Circus

Covent Garden
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Despite the name, the entertainment here comes not from clowns in collapsible cars or daring young men on the flying trapeze but from a new breed of cabaret acts: the long banquet table doubles as a catwalk-cum-stage for fire-eaters, burlesque acts and dancers.

If the entertainment doesn’t make your retinas wince, then the gleaming white floors and walls might. The bar and dining areas are a little spartan, but there’s a softer lounge area if it all seems too clinical.

The drinks list delivers classic cocktails with a twist: bellinis made with blood peaches, margaritas made with hibiscus juice and agave nectar. The food is high-end (that is, pricey) pan-Asian dishes: star anise duck confit, Josper beef fillet steak. The scene gets clubby at weekends with regular DJs and even dancing on the tables.

Venue name: Circus
Contact:
Address: 27-29 Endell Street
London
WC2H 9BA
Opening hours: Open 6pm-midnight Tue,Wed; 6pm-1am Thur; 6pm-2am Fri,Sat. Food served 5pm-10.30pm Tues-Sat
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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Charly Lester
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Incredible evening.  The venue has had a refurb, so the 'gleaming white walls' in the review are no longer relevant.  The food (various Asian dishes of differing sizes) was delicious - in particular the lobster tempura and teriyaki steak, and the atmosphere was brilliant.  Various acts performed through out dinner, performing on a long marble table stage, which you can request to sit around (though arguably the best views are on the small tables around its periphery). There was something for every - a hula-hooping Elvis, girls in tiny swim suits in hanging hoops, and a topless gymnast performing on stirrups. It's easy how you could spend the whole evening - the restaurant has an almost club-like feel, and a large bar area, but the food is top notch.  I eat out a lot for work, and this was one of the best Asian meals I've had in London.  Definitely one to try.  A word of warning though ... the toilets look unisex, but the ones at the back are definitely the men's!!!

ML

Visited this place for drinks on a Saturday night and was served by a very rude barman. Suffice to say we only stayed for one drink and left, despite having paid the £5 door chargs

NB

I booked a table here to celebrate my Birthday and it has a fantastic atmosphere. A classy and intimate restaurant/bar with ongoing impressive entertainment throughout the night. The food could be pricey but probably average for London but the dishes are definitely worth it. I had some melt in your mouth teriyaki after sharing some fun Asian starters accompanied with delicious house wine. The venue is the perfect place; not too big and the comfort of being entertained in elaborate style in somebody's front room. I will definitely be going back to sample more menus and be amused by entertainers. A perfect night out! I have already recommended to friends!

The Man on the Street

Oh what a night ! Our table for 4 was a reunion - and I don't think we could have chosen a better venue. Dinner was good, service was great and the cabaret outrageous .... and right in front of our nose.

Linda

I brought a visiting friend here for dinner & drinks and we were not expecting much. To our surprise, the food is absolutely great, drinks were done so good i had to keep it coming and the well-timed interval performance of the cabaret is a good break from our catch up (not tacky at all). The staff are so friendly and good in attending to us despite how crowded and busy the place was on a friday night. Even the girls at the cloakroom seem to always be in good spirits! I highly recommend this place especially for visitors coming to London to have a different dining experience.