It took nearly a decade for the Hakkasan empire to expand in London, the original near Tottenham Court Road opened back in 2001. The original Hakkasan was secreted away down an alleyway, however the new Hakkasan sits opposite the smart designer stores in Bruton Street with large, fish tank windows overlooking the street. Those who want to replicate the dark, decadent feel of the original need to slink downstairs to the sexy basement. The music playlist might have changed, but the naughties club hip vibe is still the same, as are the perfectly formed waitresses in Diane Von Furstenberg dresses, the broad Chinese menu, albeit with minimal interference and the Eastern-inspired cocktails. The sharp-suited hedgefunders and their crisp fashionista companions all lend a sophisticated atmosphere to what has become a London institution.