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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.

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Circus says
Circus is a beautiful collision of cabaret restaurant and cocktail bar nestled in the heart of Covent Garden.

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!
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Venue name: Circus
Address: 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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4.5 / 5

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Circus is my go to place for a special occasion. I have been here for a birthday and an anniversary and both times have been so memorable. 

Firstly, the atmosphere is lovely. Very classy, underground modern vibe with most tables all having a great view of the long table where the performances take place. 

The acts you will see are so varied, I have seen fire acts, tango dancing, aerial hoops, burlesque, magic and the best diablo spinning I have ever seen. They usually take place every 15- 30 minutes with the lights dimming to let you know it will begin. One piece of advice, try and turn up early. You can have a drink at the bar and depending what time you get there you could see three more acts. 

Now the food, all pan asian and all delicious. The standout for me was the rack of lamb, portions are small and you will get things as and when they are ready. 

The night out will be expensive, but if you are prepared for this you will leave satisfied and with great memories. 


Came for a couple of cocktails on a saturday night. Very very fun place to come to. We watched one of the circus acts at 10pm which kept us entertained. The staff are also ones to watch with their quirky personalities and outfits! Will definately be coming back here for the dinner experience.


This place is excellent. We sat at the table which also acted as the stage, it was incredible. Not only are the performers amazing the food was delicious, I had the black angus fillet  and it was on point. This is a must go at least once. Dinner, drinks and entertainment was £70 but well worth it, a night out to remember.


£75 for dinner and a glass of Prosecco? I wasn't too happy that a pal had suggested this place for her birthday as I had frequented this place about 5 years prior however I put my grumpy self away and got out my best showbiz face. 

They have two sittings; one beginning about 1845 and the next one about 2100. Between each course there is a circus act and boy you will not be disappointed. It's not like its the rejects of Gerry's travelling circus. The acts are all so professional and I was pleased to see they mix up the acts from the first and second sittings. 

The food itself is good quality but a bit steep for £75 however you have to remind yourself youre paying for the entertainment too. The food is pan asian and a sharing menu. It's well done and the duck salad was delicious. 

If you have a relatively big party this is the best place to sit because the table is also the stage! 


This is no normal dinner place, this beautiful high-end west end restaurant, but with the elements of the Southbank festival of entertainment. 

Not the easiest to spot at night except for a bouncer/bodyguard on the door, giving it even more of an exclusive edge. The decor is very "romantic" with all seats facing the main stage, with is also a table if you would like to book it and be right in the show. The whole vibe of the place feels like a show, the waiting staff have the timing dow to a tee, with food only being served between acts. 

The food is an Asian fusion variety with curries and dim sum, the menu gives a clear allergy indication which is always a plus in my celiac eyes. the food is pricey, £21 for a curry and rice, but considering you don't pay entrance, the entertainment needs to be covered somewhere. Very good food, and great cocktails. 

For special occasions or even a different kind of date night, this is defiantly I go to place.  Note: they do not allow hen or stag parties. 

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.


I've been here 3 times in the last few years and I've never been disappointed.

This is obviously a theme restaurant but in my opinion both the 'gimmick' and the food are really enjoyable.

The menu is not extensive but it is well done. Both the rare beef salad and soft shell crab salad were a delicious combination of flavours. The red pepper lamb chops and black Angus on the rocks were equally delicious. The rice and vegetables as sides were underwhelming but it did allow the full flavour of the main course to come through. Deserts can easily be shared, even I can't get through 4 caramel covered churros after 2 courses, delicious as they are and there was no room tto try any of thr chocular fondant. Everything is washed down with a great cocktail list.

The circus acts are in a similar vein, there's not a lot of variety-rings, straps, fire, but all acts are amazing and make you wish you weren't stuffing your face as your wAtcham amaxing feats of acrobatics. The acts generally average 2 an hour so you'll see 4 during your 2 hour seating time. My last visit was on a Tuesday so we overstayed our slot with no issue but I imagine they are more strict at the weekend.

I think Circus is great and I will probably be back again but only for a special occasion because it is very expensive, although I personallythink it's worth it.


What a unique, crazy venue! The food is incredible (although I must warn you, not the cheapest - I visited with a voucher, otherwise it would've been too expensive to afford on my budget). The best thing about this place, though, is the various amazing circus and cabaret acts that perform while you're eating, making for a one-of-a-kind experience.


The food was fantastic, show show was great and atmosphere amazing! We were really impressed, I went there for my sisters birthday and she loved it too! Highly recommend, it wasn't the cheapest of places, well worth it thou!


I was swept up in the hype surrounding this restaurant and booked a table, 2 months in advance. It wasn’t overly difficult to find the restaurant but it isn’t very conspicuous (we did have to ask the doorman if it was the place!)

The staff were very pleasant and accommodating, attentive to our needs and the waiter helped us choose a nice sake.

We saw 3 performances, which were every 20 minutes, lasting about 5 minutes. They were pretty great, especially if you’re lucky enough to be seated at the head table!

The general mood of the restaurant was quite relaxed, it was quite dimly light and at one point I couldn’t really make out what I was eating.

Which would’ve mattered had the food been what I was expecting, given all the hype. Unfortunately, the price you pay is more for the performances than the food. Firstly, if you have even numbers, I would recommend that half of the diners order a starter & main and the other half a main & dessert as I don’t think you would need more than one starter between two people.

We had the Seared Salmon Maki Roll, Chicken Truffle Shumai, Black Cod Tempura & Blow Torched Wagyu Beef Nigiri to start, the latter 2 of which were the clear winners.

For our mains, we had the White Miso & Truffle Baby Chicken, Salmon Salad (which was the best out of the 3) and the Chipotle Chilli Lamp Chops. Overall, the food wasn’t mind blowing or tantalisingly tasty. The presentation was nice, the ingredients were of a high standard but they just didn’t come together in the execution and taste. At nearly £90.00 a head, you could go for a Michelin star meal elsewhere and spend an extra £20.00 to go see a circus show afterwards! It’s fine for a onetime “I went there” experience but that’s all, probably not worth the 2 month wait, glad I tried it though.


Circus is a weird and intriguing collision of cabaret entertainment, restaurant and cocktail bar smack bang in the centre of Covent Garden!

Venturing their on a work Christmas dinner, in the middle of the afternoon, I was immersed, in true Alice in Wonderland style, through the glass doors and treated to jugglers, musicians, artists and dance to keep you entertained between meals! The menu is Pan-Asian fusion , offering the best of British and an Asian twist. When it works, the flavours are outstanding and very unique adding to the exceptional ‘out there’ experience of the restaurant! When it doesn’t work, some of the food can be bland and confusing! 

What is so nice about the menu is that it is a mixture of sharing banquet style as well as individual dishes. It helped my party share and express what they liked and did not like against the backdrop of our own pre ordered drinks mini bar! It all helped add to the party atmosphere .

For starters the table shared Duck & Watermelon Salad with cashew nuts, spring onion, coriander & mint. It was light and refreshing and similar tasting to a Pad Thai but felt a lot lighter, good for a starter and the duck gave it an exciting twist! Starters also included chicken skewers, selection of dim sum and my highlight was the Prawn ball! The ball was Circus’ take on the classic Prawn Toast – a small rolled fresh cooked prawn mix wrapped in crispy  batter and sesame seeds – it was sweet and savoury and juicy ! Absolutely yummy!!

Mains were hit and miss! I admit complete food envy over some of my colleagues’ choice to have Duck Thai Red Curry – it looked gorgeous, smelt so wonderful and really inviting! I had the Scottish Black Angus Fillet Steak with Shiitake & caramelised butter soy beautifully presented on an individual plate for me with béarnaise sauce . The table shared sides of Baby Bok Choy dressed with soy, ginger & garlic, Smoked Aubergine with white miso, palm sugar & chipotle chilli  and steamed Rice with toasted sesame seeds. As a complete plate, whilst the sides were individually delicious – together my main felt bland and dry in comparison to the bursting and unique flavours of my starter. The steak was quite tough too! Still enjoyable to eat, but some confused flavours – pak choi and béarnaise sauce? Oh well, Alice didn’t have an easy time in Winter Wonderland either and it was fun to try these different flavours after all!

Circus completely surpassed my expectations with a fabulous dessert! Again we all shared the dessert and fun to watch everyone nodding in agreement, eyes wide with contentment and the yummy flavours and trying to communicate whilst scoffing! My dentist will be unhappy to hear I ate 4 plates :S We had Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with  Passion fruit & ginger cream, topped with an Amaretto Soaked Blueberry alongside a crispy vanilla profiterole and complimented by a dark chocolate truffle tart. Absolutely spot on flavours, some I was used to –like the tart but perfectly executed and some new exciting flavours that left me wanting more – and I gave in. EVERY TIME! (the ginger essence in the cake with the wonderful touch of blueberry!)  served in a fun and classy bento box!

The entertainment was fun, the atmosphere was playful yet classy as well as the food! The drinks were exceptionally well crafted and the shots after our meal left me leaving wonderland with some new experiences of taste and a new found love of daiquiri’s!

I recommend circus for a party of any occasion!

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!

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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!!!

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.

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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