A longstanding circus-themed restaurant and bar in Covent Garden
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.
The food is pan-Asian, with dishes ranging from sushi and sashimi, dim sum, tempura and som tam salads to mains of miso black cod, baby chicken with white miso, truffle, lotus root, spinach and teriyaki, and Chilean sea bass with chilli, black bean, shaoxing wine, garlic and ginger. Desserts travel further afield – think churros with vanillia poached peach, or a chocolate and caramel fondant.
The drinks list delivers classic cocktails with a twist: bellinis made with blood peaches, margaritas made with hibiscus juice and agave nectar. It gets quite clubby at weekends with regular DJs and, more often than not, dancing on the tables.
The restaurant and bar attracts those in search of fine-dining, cocktails and exhilarating bursts of entertainment. Perfect for a much needed martini after work or a full soirée, diving into our specially designed sharing menu.
Our highly popular pan-Asian menu is created by executive chef Andrew Lassetter. Favourites include the black Angus fillet or the lobster tempura.
The venue becomes buzzy late weekend evenings when the DJs take you dancing into the small hours.
An evening at Circus will take you from drinks, to dining, to dancing on the table, all with a touch of cabaret and circus. Not a normal night in London!
27-29 Endell Street
|Opening hours:||Open 6pm-midnight Tue,Wed; 6pm-1am Thur; 6pm-2am Fri,Sat. Food served 6pm-10.30pm Tues-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Covent Garden tube|
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Good food and cocktails. As the spec says: the draw here is the entertainment to give you a dining experience that's a little different to the norm. You'll get a mix of different performances running periodically through the evening that are a mix of fun antics and circus-style acrobatics. Definitely heading towards the pricier end of the scale given all the visual accoutrements of the meal, but worth it for something a bit different.
Great atmosphere, food, staff and entertainment. Couldn't ask for anything more from a venue, highly recommended.
Great Service, Great Entertainment, Delicious Food. We had a great night out here and will most definitely be returning.
Circus consistantly delivers a food and entertainment experienced that when combined together is unmatched in London. No other venue maintains such a high standard in food in an environment that is electric with excitement. The recent revamp has freshened up the venue and with subtle but inspired changes to the menu (foie gras beef dumplings and the cod dumplings in particular - wow) keeps Circus at the forefront of my mind when needing to take clients or friends for dinner. The service is also very friendly and efficient without being snooty or any signs of obnoxiousness. Great work Circus...
Without doubt one of London's truly interesting venues. Top class food combined with a hugely original approach......circus acts on the main table while you eat. Outstanding!
Had a great evening here last night. The venue looks different to the picture above, the waitress told me they'd just had a refurb and expanded in size, but the different pockets of spaces they've created still retain its intamacy.
The food was AMAZING- and the fact that proseco is listed under starters (as a part time alcoholic) assured me I had definitely picked the right place! It's Asain dishes of varying sizes so you can choose to have a main dish- I had white miso and truffle baby chicken, which is one of the best main courses I've ever experienced in london- or there are a huge variety of smaller plates- I recommend the beef and foie gras gozya!
The only thing better than the food was the entertainment- with a range of acts coming on every 30 minutes or so you could easily spend a whole night here sipping cocktails and enjoying the topless gynasts complete with abs you could grate cheese on!
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!
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.
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.
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