The Magic Roundabout
Time Out says
The tagline for this Old Street party spot-cum event space is 'eats, beats, booze', which sounds about right. And if you wanna know where the magic happens? Take a secret staircase from Old Street station and you'll find it – slap-bang in the middle of Old Street roundabout.
Expect street food vendors, artisan coffee, cocktails and craft beers, with regular parties featuring well-known DJs playing house and disco, mostly. Food currently comes courtesy of White Men Can't Jerk, Burger Bear and FFS – a vegan food stall serving US-style food and salads.
The venue gets covered over for the winter in October and keeps partying throughout the winter months - look out for special events.
Old Street Roundabout
Old St Roundabout
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Dressed in flowers and artificial grass 'The Magic Roundabout' holds a summery and naturalistic feel. The bar is immersed in the center of Old Street Station, giving you a sense of superiority as you leave the busy tube behind and come up into this flowery haven where you are surrounded by sky scrapers and cocktails.
I used the app 'Drinki' which gave me a free drink, which was called 'Raspberry Haze'. It was absolutely delicious and included popular flavors of apple and cranberry which meant pretty much everyone could enjoy it. The bar staff were kind, fast and attentive as I asked for mine with no apple juice and they were happy to make me a fresh version without. Given that it was pretty busy I was highly impressed with this kind attitude towards my request as I am much too familiar with sassy bar staff.
'The Magic Roundabout' also has various food vendors in the space including the company 'Loaded Skins'. I tried a beetroot and goats cheese loaded skin which was absolutely delicious and perfect finger food for mingling and moving around the roundabout. My only complaint would be that this was the only gluten free option which meant that I missed out on trying the other delicious treats that were being brought around. However, I was very pleased with what I did eat and would still recommend 'Loaded Skins'.
This venue is ideal for a summers day, and even though I went on a rainy day I was left feeling very pleased and would come again rain or shine. It has a festival feel and is the perfect escapism from the bog standard pub or rush of London life.This bar is so chilled and summery that you feel like you are in your own little flowery bubble surrounded by delicious cocktails, food and like minded people and I would say this is one of London's gems to be prioritized on your bucket list.
Winter has landed at the Magic Roundabout. Re-vamped into a boho hub that keeps the festival feelings going through winter, this place has three bars, plenty of cosy corners and a dance floor, plus all the drunk food you need - you've got fried batter, spice, burgers and fries. If you're looking for a place hang after work or to drink away a Saturday, this place is fun!
Its all go for winter at the magic roundabout! If you have been before you will know that this is an open top space situated on Old Street Roundabout. The venue has now been covered with a canopy to shelter you from the rain, allowing you to enjoys winter drinks with a side of Thai (other cuisines are available!) This place is great for starting your night off, and is easy too as its above the tube.
Have you ever though having drinks on a roundabout?!
The Magic Roundabout is one of these quirky and fun places we can find in Shoreditch area, It's litterally located on top of Old Street Station - and it's the perfect place for after work drinks and enjoy snacks from great street food vendors.
The Magic Roundabout is the epitome of “hidden gem”! It couldn’t be further from what you expect to find nestled away above a busy Central London underground station which dates back to the start of the 20th century - this imaginative use of space creates an oasis a far cry from the overcrowded, sweaty, claustrophobic inducing tube lines running below it! Escape the hustle and bustle and head up the glow-in-the-dark graffiti staircase to explore the little haven that awaits you, where you’ll find plenty of outdoor seating to bask in this suntrap or, if you are as unfortunate as we were with weather, shelter from the showers – but come rain or shine, it will always feel like summer here thanks to the fun and colourful décor that runs throughout combining a clash of exotic beachy scenes, bright Hindu gods, outer space galaxy effortlessly in murals on the walls with the welcome the addition greenery including artificial grass, flower garlands and potted plants, complete with fairy lights aplenty. The festival vibes this place gives off helps to create a brilliant atmosphere that takes you in immediately, and feels more like being abroad than in zone 1 of our capital.
Our Timeout Tastemaker event hosted here was sponsored by the Drinki app, which I urge you to download immediately!! Get the first drink on the house at tons of cool London bars (including TMR), no catches, I cannot recommend enough… use my referral code for a bonus free drink ZFRANCI1 – you’re welcome, enjoy :)
Who ever thought that you could build a cool area in the middle of a roundabout is an absolute genius.
The Magic Roundabout is a great place to enjoy top notch street food and drinks.
Ideal to go with a group of friends and enjoy the summer weather
Such a great little summer spot, in plain sight but also hidden - it's located right on the Old Street roundabout. Entry is through the station itself (making it super convenient to find and get to / from). Once you're inside it's like a magical wonderland of ethnic / summery decor, wall art and camouflage - completing masking that cars are seconds away from you. There's loads of little areas, and a good amount of food places and bars making it ideal for busy work evenings and weekends where queuing can get really tiring. In sunny weather it's a great spot, but I've also been in the rain and there's certain covered areas (which fill up quickly) and a handful of outdoor heaters.
Horrible treatment by manager last night after my friend got knocked over by staff in the toilet,when he bashed the toilet door in her face leaving us both covered in beer. Staff agreed to pay for the beer he knocked over and apologised , then incredibly rude manager came along and handled our complaint by chucking us out of the club after we both have paid entry and didn't do anything apart from complaining about the situation. He was disrespectful and didn't try to solve the situation by any means ,after my top was covered in beer. "He said if we don't like it we can go".Very unprofessional management and complaint handling skills, I'm definitely shocked by his attitude and rudeness. Never had such a negative experience on a night out.
Old Street is a great area. I found it really hard to find the Magic Roundabout, the entrance is hidden in Old Street station (a station like no other) and I actually walked straight past it. I went for a Time Out event and the weather wasn't great on that day but I think the Magic Roundabout is a fantastic hangout for a hot or warm day. It is bright and vibrant. There is a lot of seats to relax and chill out with friends. The drinks at the various bars are quite expensive and there is an annoying £10 minimum charge on cards.There is a DJ which is always a plus! You can use Drinki at the Magic Roundabout, download Drinki for access to exclusive offers and drinks on the house. The app also works at multiple venues, you find your nearest bar and show the screen to the bartender to get your Drinki.
If it wasn't for the too-many-exits situation after exiting Old Street tube station, I never would have stumbled upon this (some might argue) hidden gem. With the entrance opening in the underpass, if you're not looking you might just miss it - perhaps the doughnot shop right next door is too much of a distraction.
Once you ascend the colourful staircase though, you're blown away by the variety of colour and the instant buzz that hits you. Wodden benches and barrels, fake grass, vines and fairy lights hang from every corner; there's a lit up fountain and at least four - if not more - different seating areas, each of which has its own personality almost.
Beer prices are central London (expect to spend at least £10 on two drinks but lucky you, there's a £10 minimum charge on cards...) but food prices are very reasonable. Currently a selection of burgers and potato skins available, we went for some properly juicy burgers from Burger Bear, and the conclusion was they should have a sign warning you about the size of a single portion of chips. Because they're huge. For £10.50, you get a burger and chips easily, which you'll still be digesting the next morning.
The atmosphere though is what really makes the Magic Roundabout magic. What was clearly a grey, industrial space has been transformed into a perfect party spot, with live DJs and happenings throughout the week - but still giving you enough breathing space to be able to have proper conversations. Whatever your vibe, be it pre-drinking before hitting Shoreditch for some hardcore hipster night out, or finally being able to enjoy a somewhat cloudy but (it counts!) still summery day, this is the place to be. I can't praise the relaxed atmosphere enough - it's almost like being at a festival. Bang in the middle of the city.
A little piece of Wonderland hidden in the city. It was great to arrive from the busy tube station and find myself at a place in such contrast to the outside world. I loved the enchanted details.
Altough there is a dj booth (and the music adds to the nice atmosphere) there are not much space for dancing, so I think this place is more for after work/ before party drinks, more chilled get togethers when you want a location with good transport links, food and drinks variety (vegetarian and vegan options are available) and a little extra.
Why do us Aussies love love love the London life? Because of the wild, weird and wonderful things this city comes up with. So of course I was over the moon when I discovered there was a bar ON a roundabout!!!!! And even more pleased to find that it's a super epic place to enjoy on a sunny Lodon day.
From DJ to nooks and crannies to enjoy one of their ever refreshing beverages this place is FUN FUN FUN!
Grab the gang and get yourself here for a great session....entry is literally in the tube station- how awesome is that?!?!?
If you associate tube stops with hectic commutes, crowds and general everyday stress, Old Street underground might have just the cure for you. Accessible via an inconspicuous staircase tucked away in the underground station, you’ll find the Magic roundabout, a fun quirky outdoor bar (with a roof over your head for a rainy day). It’s far from anything fancy or out of the ordinary, but offers a relaxed atmosphere, a decent selection of drinks (think artisan coffee, craft beer and classic cocktails), the occasional DJ set, as well as a very fun diverse range of snacks. One of the highlights on this front: the so called loaded skins, a tasty snack that lives up to its description by the Magic roundabout: 'rich, fried buttery potato vessels loaded with endless flavour combinations that compliment craft beer, late nights and good times.’ Overall not a bad place to explore if you’re in the Old Street area.
Hidden gem, accessible from a stair inside Old Street Station- you'd never imagine there could be such a nice place inside the roundabout!!
Very relaxing and cosy, it's an open-air venue- best when the weather is warm and dry and not typically british and soggy!
Drinks are ok and not particularly expensive, so it's ideal for an after office pint in summer evenings! The raspberry cocktail was slightly too sugary but generally well done.
Food is the bad point to me. I haven't tried the burgers, but Skins' food's quiet average. The fried potato skins fillings were far too sludgy and fatty. Maybe I'm just not enough into this potato skin thing, but in my opinion they aim to do nice finger food with not such a great result.
Super nice venue though, recommended for summer drinks and chips! Great music as well!
The Magic Roundabout is definitely an awesome venue. I am not 100% sure how to describe it but let's try... First of all, it's located on the Old Street roundabout. You access the venue via the underground entrance.
Decoration wise, we're looking at a superb bohemian / young / colorful style and the vibe is brilliant. The staff are quite young and helpful. There are a lot of seats and tables that you can actually book in advance (which is great when the place gets busy).
The food is pretty exciting as well, made of very simple ingredients but arranged in quite an unusual way and truly tasty. I personally can't wait to go back to this place!!
This place has been on my list since it opened! A half open air/ sheltered bar planted right the the centre of a roundabout, and only a stumbles distance back to the tube...sounds perfect for every occasion to me. The best thing about it was the decor. One minute you'll be in America's Hampton's where the wisteria cascades across the pergola and the next you'll be in a super hipster industrial chic bar. It's all twists and turns and split levels which actually makes it a really cool place to wander around. The drinks and, equally, their prices aren't half bad! They even have food stalls dotted around in case the munchies hit!
Unfortunately I went on a rather miserable day, weather wise, and even under the sheltered bits of the bar, I still found myself getting rained on...it was all a bit leaky! This is one to visit on a dry summers day.
It still amazes me how so many people don't know about this place. Aptly named "The Magic Roundabout", it is the best use of any roundabout I have ever come across, around the world, in the history of everything! Someone a lot smarter than myself looked at this empty space on top of a tube station and thought, "hmmmm.... I can make it a magical destination" and that's exactly what they did.
Accessed through a not-so-secret entry from within the Old Street station, once you go up these stairs, you are transported to this psychedelic world of groovy art and disco tunes. There are a variety of drinks and food options and it is a great way to start a night or stay for the long haul on a sunny day. The best part? You don't have to go far to catch the tube home!
Cute and quirky venue - easy to walk by and miss it, but once you know it's there, it may very well become your favourite summer drinking spot.
Lovely food, quick service and a beautiful spot for a drink after work, with friends or even for a date. Really good prices for such a central location - definitely recommend it! ✌🏻
Such a cool venue, located right in the middle of old street roundabout!
I recently went to Magic Roundabout when I attended a Tastemaker event that had teamed up with Drinki and Loaded Skins. I was blown away with the venue, which has indoor and outdoor areas. What caught my eye were the walls, which were covered in groovy, colourful graffiti (great for Instagram pics). The Dj was playing chilled house music, which complemented the evening vibes and the loaded skins were so delicious! My fav were the mac&cheese skins.
A gem to Old Street, a venue that has great music, tasty cocktails and mouth watering street food stalls!
The Old Street roundabout has been under construction for awhile, so it’s been a long time coming. The major pro of this “rooftop” bar is that it’s half outdoor and half indoor so that you can be shielded from the rain (or sun, for those who are sun sensitive) when appropriate. If you’re looking for a place that can house your unruly friends, this is a good shout. However, not all of the food stalls are open all the time, so it would be best to check with the venue regarding their opening times if you’re keen for a feed as well.
Tip: be sure to check out their website for upcoming music events, and check with the venue for opening times of the food stalls. They also take bookings for large groups or private functions.
Good For: large groups, alfresco drinking, cheap and cheerful, something different, date night
Magic roundabout is one of those places that you have to read about, otherwise you would never stumble on it on your own, unless if Old Street is your daily go- to work station.It is like a magical oasis in the middle of Old Street roundabout and I think it’s brilliant. Cool wall art and loads of little corners to hang about, including garden like area with roof, that is useful on moody rainy days.
Grab some tasty street food – Burger from Burger Bear and Skins- which are these mouth-watering crispy potato skins filled with likes of mac and cheese, that also happen to be vegetarian.
I came to Roundabout again last night for Timeout’s Tastemakers event that teamed up with Drinki App and we were able to get free drinks. Downloading the app is definitely a must for all Londoners- free drinks and discounts all around London.
Can't wait to return for one of their day weekend parties with Dj-s, on sunny days must be incredible.
An interesting bar colourfully decorated with a 'beach party' vibe, it transports you to another place and reminded me of backpacking around Australia.
Accessed by a staircase in Old Street station. It was fun to find and explore.
Kiki style bathrooms, a sandy picnic table area, astroturfed bars and a centralised DJ make it easy to forget you're in the centre of a heavily trafficked, silicone roundabout.
Would be fun in the height of summer but definitely not on a washed out rainy day.
Ah so much potential but if it's pouring rain it's a bit miserable too... drinks could be a lot less sugary too. Highly recommended Loaded Skins though! It's 50/50 alfresco and good food choices. Need to go on a nice day...
I'm giving this place a four for potential, mostly because unfortunately the day I visited was typical of the British summertime - chucking it down in buckets - but I feel like, on a better day, it would have been a much better experience.
The Magic Roundabout is a trendy outdoor food market meets music festival vibe, and I can definitely see the appeal on a hot, sunny day - this is an ideal location for Friday night after work drinks.
Although there are some covered areas and outdoor heaters, it's not so ideal on colder and wet days.
I was impressed with the burger from Burger Bear, but be warned - it's messy! (Luckily some kitchen roll had been left on the table for sticky fingers!) We went for the Grizzly Burger which was a combination of a juicy patty with sweet bacon jam, balanced out perfectly with the strong flavour of the crispy double oak smoked bacon and lots of sauce.
Really cool place! Great location, standard drinks prices ( for the area), cool quirky decor. Worth a visit, but not somewhere that would become your local. Fun for some drinks on a night out and some fab photo ops for your insta ;).
I booked this bar for my boyfriend's surprise birthday and it couldn't have been more perfect. Located right in the heart of old street station, it's a unique venue that makes the most of the space of London's largest roundabout.
It's got a pop up vibe and is mostly outside so coats recommended in the winter. There's food available and drinks aren't as overpriced as places like Street feast.
Good music and a great place to spend a summers or winters evening!
Really cool place to have a drink and to take your friends wanting to see the cool places that Shoreditch has to offer. One tiny downside: the music is WAY too loud. It is fine when you are here to party but 7pm seemed a bit early to have the speakers playing at full blast.
By far my favorite bar in London. Perfect for after work drinks! The location is ideal - right underneath Old Street station. The venue itself has an awesome chilled vibe, with many different sections including an outside beach and undercover sofa/ bar area. The cocktails are also very tasty and not too expensive either. Definitely worth a visit!
A hidden oasis in a sea of concrete! The perfect place to decompress after work and get pumped for the weekend! Also loved the crazy Alice in Wonderland decorations that were up the last time I went!
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