Nam Long Le Shaker has, for nearly three decades, been at the forefront of London’s night scene, making headlines all over the world with its Flaming Ferraris and celebrity diners.
This summer, the Chelsea restaurant will, for the first time, open its downstairs to the public, with the launch of elgant lounge, The Opium Den.
Established in 1985, Nam Long was founded by Thai Dang, a flamboyant man and local hero known for his distinct ways 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.
Representing a new Nam Long generation, Dzuyen recently launched a new Pan-Asian inspired food menu, as well as creating The Opium Den, as the first steps towards continuing the legacy of her father. 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.
Hidden underneath the iconic restaurant, a bespoke wrought iron staircase will lead guests downstairs, into a sultry low-lit area with a debauched late-night vibe, fitting for the discerning Nam Long crowd. The décor, designed by Boxer & Brown, features an impressive mosaic cocktail bar with a shimmering mirror panelled front, 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.