The Magic Roundabout

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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. 

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The Magic Roundabout says
Located literally in the middle of Old Street Roundabout, and accessed via a secret staircase in the Tube station, The Magic Roundabout is London’s most unique and newest party space, offering award-winning street food, artisan coffee, beautiful cocktails and craft beers! As if that wasn’t enough, our DJs are plucked from some of London’s biggest clubs, and will be on the decks each evening, playing a superb mix of disco, house and groove.

500 capacity open air good times joint in the middle of Old Street Roundabout!

3 food joints, 4 bars, 1 mantra: FUN!
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Old St Roundabout
London
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Tastemaker

I'm pretty astounded that you can find a 'hidden gem' in the middle of Old Street,  but The Magic Roundabout might just be a new favourite of mine. Slap bang in the centre of the Old Street Roundabout, this outdoor haven is accessed from the tube  station so you don't even have to brave the weather. 


On arrival you'll find multiple bars, picnic style tables, spots of sunshine and shade, a fountain (hell, why not?), friendly staff and decent music. If you get peckish you can opt in for a burger or a bite from Loaded Skins (which are, as they sound, exactly that, and are scrumptious). 


I very much like the vibe in here. It's chilled and a bit gritty, not too polished. It feels like old-age Shoreditch before the area got turned into a large scale Essex night out. I'll be back for more for sure. Perfect spot for a sunny day and a great meeting place due to the closeness of the tube station. 



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tastemaker

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. 

tastemaker

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!


tastemaker

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.

tastemaker

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.  


Tastemaker

The Magic Roundabout is local to my office and it a great spot for after work drinks and lunch sometimes if the weather is sunny! White Men Can’t Jerk, Burger Bear, Skins are all there for all your jerk chicken, burger and potato needs and if you fancy anything else, you can order Deliveroo. It has a cool and relaxed atmosphere during the day and can be a bit of a suntrap! However, evenings, especially weekend nights can be extremely rammed and queues for the bar are VERY slow moving, I never want to spend my evening queuing for the bar. Not the place if you’re looking for a quiet drink with friends, but it might be better if you book a table. 

tastemaker

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 :)

Tastemaker

Who knew there is a bar slap bang in the middle of Old Street roundabout all this time? The entrance isn’t the easiest to find but look out for a sign just as you come out of Old Street station. Came here for a Drinki event and the venue was quirky and different, although I think this may be a better venue during sunnier warmer days. However even though it was chucking it down with rain at the time I visited, there are sheltered parts to escape being soaked and there is quite a bit of covered seating too. Good thing here there are a few little food stalls where you can purchase food too so you have variety to choose from. The drink selection is decent and reasonably priced too. Worth checking out if you’re looking for somewhere for food and drinks in the area.

Tastemaker

I've visited the Magic Roundabout a few times for various events and I have always had good times.


The Magic Roundabout is located in the middle of Old Street roundabout and can be accessed via the underpasses of the station. Once you climb the staircase, on the ceiling you will notice hanging daintily decorative embroidered parasols and disco balls. The rest of the venue is adorned with vibrant colours, murals, plants and flowers. Magic Roundabout is one of London’s hottest unique event spaces - it has multiple bars, picnic style benches, a Hoxton gin slushie machine, street food vendors complete with rain cover.


Tips: Download the ‘Drinki’ App to get a FREE drink and exclusive bar discounts. Also, check The Magic Roundabout site for a lowdown of up and coming events.


Eat: Loaded Skins - Particularly their Fleetwood Mac & Cheese - It is delicious. Alongside, Burger Bear - Ask for their Grizzly Bear and Angry Bear burgers to be combined.

Tastemaker

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

Tastemaker

The entrance is unusually located in Old Street station and the magic roundabout itself comprises of various food and drink stalls. Be prepared for steep prices - other than that, a fairly diverting way to spend an evening.

tastemaker

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.

tastemaker

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.

tastemaker

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.


Thumbs up!

tastemaker

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.

Tastemaker


If the words 'Magic Roundabout' counjor up mental images of Zebedee going 'boing', then you need to get up to speed and down with the kids. So if you weren't aware that there's a venue of the same name in the middle of Old Street's silicone roundabout then... well there is!

Most people are surprised when they first learn about this place, as they simply weren't expecting it. Having been to the opening a number of years back, I can vouch for the fact it's been there a number of years, and I have since been a number of times. It's predominantly a fair weather venue as it's mostly open to the elements, but there are a number of bars and covered areas and street food style vendors. Talking of the food, 'Skins' is the place to go, so named because of their topped potato skins and I'm a big fan of their Mexican variety. (Some of their offerings can be seen in the images below).The decor is best described as 'mystic graffiti', though is both well produced and also a little different. Despite not being secret it, it feels a bit secret and it's also well placed and well worth a visit for after work drinks and nibbles.


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?!?!?

tastemaker

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. 

tastemaker

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!


Tastemaker

This magical gem is literally located on a roundabout above Old Street station. This eat/drink/party spot transports you to a quirky wonderful world, decorated in a mix bag of inspirations from space exploration, to an eastern inspired dance floor area, complete with upside umbrella's. There are a number of different seating areas some covered and some open, it's a great space to explore and just get lost in, although it's not that big it could easily accommodate the after work/weekend crowds expected to drop by. It's a great 'something different' kinda place.

tastemaker

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!! 

tastemaker

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.

tastemaker

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!

tastemaker

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! ✌🏻

Tastemaker

I visited Magic Roundabout soon after it had opened. It was winter, so it was dark and cold, I remember I didn’t spend long time hanging around. It was good to be back, although a rainy Tuesday didn’t provide a much better background for the evening. It didn’t matter though as the Tastemakers meet ups are always lots of fun. It was great to meet so many new Tastemakers and see some familiar faces.


Now that I could properly see the space, it pretty much reminds me of Dinerama in Shoreditch which I am huge fan of. It’s bright, colourful with plenty of outdoors sitting spaces.You have a few bars and food stall to choose from. We had a chance to try Raspberry Haze cocktail (courtesy of Drinki App) which was delicious, but my highlight of the night was anything from Loaded Potato Skins. It was my first normal meal after four days on baby food following my wisdom tooth extraction and it tasted like heaven! I didn’t grow up in UK in the 80s, so I don’t associate the loaded potato skins with any nostalgic feelings. For me it was more of a discovery. Beet-It, with beetroot three ways beat it all for me. The chickpea fries were also totally new for me. A little bit bland on their own, but once dipped in romesco sauce, they were great! The cheese croquettes served with chilli jam were moreish. And the Fleetwood Mac & Cheese, as you can expect ultimately satisfying. 


If you’ve never been there, it may take a while to find the entrance in the busy, constantly evolving underground, but definitely worth searching for. 

tastemaker

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!

tastemaker

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

Tastemaker

The Magic Roundabout was such a nice surprise! I didn't know this place existed, and it's lovely, perfect for warm summer evenings. You access to it directly from within Old Street Station, and in just a few steps you're sent to a magical, colourful little hidden open air space, bustling with street food stalls, bars, and pretty corner to sit and have a drink.


Perfect burgers and unusual food like filled potato skins by "Skins" will brighten up your night and make your tastebuds very happy. Definitely a place to visit during the Summer in London!



tastemaker

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.
Tastemaker

I've been to this place twice now, once on a gloriously warm, sunny and bright Monday evening 2 weeks ago and again last night when the weather was utter cack. While the rain was total misery, it certainly didn't dampen our spirits as we enjoyed a free drink courtesy of the Drinki app (a must download for all Londoners) under cover in the glorious festival style garden, complete with flowers, a water fountain and our own bar for the evening!


To feed us for the evening, we were supplied with delights from the team at Loaded Skins, a street food vendor in residency at The Magic Roundabout who spoilt us with the most delicious potato skins packed full with amazing fillings - the Mac n Cheese was probably my favourite, but I also loved the beetroot and cream cheese ones too which were cooling and crunchy.


I know that when the weather is fine and glorious (like it absolutely bloody typically is today) this is a wonderful sun trapped venue that is perfect for spending an evening with plenty of drinks and food options to enjoy. Perhaps this won't be your first venue of choice on a miserable rainy day but they literally have you covered if it is, so no worries there!

tastemaker

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.

Tastemaker

Just when you think you haven’t seen all of the hidden gems of London, you are coming out of Old Street and hear some music from above.An underground station is not very often the place to find a massive outdoor bar but Magic Roundabout offers exactly that.With more than one bar (to ensure you won’t be queueing forever) and an amazing Potato Skins and Burger bar as well, this is the place to show your friends who think they have seen everything.It is such a large and colourful space that caters for both the rain and the sunshine.One of the great bars that offers an array of drinks and if you are planning on going there, download the Drinki app and you can bag yourself a free drink too!


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...

tastemaker

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. 


Delicious!

tastemaker

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 ;).

Tastemaker

The Magic Roundabout as a whole is a fun, unique venue with quirky artwork and in an ample location: Old Street Station.


House music and the open rooftop with the sites of London's urban skyline remind you that you're literally on a roundabout. 


A very novel idea and a one time visit is enough.



BURGER BEAR review: 
Unfortunately as the Magic Roundabout affiliate with Burger Bear, the whole rating has been marked down. 

I received quite possibly the worst service of my life at the Burger Bear. Quite disappointingly, they were the only food stall open on the Tuesday evening I went on. I waited at the stall to be served, to be ignored for a minute while the two staff were seemingly not very busy. Finally, I was served in a rushed manner and treated like an inconvenience, despite there being no customers around waiting. I ordered a Koala burger and told to pay at the ridiculously high counter (at 5'4, I had to tiptoe to see). A slip of paper with 'K' and 1 circled was thrown down and I was told to wait until my number was called out. (This was quite shocking, as considering there were no other customers, I thought perhaps they could have brought the burger over?)

10 minutes later, I went over to the counter to be completely ignored by the staff who were scrambling around to tend to what seemed like 5 burgers cooking. After several visits (I was seated with friends a while away, so had to keep checking back and forth), the staff finally let a couple beside me know there was a big order waiting and if they could wait a few minutes just to order.


Once their order had been taken, I was still not acknowledged. I asked how long it would be and they said '3-4 minutes'. I bit my tongue and sat back down. Then I was beckoned over by one of them. I went over and he started to count down with his hands and verbally down from 10. I was appalled this was the manner in which he was approaching the situation. After a heated exchanged, where I told him he was patronising and he denied this, as well as denying poor customer service (this exchange took 2 minutes, so in fact, his 10-second countdown was completely invalid and uncalled for.)

He apologised however, he kept arguing his customer service was not poor as he was the manager. He then told me he would come over to see me after I had eaten. Yet another time Burger Bear was disappointing: after 1 hour after my burger was finished, he still had not been over.


So aggravating and due to the experience of ordering and waiting, the burger was not worth the £7 I paid and certainly tarnished my visit. 


As my experience was so bad, my 4 other friends decided to leave The Magic Roundabout and not be forced to withstand the Burger Bear experience. Truly an awful service, so shameful.

Tastemaker

Having been here in both summer and winter I have to say that Magic Roundabout is not a winner for me. The interesting space makes you feel like you're part of something exclusive but the porta-potty style restrooms and the subpar bar service make you wish you were somewhere other than the middle of a roundabout.


The games area is a lot of fun (giant jenga, yes please), the security is nice and the food ain't half bad but there's just too much 5 star competition in Shoreditch for Magic Roundabout to be considered a good night out. 

tastemaker

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!

tastemaker

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.

Staff Writer

Nestled very nicely above Old Street station, this is the secret bar that's really not a secret anymore. The new Xmas set up is pretty special, and there's always a good crowd down there. So many options for food and drink as well, definitely worth a visit if you haven't been already!

Tastemaker

Awesome venue in London that is generally on the quiet side compared to other comparable sites like Hawker House etc. They've relaunched for Winter with some sweet psychadelic colours, a variety of bars and food available and plenty of space/tables for groups both small and large to mingle and relax in the venue. 


Only thing I'd say is that the food option here is sort of limited. It's either super meat heavy with focus on White Men Can't Jerk and Burger Bear, or the vegan option from FFS Vegan which IS great, but then is again, all burgers. One more food stall (possibly a dessert option) would round it out and be incredible! 


Make a booking for a table if you can as it's just much easier for groups!

tastemaker

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!

Tastemaker

An awesome find! A bar with entry in the tube station that leads in to the middle of the roundabout - whaaaat? And it's outside - ehhhh? An awesome buzz, with plenty of bars, drinks and some food. Loads of different areas with benches and sofas. Love it and can't wait to make the most of it during the summer!

Tastemaker

You could easily miss this bar, on top of the Old St roundabout, accessible from a small doorway within the station. It's spacious and well-covered (important as the cold, wet nights creep in) with lots of different areas to sit in. It seems to still be fairly under the radar meaning it's not as jam-packed as similar venues. There is food by Burger Bear, served out of a shipping container, as well as a range of DJs and nights on. Well worth stopping by!