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Time Out says

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.

There’s a lot of choice when it comes to the food, with the focus on a range of set menus for groups, alongside a great-looking brunch menu (and yes, you can go bottomless). There’s a pan-Asian bent to the cooking, with dishes such as chicken shui mai, a coconut green curry with aubergine and lychee, and pickled ginger miso salmon served with daikon, red amaranth and blackened lime. 

The drinks list goes big on signature cocktails (we like the look of the Kitzune, made with Umeshu Umelishus plum sake, Amaro Averna and Circus’s own melon wine) but keep an eye out for an excellent selection of sake – categorised expertly for those who might need a guiding hand. Drinks packages are also available for groups.

It gets quite clubby at weekends with regular DJs and, more often than not, dancing on the tables. A lot of fun.


27-29 Endell Street
Tube: Covent Garden tube
Opening hours:
Thu 7pm - 12am Friday 6.30pm - 1am Saturday Brunch 12pm-5pm // 6.30pm-1.30am We will be reopening on 20th May in line with government restrictions.
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