some buns, check out our pick of the best dim sum you can find in London – you won’t be disappointed.    

Din Tai Fung Covent Garden

Din Tai Fung Covent Garden

5 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8PT

Internationally renowned Din Tai Fung arrived in the capital amidst a blaze of publicity, with the papers reporting that five hours queues were expected to form out of the doors. Once the restaurant actually opened though, reviews were lukewarm (that’s the problem with hype we guess). Nonetheless, Din Tai Fung’s dim sum is worth trying, particularly because the classic pork xiao long bao is a marvel of engineering, handmade on site and pleated 18 times.

£50 - £79
Taiwanese
Dim Sum
RedFarm London

RedFarm London

9 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HZ

An import from New York, RedFarm has gained Insta fame thanks to its colourful dumplings that are made to look like PacMan characters. Although this is not the place for Chinese food purists, there is lots of fun to be had; check out the xiao long bao soup dumplings which arrive with the handy addition of a straw to suck up the pork and prawn broth, or indulge with a helping of cheeseburger spring rolls.

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Dim Sum
Royal China Club

Royal China Club

40-42 Baker Street, London, W1U 7AJ

The flagship branch of the Royal China group has still got it and is ideal for an evening of decadent feasting (there are five private dining rooms should you want an extra touch of exclusivity). From the dim sum menu, you can sample the likes of a pan-fried duck bun, deep-fried crispy onion cakes, and lobster dumplings with herbs and garlic. Dim sum even makes an appearance at dessert, where you’ll find steamed custard buns.

£50 - £79
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Dim Sum
Hakkasan Mayfair

Hakkasan Mayfair

17 Bruton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 6QB

Hakkasan has 12 locations around the globe (with two London sites), but we’d argue that the Mayfair branch is the sexiest. The restaurant has an ineffable air of cool and is regularly packed with the rich and famous. Luckily, the dim sum matches the grand interiors, with the likes of crab, caviar and Wagyu beef all having been employed. Prices are sky high, but the dim sum lunch menu offers a (slightly) more affordable way in.  

£50 - £79
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One michelin star
Duddell

Duddell's London

6 St Thomas Street, London, London, SE1 9RY

Found inside a deconsecrated chapel, the London outpost of Hong Kong’s Duddell’s finds itself in grand surrounds, thanks to high ceilings and stylish lighting. On the plate, things are just as visually pleasing, with dim sum including crab and prawn dumplings and a Peking duck spring roll. There’s a dedicated dim sum lunch to take advantage of, but you can also enjoy it as part of a fuller meal, which includes Peking duck carved tableside.

£50 - £79
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Yauatcha Soho

Yauatcha Soho

15-17 Broadwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0DL

With two London locations (there’s another in Broadgate Circle), Yauatcha has gained a reputation in the capital as one of the swishest dim sum spots in town. You can expect a rather hefty bill come the meal’s end, but it will be worth it to try the likes of perfectly steamed pork and prawn filled dumplings, as well as the now-famous roasted venison puffs, which arrive encased in a flaky, warm and buttery pastry shell.

£50 - £79
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One michelin star
The Duck and Rice

The Duck and Rice

90 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0QB

In recent years, weekend brunch has practically become a rite of passage for Londoners, and The Duck & Rice is home to one of the best dim sum brunches in town. Stop by here to enjoy xiao long bao, chicken feet with black bean and chilli, and baked venison puffs. To wash all that down, there’s a selection of cocktails and beers, while those staying away from booze can pick from a wide range of speciality teas.

£30 - £49
Chinese
Gastropub
Phoenix Palace

Phoenix Palace

5 Glentworth Street, London, NW1 5PG

With over 300 dishes available across eight separate menus, you certainly won’t be short of choice at Phoenix Palace. Dim sum is served daily until 4.45pm and includes barbecue pork buns, and grilled chicken gyozas, as well as a crispy seaweed roll with mushed prawns. The ultra-traditional décor (think long back chairs, intricate wood carvings and hanging laterns) and the pleasingly efficient service are further reasons to fall in love with this Chinese old timer.

£30 - £49
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Dim Sum
Golden Dragon Chinatown

Golden Dragon Chinatown

28-29 Gerrard Street, London, W1D 6JW

Golden Dragon may not be as high-gloss as competitors Hakkasan and Yauatcha, but what it lacks in style, it more than makes up for in substance. Dining here means filling up on copious amounts of dim sum, which is served daily until 5pm. Tuck into the tempting likes of char siu pork buns and Vietnamese crispy spring rolls, while braver diners can try the less conventional steamed chicken feet in a black bean sauce. 

£30 - £49
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Dim Sum
Bright Courtyard Club

Bright Courtyard Club

43-45 Baker Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 8EW

Finding its home on Baker Street, this London outpost of the acclaimed Shanghai original is a buzzy spot, complete with a wall of wine and a chocolate and cream colour scheme. Dim sum can be enjoyed in the tea lounge or the main dining room, and on the menu you can expect to see the likes of sesame prawn toast, spicy jellyfish and Shanghai-style mini spare ribs. It's worth exploring the Euro-centric wine list too.

£50 - £79
Chinese
Park Chinois

Park Chinois

17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8EA

Mayfair restaurants already have quite the reputation for elaborate design and Park Chinois certainly does not disappoint with its interiors, which are modelled after the speakeasies of 1930s Shanghai. The opulent features such as swan-shaped taps in the loos and gold-plated columns in the basement Club Chinois are matched by a superior dim sum menu, which features the decadent likes of a black truffle dumplings, Wagyu beef gyoza and prawn toast topped with foie gras.

Over £80
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Shikumen Shepherd

Shikumen Shepherd's Bush

Dorsett Hotel, 58 Shepherd's Bush Green, London, W12 8QE

The flagship Shikumen (there’s a second site in Aldgate) finds its home at the Dorsett Hotel. The dining room is spacious and stylish, well matched to the equally as fashionable menu of tea, cocktails, sake and handmade dim sum. Match your tipple with dishes such as a curry seafood puff, chicken taro croquettes and crab meat xiao long bao, before moving onto to the more filling likes of hot soups, noodle dishes and fresh seafood.

£30 - £49
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Dim Sum
China Tang at The Dorchester Hotel

China Tang at The Dorchester Hotel

53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K 1QA

China Tang could possibly do with a freshen up, but that would certainly take away some of its charm – this place oozes old-school glamour and if the walls could talk, we’re sure they’d have a scandalous story or two to tell (Kate Moss famously held her 40th birthday party here). From the extensive dim sum offering, we’d recommend ordering the Cha Siu Bao (a steamed bun filled with barbecue pork) and the steamed lobster dumpling.

Over £80
Chinese
Dim Sum
A. Wong

A. Wong

70 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1DE

Widely believed to be one of London’s best Chinese restaurants, A. Wong is split across two floors: a relaxed ground-floor space which overlooks an open kitchen, and an opulent basement dining room. Evenings are all about tasting menus, but lunchtime is the moment to enjoy dim sum of the highest standard. Top shouts include the wild mushroom and truffle steamed bun, the crispy won ton with sweet chilli jam, and the quail egg croquette puff.

£30 - £49
Chinese
One michelin star
Min Jiang at the Royal Garden Hotel

Min Jiang at the Royal Garden Hotel

Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 4PT

Found on the tenth floor of The Royal Garden Hotel, Min Jiang is home to awe-inspiring views of Hyde Park and also overlooks some of the capital’s glossiest skyscrapers. Here, dim sum options to try include deep-fried pineapple and prawn rolls, soft shell crab with garlic and chilli, and steamed xiao long bao with pork and Blue Swimmer crab. While you’re scoffing, don’t miss the wine list which is full of charming Old World options.

£50 - £79
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Hutong at The Shard

Hutong at The Shard

Level 33,The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9RY

Found on Level 33 of The Shard, Hutong is the London flagship of the Hong Kong-based Aqua group. As well as those enviable views of the capital’s skyline, premier dim sum is the draw here. If you’re with a group, you can opt for one of the sizeable dim sum platters, while those on regular sized tables can chow down on the likes of minced lamb dumplings or Iberico pork ones with Sichuan garlic sauce.

£50 - £79
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Pearl Liang

Pearl Liang

8 Sheldon Square, London, W2 6EZ

Basement dining rooms can often feel joyless, but Pear Liang makes up for its lack of natural light with sexy purple upholstery and pretty wallpaper splashed with floral designs. The food is equally as enticing, with the dim sum menu taking in dishes such as spinach dumplings, barbecue pork puffs and prawn dumplings. There are various set menus to take advantage of, while those looking for a challenge can opt for the 10-course banquet.

£30 - £49
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Dim Sum
Imperial Treasure

Imperial Treasure

9-10 Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4BE

Although virtually unknown in the UK, Imperial Treasure’s brand of high-end dim sum has already achieved international success, with its locations in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore all boasting Michelin stars. On these shores, you can visit to try out luxe dim sum such as the snow pork bun (essentially a savoury doughnut which balances salty and sweet perfectly). Once you’ve filled up on dim sum, move on to the Peking duck, which is carved tableside.

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Dim Sum

If you’re love of Chinese cuisine doesn’t stop a just dim sum, take a look at our overall pick of the best Chinese restaurants in London