Just went to the bar, for quite expensive drinks I may add, just so we can watch the performers come out every 30 minutes. That was worth the price of those beverages.
It was quite entertaining.
From glancing at the menu, I would save yourself some money and just come here for a cocktail or two, nothing looked too appetizing, especially if you are vegetarian.
Celebrated my birthday here at Circus as I wanted to do something different and fun! I've been wanting to come here for aaaaages and was so excited! Was left rather disappointed, and will not be recommending this to friends and colleagues.
There were 15 of us and we went for the main table - so had to take the 'Sharing Menu' at £60 per person + 12.5% service.
Booking was relatively straightforward. A £15 per person deposit is required to secure booking, and staff were polite and helpful.
Portions were very SMALL so don't come expecting a full meal, and whatever you do don't come hungry. I did worry that the portions were not going to be enough for some of the lads in the group and despite reassurance from the restaurant and people who have been before, my worries came true.
Quality of the food was average to good, but DEFINITELY NOT "Michelin worthy" as stated on their website.
I wasn't impressed when dessert came - they were served in tacky looking plastic bowls!
The shows themselves were fairly good, although I have seen better. Each act was a few minutes long and spaced out between courses. Was pretty good cos you can eat and chat to friends in between the acts.
After the watershed the acts got more saucy - expect the same acts but with more boobs/pecs on show!
This is NOT a place to come for dinner. And certainly NOT a place to come if you're hungry. Come here for drinks and a few nibbles - make sure you reserve a table though as the bar area is small.
All in all, I feel rather hard done by as I had an entirely different evening to most other reviewers (on Yelp and elsewhere) I've read.
I would not even recommend this place if my boss/clients were paying.
Went here last night for a work dinner and it far exceeded my expectations. I must admit, I love indulgent gimmickry. I live for drag queens and contortionists and fire swallowers. This place had me at hello.
I think it's important to mention here that I didn't pay for the dinner. Dinner was pretty expensive, as due to the size of our party, we had to order the sharing menu at £50 per person. There was lots to choose from including steak, salmon and curry. All was exceptional, particularly the Scottish black Angus fillet steak. Just incredible. Probably not worth £50 per person, but again, corporate AmEx.
The price of the food is irrelevant when you have a topless fire eater dancing across your table. Trust me on this one. If androgynous acrobats and meretricious show girls are your thing (like they are mine!), then you are in for a treat! The performers are yummier than the mousse if you come in with an open mind and dump cocktails all over it.
Speaking of cocktails... My GOD they do amazing cocktails. The bartenders are impressive (and not just their looks!) and their cocktail list is eclectic. If ever there was a need to even refer to someone as a 'mixologist', it may be these guys. I ordered the kumquat & almond caipirinha with dinner. Very delicious and beautifully served. I also had the G and Tea, but that was very late in the evening and after several glasses of wine, so I cannot remember all the ingredients of that beverage. What I do remember, and maybe most importantly, is that it was mixed in a Hendricks teapot and served in a matching teacup and saucer.
This place is a great place to go for very expensive and equally delicious cocktails and a show. It's also a great place for a date, work do (if your colleagues are open minded) or a hen party. Circus is just great. We had a fantastic time. Next time I have fun guests in town, I'll bring them here. Maybe I'll skip the dinner and go straight to the cocktails when I'm picking up the bill myself .
I had very low food expectations. I thought it was going to be TGIFriday quality food with a bunch of lights and glitzy entertainment. Firstly, I walked straight past this place - and wasn't sure how to enter the door! It didn't look like a door and made me think whether I needed to go around to another entrance.
I went for a hen do but our party wasn't big enough to get the stage table... which was probably a good thing. The entertainment was remarkably good - not very frequent but thought that was good because you can sort of eat in peace and it is timed in between courses. I ordered the crispy squid which was quite good and the josper red pepper lamb and it was surprisely good. A little on the salty side so I'd recommend a side of rice if that's your thing.
Cocktails - I thought they were gross. I love a good cocktail but that honey mojito thing reminded me of medicine. At times like that I think perhaps I don't have the right palate for it.
It is a fun night out - but be warned that it is quite expensive esp if you order a lot of their nasty cocktails. I might go back for a drink one night but will stick to wine or beer!
I decided to celebrate my birthday at Circus restaurant as I believed it would offer something different, new, and exciting. So I reserved 23 seats for a birthday dinner on a Thursday night.
The restaurant was quite difficult to find as there was no obvious sign - just a black door, a bouncer, and a small A4 sized sign that stood on a stand on the side. On entry, the staff did make an effort to impress but the size of the restaurant failed to do so. It was much smaller than I thought it'd be but the decor was appealing, with a funky and futuristic edge.
I was highly disappointed to find that they had cramped us on across two separate tables. It was a very tight squeeze indeed! I was also disappointed to find that parties with 9+ guests had to resort to a 'sharing menu', of which we were served a selection of food in proportion to the amount of guests there were. I wasn't warned of this beforehand and so my guests and I had no real choice in what to eat. This was frustrating because first of all, the food we received was not worth £40, and secondly and my friend who is allergic to nuts couldn't eat the majority of the food because nuts were sprinkled on practically everything!!! She had to pretty much starve on my birthday!
Other unfortunate points of the night were that I couldn't bring my own birthday cake, my table didn't receive some platters that the other table did, and the cost of the drinks were outrageous! Furthermore, the service was quite slow and scarce, which made the night drag on. The cherry on top was the large discrepancy in the bill, which was later found to be at their fault and was resolved by closing time.
Luckily, though these matters were highly frustrating, I didn't allow it to get to me much as I was only too concerned with having a good night. Fortunately, the performances were entertaining, and there was a nice lively atmosphere in the air. We also received a glass of champagne with our meal (which is always a good thing)!
For those who wish to dine here, I'd suggest it is more ideal for smaller groups (with a lot more money in their pockets) who are looking for a different and exciting dining experience.
The concept is sweet - short circus acts while you eat.
The "so-hard-to find-that-it-must-be-cool place" is sleek - black and white furniture, spacey geometry, sexy silver Tom Dixon boulles all over.
But, you don't go London for Cajun delights, so the food lacks in southern-goodness, and it don't come cheap.
It's also cazy so loud, whether a show is taking place or not. This is a place to come with people you don't want to talk to.
Though it's hard to complain when I watched a half-naked man stand on his hands and juggle fire with his feet....
Sorry, I just love this place. I've been three times and it's always great. I can't speak to the relative value for the money, as I am always going for work and I can expense every last pound. Where to begin? Well ... the food, I guess. It's all pretty good. I appreciate the indication of gluten, though I will say, the first time I went, when there was a "G" on the menu item, that meant it was gluten free. Then, the next time, the "G" meant that the item contained gluten. Uhhh ... I almost ordered a bunch of food I couldn't eat. Thankfully I am not an idiot and I know what I am not able to consume. Still. That's weird. It'd be like deciding to one day change the side of the roads that you drive on. You know ... to match the rest of the world that wasn't colonized by Britain.
Anyways. Kumquat caipirinha is very good. Wine list is decent, too. Service is alright. Once, I think our server was on coke. She was seriously ugly, too. But. Who cares.
The show! Alright. I'm gonna say it. Watching the act with the ripped dude swinging around on chains to some dark rock music ... that's about as close as I have come to wondering if I was meant to play for the other team. Seriously impressive stuff.
Tip: if you aren't paying attention to your street numbers, you could very well walk by this place. So innocuous.
Lastly: cool bathroom sink. Yup.
So, I rocked up here with half of my office for a party a few weeks back. My first impression was somewhat clouded as our taxi was descended on by a man in stilts, who pretended to 'chase' us and pretty much scared the living daylights out of everyone inside. The other costumed entertainers weren't much better, attempting to be funny by abusing people in the queue but actually just coming off as offensive.
Once inside, much better! It's a nice venue. Not a huge one, but great for say 250 -300? I have no idea what the maximum capacity is, but any more than that and we would have felt crushed.
It's hard to judge the drinks, as a couple of the cocktails were put on especially for the corporate party we were attending. All I can say is that they were awfully strong! However, even with the crowd, the staff coped very well and we weren't waiting for long. Every one of my drinks was served with a smile, even taking my weird fresh lime vs. lime cordial OCD (the latter is too sweet, bleurgh).
The bathrooms were an endless source of comedy for me. One, if you can find them straight off without asking, I congratulate you. As I said, it's not a huge place - so this says a lot.
Then, you realise that the door leads you into a central 'sink' area, for which there are no taps, just a motion activated waterfall that pours water from a column that drops down from the ceiling. The immediate realisation that people have no idea how to turn on the water at first is slightly distracting from the off.
The next hurdle is working out which door was the ladies, and which was gents. Luckily, no one was about to see me cautiously push open the door of the boys' room then sneak back to the other side of the foyer in five inch heels (hardly inconspicuous).
Oh, and I saw FOUR girls almost take a fall by slipping on the water that started accumulating on the floor. Central 'sink', and dryers on the outside walls = water on the floor. Be careful.
Though as I said, I wasn't too charmed by the circus performers' attempts at interaction outside, while they were performing - it was very cool. There were Marie-Antoinette inspired outfits, girls eating fire, burlesque dancers, boys with hula hoops. The whole nine yards. Perfect for a party.
Would I go back? Probably not. Would I hold my event there? I don't think so. Would I look at an invite to go there and consider it in the future? Yes I would.
I always hated the circus as a kid...the clowns, the smelly animals, the clowns, the stupid shows, the clowns...I digress...Circus was NOTHING like that trauma!!
Heard about this place by some sketchy means so booked a table for me & my friends to see the show & have some food. At the time of my visit, Circus was a fairly new opening in London...but well worth it indeed!!!
From the easy booking by Lucy B. (fabulous), to the food - a nod to the Cajun/Southern delights of the USA and the amazing performances; this place should be on your list of venues to visit in London.
We dined on so many scrummy treats I can't remember them all but the corned bread and Cajun prawns stick out in my mind...as does the Cherry Martini, woo hoo!! Everything was fresh & cooked very well.
The servers were attentive and helpful to some in my group who were not so clued up on the menu choices. Tables could be spaced more as some were quite snug in areas. The 'Top Table' accommodates about 20 I think, and is where the performances take place (minus your food on the table of course). My table was just next to it & we had a perfectly non-obstructed view of the action.
The first performance was a lovely lady engaging in some risqué fire play. That was followed by an aerial act and these alternated for the duration of the evening (about 3-4 performances in total). Each was highly entertaining. Lots of oohs and aahs from the customers. Pictures are permitted but NO FLASHES as you could blind one of the performers and heaven knows we don't want to see the damage that could cause.
If you haven't been to the Circus, get down there for the high wire fun...and to my delight, not a clown in sight.
(Review of Bar Scene)
Serious mixology in practice here - Bartenders really know their stuff!
After entering through a non-descript street entrance, you can let the front desk know you'd like to go to the bar if you're not there for dinner and they will lead you into the scene...
This is a place that you have to check out yourself to get the full effect -- Designer did an amazing job, kinda has a Cirque du Soleil type of feel. Not the circus of your childhood that's for sure -- no dumbo and peanuts - and thankfully no scary clowns when I was there (I hate clowns, they creep me out!).
Bar is located in the back with a view of the periodic entertainment - misc performers including cabaret style dancers and acrobats. They have a unique selection of signature cocktails and excellent bartenders who will nail any drink you ask for.
This is the place to go to for a proper drink and check out something fun- don't take the place too seriously - just enjoy!
Note: I've only been to check out the bar, so this review is only based on my experience at the bar. I can't comment on how good/bad the food is. But, I can say that it's really loud in there and hard to probably hear people talking in the main dining area - unless, you don't want to talk to your dinner date *eep*.
Enter through the subtly unmarked black doors into an Alice in wonderland venue.
Hoops hang from the ceiling and the table's have stairs for the acrobatic.
I cannot comment on the food at this venue, but the cocktails are superb, if not on the pricey side.
This is a wonderful venue, highly detailed, opulent and stylish.
The bathrooms need a visit, although I could see how you may get confused as to which to use and how to wash your hands as the signs that indicate how to do this are very subtle.
I would recommend this venue alone for the decor and atmosphere, being a big cocktail drinker, this is perfect for a laid back slurp, although beware that they add service charges to all transactions.
This place has gotten a mixed reviews. I've never done this type of cabaret dining before but I enjoyed it. It was a little gimmicky but its made for a fun night out.
So let's start with the atmosphere. It was very flashy. I think Mariah B descried it well by saying it was sequinned. However, I think it worked for the whole dining experience.
Next is the food. I though the food was OK. It was kinda of weird to see a bunch of Southern Comfort food dishes on the menu. The slow cooked ribs were tasty and so was the pork belly but I'd avoid the crab cakes. The apps weren't a winner for me.
The best part about dinner was the performances. The two ring gymnasts were great to watch live and the "glass ball guy" was a trip! He was my favourite act. We watched three acts over the course of our dinner. I don't know if they purposely slow down the service for the acts, but it was a long dinner.
Overall I enjoyed myself. Admittedly, I haven't been to any other cabaret dining places but I'll make sure to try a couple more.
I haven't written a review in a couple months, but this place inspired me ... to bash it! Never have I had an overall worse dining experience than at this place on Saturday night.
Firstly, they lure you in with their mysterious website, offering surprise performances every night ... little did we know that the "performance" was one girl who did two 3-minute long acrobatic moves on a hanging ring (sounds cool, perhaps, but two 3-minute routines over the course of a few hours!!??) and then a guy who ran around the room with glowing balls for a couple minutes. I am not kidding, a pathetic juggling attempt perhaps?. Were they trying to do comedy? It was painful really.
Then, the food. Where do I begin. Ok, here: Southern Comfort Food? At a cabaret in LONDON??? HAVE YOU BEEN TO LOUISIANA? Apparently not due to the fact that they butchered everything on the menu, everything, even the boodly crisps, in fact, the ketchup was bad! Don't ask my why I ordered the tuna tartar, but I had a bite and almost booted. (I later grabbed a bite at Hospital across the street, a smart choice). So I moved on to the drinks. Another very underwhelming point. Too small portions, not good, and too pricey to get me wasted, especially as they come 30 minutes after you order. Boo. [if you do go there, for any reason I don't know, order your drinks in threes, trust me]
On top of all that, the space is ... just wrong. Even for the 9 minutes of performance, total all night, if you are not in the main room, you can't see a freakin thing! The ceilings are too low and there are massive columns obstructing any sort of view. However, I did have a view of the leaking ceiling, a seriously leaking ceiling, a view of what was basically a faucet in the middle of the dining room, all cracked and spewing, grossss. Patrons carefully avoided it and pretended it wasn't there and casually proceeded on with their night. HELLO, THE CEILING IS ABOUT TO CAVE IN ON YOU WITH TOILET WATER, THIS IS NOT A COOL PLACE TO STAND AND MAKE FRIENDS.
And the service, poor, poor people. You messed up my main order, and my drink order, which took 30 minutes to come anyway. Then you charged me twice for my main and added on a mysterious drink to the bill. After kindly asking you to take it off, you ran away for another 35 minutes until I have to approach you at another table for my god damned bill because I needed to get the hell outta that place, NOW. We couldn't have escaped faster.
Ugh, I still get queesy when I think about it.
I have no idea what the stage (and by stage I mean table) shows and the food are like at this restaurant. I arrived just before midnight when the acrobatics were over. But ... I can say that my late night stopover here was an absolute hoot.
Fitting squarely into the "so bad it's good" category of things to do, I was "impressed" with the DJ's selections of cheesy 80s music, the Dallas-esque garb of many of the ladies on hand and most especially the fact that you're allowed to dance on the tables. Well, one specifically designed table with steps on either side of its length, that is.
Cocktails are de rigueur here (around ten quid a pop) but there's a decent selection of beers (I had Staropramen) at reasonable prices.
I'd go back just for the laughs. I'm mildly curious about the dinnertime preformances here as well.
I came here for a complimentary taster lunch. It comprised a beef and mango salad, seafood tempura and a cheese and sweetcorn pastry. Everything was fresh, tasty and well presented.
The restaurant is easy to miss due to the lack of signage. I walked past it a couple of times. It's right in between something called saunabar (dread to think what this is!) and a residential looking door with 27 on it. Although the space itself is nice, they have a conservatory style roof meaning that if it's a sunny day you roast. I would recommened asking for a table not in this section.
I was here at lunch so there was no performance but I believe things are very different in the evenings!
Best thing about the place is the option to dine en famille.
Reminds of the London clubs where single diners can meet other members.
Had brunch. Poached eggs great. Nice cornbread too.
Wowza - that was an experience to remember! The food was incredible! I highly recommend the foie gras gyoza and the black cod but we ordered family style, shared and enjoyed everything we had. The entertainment was FANTASTIC especially the male acrobat rope act and the fire eater who lit her tassels on fire. The only downside is that once you hit two hours you need to leave your table so they can turn it over. I understand the need but it is annoying none the less. The service was excellent!
A hula-hoop show with fire and then a Elvis impersonator.... The Red Snapper wasn't bad but to be honest we were way to drunk to trust my opinion. Fun place to go if you're on vacation.....
One of the places that really made no sense whatsoever. We went there for a friend's birthday party. We first stayed around the bar, which was OK although a bit too crowded. We were then transferred to our table and got served the most uninteresting/tasteless food I had experienced for quite a while. The show (yes, there are smalls performances happening on a "stage" inside the venue at random intervals) was balancing between awkward and boring. The final bill came to something like 50 quid per person, which I found quite ridiculous.
Disappointing overall - bill was around £140 for two of us and we didn't even have wine, just a couple of bottles of beer each. Main feeling as I walked out was regret at all the other amazing restaurants in London we could have gone to for the same money.
Decor looks sumptuous on the website gallery but it is actually quite plastic and tacky inside. Tried 4/5 of the dim sum dishes, which were ok but nothing too special. New York beef dish was nice but really not worth £30 (literally was just 6/7 mouthfuls of beef laid out on hot stones). Barrimundi was overcooked and again a really mean portion for £20; worse still, what I thought was a pastry casing turned out to be paper! No accompanying vegetables or salad to speak of (apparently you had to order these seperately) which I find astounding given the price of the mains.
Best thing food-wise was the desserts, chocolate fondant and chocolate sphere were delicious though I suspect not even made in the restaurant. Wouldn't have minded all this had the entertainment been good, but I would say it was underwhelming and more like 'opportunity knocks' than a circus. I was expecting fire-eating, jugglers etc etc in our two hour slot we saw two contortionists, a rather uninspiring transvestite and a couple of tap dancers. Hopefully it's better on a weekend (we went on a Thursday night) however I will not be going back to find out I'm afraid.
I too, came here for a comp brunch menu tasting. I think when the restaurant originally opened in covent garden it was all about the evening, but now the owners are testing the waters with brunch and lunch to take advantage of their central location.
Designed by Tom Dixon, it gives a new twist to cabaret - as diners enjoy Pan-American cuisine, performers nightly twist and flip their way down the communal high table whilst the rest of the restaurant looks on. Decorated with reflective walls and huge mirror balls, it's the perfect place for a pre-theatre cocktail and snack or a fun group meal. The restaurant has three distinct sections which can be hired separately or exclusively as a whole. For late nights, DJ's get the after-dinner mood going until 2am from Tuesdays to Saturdays.
On this particular Sunday morning, I chose an orange juice ( not freshly squeezed I don't believe ) and the Caesar Salad with cornbread crutons. Most brunch items were priced from between £8 - £10ish, so not too extortionate.
There were spiced crab cakes, pancakes with syrup, a full breakfast or even a burger.
My Salad was OK, huge slices of breast chicken ( skin on so I peeled it off ) but part of the chicken was bit fatty and inedible. Corn bread was a different touch and the crispy bacon and leaves with chunky shaved parmesan were fine.
My friend had toasted bagels with smoked salmon and poached eggs and hollandaise. Even I was disappointed when she cut into her eggs and they were hard-boiled!
My other friend's beef burger seemed to be the triumph, juicy patty piled high with slaw, gherkins, cheese etc and nice-lookking rustic fries on the side.
I probably would go back here in the evening to test it out, but hopefully the food is better then.
I'll be honest, I think the main draw here is the kitch entertainment rather than the food.
Don't get lost on your way to the toilet - shiny black doors with minimal signage abound, leaving you feeling lost in the tardis if you take a wrong turn.
bad service. bad food (we asked the tuna to be rare and it came out well done like tuna in a can. then they brought out the "new/rare" tuna and it was even more well done than the 1st). i forgot to mention it tasted bad too.
the acrobatics were really entertaining though, those dancers are hella strong.
Went for a taster lunch and was impressed with the selection, as well as the friendly service. Especially liked the seafood tempura. Will definitely go back - in the evening though.
We wanted a special evening out for dinner in London....what we got was overpriced lousy food and minimal entertainment. Although our server was excellent, the rest was a disappointment. I had the crab cakes that were weird and mushy - all spice drowning out any crab flavor. My friend got the ribs that came without bones (?) - dried out, chewy meat that had sause slathered it. She actually talked the manager into taking them off her bill once she coerced him into tasting his own food. The only thing they did well were the frites and the hush puppies- well at least they could cook those The bartender could use a lesson in how to make a lemon drop as well. The entertainment was sparce, 3 acts over a 2-hour dining period. Although the concept is interesting, it just wasn't enough to justify the price of the bill.
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