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Circus Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.circus-london.co.uk
  • Email: info@circus-london.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 420 9300
  • Hours of Operation:

    Tuesday - Wednesday: 6pm - 12am

    Thursday: 6pm - 1am

    Friday - Saturday: 6pm - 2am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Asian, Southeast Asian
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Lassetter
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Catering: The restaurant boasts a highly praised Pan Asian dinner menu, created and overseen by revered chef Andrew Lassetter with such favourites as 'Seared Peppered Tuna & Pancetta with cayenne, shallots & mixed leaves' and 'Scottish Black Angus Fillet Steak with shiitake & caramelised soy'.

    The working kitchen is itself a dynamic show, with shutters opening from the dining room to reveal the kitchen team hard at work.
  • Private Party Facilities: Circus is available for private venue hire for those planning an exclusive function incorporating a modern yet elegant venue, with fine Pan Asian Dining, cocktails and, of course, some of our wonderful entertainment.
  • Private Party Contact: Lucy Hughes 0207 420 9300
  • Entertainment: The dining and drinking experience at Circus is enhanced by short sharp bursts of entertainment designed to be inviting, intriguing, weird and wonderful.

    Circus choose never to reveal details of each night's succinct performances, preferring to surprise guests and maintain the air of mystery. Though spontaneity is key, diners will often see at least two acts during the course of their meal.From aerialists, to illusionists, fire eaters to hula hoopers, hand balancers to contortionists, there is something to astound and tickle everyone!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Upon enquiry

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Closest Tube stations:

    Covent Garden
    Leicester Square
    Tottenham Court Road
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: There is an NCP car park in Shelton Street, just around the corner from Circus. There is some restricted street parking also.
A word from Circus
Circus is an innovative combination of Pan Asian restaurant and West End cocktail bar with a sprinkling of glamorous cabaret to entertain guests while they dine. Located in vibrant Covent Garden, the heart of theatre-land, the restaurant boasts an elegant dinner menu, created by the highly revered chef Andrew Lassetter, formerly of E&O and Cocoon.

The stylish surrealist interior, created by iconic British designer Tom Dixon, transports guests into a decadent world of glamour and escapism from the moment they enter, with the highlight; a striking quartz 'stage' table seating up to 30 guests dominating the room. As day turns into night, the restaurant comes to life and the spectacle begins as diners sip exotic punches and cocktails whilst beautifully skilled performers twirl magically in suspended hoops and wow the crowd. The adventures continue after dinner as the music is turned up and the dancing begins.
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasions
Diner Reviews
  • "I booked circus for my mum's 60th birthday, she loved it. If you are looking for something a bit 'different' then this is the perfect place. The food was lovely but rather expensive, portion sizes quite small. The service was excellent. We had a great view of the entertainment, which was very good especially when the chap removed his shirt. I would have liked the table for more than 2 hours so we could sit and drink but as the venue is quite small I can see why like many other restaurants there is a time limit."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Our evening would have been excellent had we not been pressurised to vacate our table promptly. Circus had called during the morning to check we would be there. When we arrived we were told there was another booking for the table at 9pm. I had expected another booking to follow but not until 9.45pm Overall however a very good evening and I will recommend Circus highly"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Had a great evening here. The food was lovely, very well cooked and served beautifully. Usually when restaurants have entertainment the food is average but this is an exception as the food is a very high standard. The entertainment was fun, great concept. Good night out"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "I treated my husband for his birthday and we had such a lovely and unexpected evening. the entertainment was so good and all the staff made you feel part of the restaurant xx"
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "First visit to circus as given vouchers as a gift. Lovely atmosphere good fun vibe throughout. Staff very knowledgeable able to offer suggestions. Attentive but it rushed service. Food was delicious. Excellent vegetarian options - I am not a veggie but loved the tofu. Perfect venue for a celebration or good fun night out. Glad we had booked the second sitting as we could stay as long as we wished."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "I admit that this place might not be everyone's cup of tea, but read the website ... It's clear what this place is about! For me the service was great, friendly, attentive and skilled, the food was very good and the cocktails a little too nice, as for the ambiance... It's noisy t , more like a club, and the performers do strip off a little, but that's all part of the fun. The performers are all very skilled and there's enough humour that it doesn't feel seedy, so no I probably wouldn't take my grandmother there but my friends and I certainly plan to come back, we had a fantastic time."
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Not quite sure what to expect on arrival but were greeted at the door in a welcoming fashion by the door staff. Bar area small but adequate for table waiting. Brilliant atmosphere straight away as busy and friendly. Food choice was not to baffle and superbly presented and cooked. It was my birthday so even the desert featured a candle and I wax acknowledgd by our fabulous waitress to recognise the occasion. Entertainment at intervals so well planned and great to watch. Finally an invitation to get up and have a boogie ourselves topped of the night. Highly recommended!!!!! Thank you got such s memorable night Circus x"
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "You don't go to Circus for the food, so we weren't expecting much, but it was actually quite good. The show is fun. Definitely a spot for a group."
    dined on 09/04/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I visited with his best friend and his partner for a 9pm sitting on a Friday night. What a great evening, there were a few hiccups with service where they forgot to bring our first round of drinks over and they didn't give me a plate to go with my hot rock new york stripped loin which resulted in it cooking a bit more than I would like but the whole experience is great. The beef and foie gras gyoza was outstanding and my meat was tasty. My boyfriend had the red chilli lamb which he loved! The cocktails were lovely - my fave was the little moscow - allbeit a little pricy. The entertainment is what really makes it though, varied and high quality. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great night."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Excellent Birthday treat. Food exceeded our expectations and the whole evening really well managed. Some of the acts were really skilled and one or two a bit weak."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "This place has it all. Friendly and proffessional staff, great food and a wasn't shocked when I saw the bill which was a bonus! During and inbetween meals were shows which we're also great. I thoroughly recommend this place."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Absolutely brilliant!!.... We came up to London from Devon to celebrate my 50th & my niece's 21st, so we wanted something a bit different & to be able to eat good food & be entertained all under one roof...Our waitress was lovely, looking after our every need..we even ordered a birthday cake that tasted out of this world....."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "There's a buzz about this place, sensory overload! Great balance of flavours in the dishes, wine was perfectly suited. Staff were friendly and very attentive. Will be back!"
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "Lively venue for dining with short bursts of entertainment in a fun atmosphere. Tasty food. Proffesional staff and friendly people. Enjoyed the male acrobats, fire eater and the glamorous trannie. Something a bit different!"
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "the resturant was far too busy and crowded so made eating dinner quite unpleasent. i felt very squashed at our table. it took far too long to be served and i would have thought there to be a few more circus acts to watch. The rice was cold and far too sticky, felt like i was eating rubber. after waiting so long to experience this resturant i was very, very dissapointed"
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "One thing was we decided to go for drinks and didn't realise you had to order food or there would be a £35 charge...each! That needs to be made clearer I feel. And also some lenience on what you can order instead of the strict 'circus dish' policy. We had eaten beforehand and weren't really up for paying £20+ on one meal. However, the food was outstanding. Also, the bouncers and staff were great!"
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "I found this restaurant too noisy. I could barely hear my couple when he was talking! It's also quite expensive, but I already knew that before booking, so no nasty surprises when the bill came."
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "Went to a 9pm booking on the 14th March, arrived early and was shown to the bar where you can still see the acts performing, had some amazing cocktails. Shown to our table for 2 at 9pm. Food was stunning...we had crab and squid tempura and then steak on hot rocks for main. The circus acts were funny and entertaining. Great atmosphere. Wine was reasonably priced. Our waitress was friendly and attentive, had told her it was my boyfriends birthday and his dessert came out with a candle on top and eveyone sung happy birthday. Everyone was welcoming and we had a fantastic evening! It was fairly expensive but as you get the show as well it makes up for it. Amazing experience would recommend to all!"
    dined on 14/03/2014
  • "Circus was very good. The clientèle was a little rowdy but I recommend it for a good night out."
    dined on 13/03/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. Acts brilliant but would have enjoyed them being on individually for a longer time. Good food but overall fairly expensive. However, I would recommend."
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "Circus is really good, the food is excellent quality but it wouldn't hurt to serve a little more rice as a spoonful each at the price they charge isn't ample! The service is good but the meal is rushed, don't book too early as the acts didn't start until nearly an hour after our arrival, the acts were very good but we only got to see three 5 minute acts during our meal so overall a good couple of hours entertainment but expensive for what you get!"
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "Two birthdays to celebrate and cant think of a better place to do it. Very good personal service, excellent food and quality entertainment."
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "Our night out was a thank you treat for 3 ladies that I work with and the venue made it very special indeed. The cocktails are sublime (I recommend the Winter Storm), the food was well prepared and very tasty and the shows in between each course were fun, entertaining and a great showcase of acrobatic and "hoop" ability. My favourite was Elvis and his hoops - especially the glow hoop slinky. Well worth a visit if you fancy a great night out and would highly recommend the "stage table" if you are a big enough group."
    dined on 25/02/2014
  • "Great food, great service.....overall one of the best dining experiences(with entertainment) I've had in London."
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "The food was amazing! We had the beef gyoza and prawn dumplings as starters, the sea bass and steak as our mains, and had the chocolate fondant for dessert - all outstanding. This really surprised me because from the reviews i have read i was under the impression circus was more about the acts than the food but i have to say the food impressed me more. The acts were great though, really enjoyed the night. I would recommend getting a later sitting if you can because the atmosphere improves as the night goes on."
    dined on 25/02/2014
  • "Took a friend to Circus for her birthday and had a brilliant time. The food was amazing, we had blow torched nigiri, wasabi scallops, chilli squid, red chicken curry and the black cod. The food was fresh and melted in your mouth. The waitress was enchanting and very good at her job. Along with the great food we had copious amounts of cocktails. All in all a very pleasant and enjoyable evening."
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "We had been planning Circus for a while and I have to say the whole concept is a very good one! We enjoyed the performances very much, however felt that we were rushed with our food! The food on the whole was very nice but there wasn't a lot of it and for what we ate the price was rather high!! Well its a tick of the list...been there done it!!"
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend . The service was very good and we were well attended , I expected it to be more upmarket, The chairs were uncomfortable and food ok. My biggest disappointment were the acts which might have entertained teenages or hen parties but the experience was really very average...Fat bloke with hula hoops didnt impress and overall experience was would not recommend to my friends. Probably great for younger people."
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "Went there winter 2012 and it was great but this time it was not so impressive. Firstly there was too big a gap between each act, then the performers were repeated so not really original after first 3 acts. The food was tasty although not big portions and quite expensive. Its a shame but the night didn't live up to the entertainment level I had promised my friend who was visiting London."
    dined on 12/02/2014
  • "Beautiful food, show and atmosphere. Great place for a special date. One you won't forget in a hurry. I haven't been paid to say this either."
    dined on 25/07/2013
  • "I took my partner here as a surprise for his 30th birthday. We loved it, the service, cocktails and entertainment were great! The food was a little on the small side and pricey but for a one off special occasion it was worth it. Would definitely go again!"
    dined on 08/02/2014
  • "a fantastic evening, great fun, very friendly staff cater for food alergies, show is a must see."
    dined on 07/02/2014
  • "Really good food in a fantastic setting. My wife and I really enjoyed the evening post show !"
    dined on 08/02/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and we had an amazing time. The food was fantastic and the entertainment was so much fun. From the hosts to the cloakroom to our lovely waiter, 'fun' was very much the name of the game. I couldn't recommend it any higher."
    dined on 31/01/2014
  • "Visited circus for a birthday meal as a couple, had a table booked for 9 but arrived at half 7 and taken to the bar. During our drinks we saw a couple of acts then were swiftly taken to our seats. The venue was lovely, the acts were amazing and really got the crowd going. I was worried about the food as the menu is rather limited however the food was amazing with service to match: everytime your glass was nearly empty someone was filling it up for you. The one downfall for this experience was we received our main meal but then an act came out so we couldn't see what we were eating so but went a little cool. Amazing night and have already booked to return in a Month!!"
    dined on 31/01/2014
  • "Great place, Reservation is a must.Please continue like that we had a fantastic night out with delicious food and a great time"
    dined on 31/01/2014
  • "I went to Circus on a Thursday Night for my Birthday with two friends and from the moment we stepped in I was impressed the service at the door was friendly and we were placed at a table very near to the main Acts table , the venue is very intimate and the music was fantastic, the atmosphere was eletric! The food was worth every penny and we saw a new Caberet Act every 15 min which was very entertaining! I asked for a candle in our dessert which was heavenly and the waiters made a fuss of singing Happy Birthday very loudly which made me blush but was very lovely! I can't wait to go back and will be recommending it to only special people! I feel like I've found a hidden gem !"
    dined on 30/01/2014
  • "The entire evening was a blast from start to finish. The service was very good, as was the food - but to be honest I just couldn't take my eyes off the stage!! It was an absolutely brilliant night and our party of three were all very impressed, vowing to go back as soon as possible. A great night out - highly recommended for a team night - the stage table looked like a great place to be."
    dined on 06/11/2013
  • "The cocktails were great, the food was great, the entertainment was fantastic. The whole ambiance of the place was fantastic, the music and atmosphere made for a very pleasant evening. Fairly expensive but when you take into account the entertainment as well as the fantastic food."
    dined on 23/01/2014
  • "It was a great experience for me and my partner to enjoy her birthday dinner at circus, We enjoyed the food, the environment and the Circus acts of course. The staff was friendly as well."
    dined on 07/01/2014