The Magic Roundabout
The Magic Roundabout
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Located literally in the middle of Old Street Roundabout & accessed via a secret staircase inside Old Street tube station, The Magic Roundabout is London's most unique outdoor event space where you'll find award-winning street food brought to you by the award-winning Burger Bear and a rotation of London's best food traders, coffee, cocktails, craft beers and more! We have DJs playing every night of the week and host day parties with the best promoters in London every weekend. The venue offers cover and heaters all year round to ensure that you'll have fun, whatever the weather. Recently voted 'Best Outdoor Space in Shoreditch'.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Neighborhood: Islington
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  • Old St • 1 min walk
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles74 reviews
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Very good
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Elizabeth D
London, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
This is a really great place for a quick lunch, after work drinks and just catching up with friends. It's entrance is the station so easy for transport. The food is georgous, you have a selection of 3 different cuisines and a separate cocktail bar, plus 3 other bars so no long ques for drinks. The music during the week and Fridays can be improved but you don't really go there for that. Oh and they have smoking areas too. The staff are so friendly, you can prebook your tables and pre order food. Summer time is always the best time but winter they have roof covering and patio heating.
Written December 22, 2017
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Victoria P
Crayford, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
I booked this venue as a surprise for my boyfriends 30th birthday and what a surprise it was. The area booked for me was spacious and we could all just chill out, drink and have a great night. The decoration is excellent, really quirky and fun. Drinks are reasonable and the staff are great help.
Bar closes at 11am so make sure you have a follow up venue planned.
Written February 19, 2017
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NeeNee18
London, UK111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Love this outdoor indoor venue so much, hidden away in Old Street tube roundabout this venue has it all and starts early - street food, a few bars, lots of seating, great djs
Written September 11, 2016
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Luke F
London, UK100 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
Really terrible bar staff service who intent on talking with each other instead of taking your order.

Bought £30 worth of drinks and paid immediately before the music stop to then be told that they were closing.

Large bouncer came pushing us out of the way to escort a member of staff with a till of cash and was also rude.

Expensive place for little service and quality. Avoid.
Written April 24, 2018
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Hi Luke, I already responded to this same review on Google so hope you see the response there and we can make things right. Cheers for posting this twice ;)
Written April 24, 2018
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Lilla C
Szentendre, Hungary1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Horrible treatment by manager tonight after my friend got knocked over by staff in the toilet,when he bashed the toilet door in her face leaving us both covered in beer. Staff agreed to pay for the beer he knocked over and apologised , then incredibly rude manager came along and handled our complaint by chucking us out of the club after we both have paid entry and didn't do anything apart from complaining about the situation. He was disrespectful and didn't try to solve the situation by any means ,after my top was covered in beer. "He said if we don't like it we can go".Very unprofessional management and complaint handling skills, I definitely won't be going again.
Written June 24, 2017
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SorchaBloom
London, UK38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
I visited this bar for the first time last weekend for a few casual drinks.

It was quite busy so the vibe was lively. There was that strange mix of not being full but also zero places left to sit down so we stood and drank. All drinks were served in plastic cups which isn't ideal but understandable if is a requirement.

The smoking area was fun in terms of the novelty of being on the roundabout but apart from that, the place is awkwardly laid out and isn't really great for dancing, chatting or getting drunk quickly. There are way better bars to drink in with nicer open areas.

I'm glad I went once but I wouldn't bother going back.
Written April 7, 2017
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SteveW25167220
Glasgow, UK399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
I love everything about this place. If you have travelled the world and fancy a beach bar style vibe with funky decor original staff and fresh music then come here. For a group i would reserve a table as seating is limited. I wish I could spend longer in here!!! i will be back!
Written July 29, 2018
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Betha66
London, UK148 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
I was keen to try this bar as the reviews seemed quite good but it just wasn't my kinda place. I'm 32 and had been invited there for my friends birthday the crowd there were quite young. The music was a bit housey for me and the drinks were quite expensive. It all just felt a bit run down. This being said the staff were all friendly and helpful.
Written November 20, 2017
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holz
Sheffield, UK101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
Absolutely love this cool, quirky place. I've never been anywhere like it! It's really colourful and fun so a great place for drinks - it almost feels like being on holiday! The drinks are slightly expensive but typical London prices. Food is also available. I would really, really recommend if you are looking for something different in London!
Written September 1, 2017
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RolandoCortez
13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
I booked a table at the Magic Roundabout for a birthday gathering of about 20 people (8/4/17). I was looking for a place we could gather in the daytime that would have DJs and food.
We arrived early on a Saturday (before 4pm) but found that our table allocation was in a dark corner of the venue and asked if our table could be swapped but both my partner and myself found the on site manager to be rude and unaccommodating.
As the venue filled up with kids we realised that the average age of the place seemed to be about 20 years old and this trend continued.
My friends then spent the next few hours trying to keep rude and arrogant people from sitting on the table which was booked, which when they wouldn't move so guests could sit down led to repeatedly having to get the security staff (who to be fair were really friendly and helpful).
As the venue filled up, so the toilet queues got longer and longer till the ladies queue stretched out into the venue space itself - it must have been over 30 people for long periods.
Guests told me that they found the food portions small and the drinks overpriced.
We ended up leaving the venue at around 8.30pm to go to a friend's place instead as most people were already fed up with the place.
Overall, a really nice space but ruined by the juvenile crowd there - seriously nobody over the age of about 25 it felt like, and many seriously lacking manners - totally inadequate toilet facilities and a stroppy venue manager.
We definitely won't be returning. This is a shame as I was excited by the venue space and it clearly has potential.
I'm not one to usually write negative reviews but I feel that this really needed sharing.
Written April 12, 2017
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Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, it's always appreciated, even if the feedback is not so great. I'm really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your time at Magic on 8th April. On Saturdays, we work with many different promoters who each bring their own style of Djs and in turn, audience. We try to offer an eclectic mix of parties to suit different types but this does mean that not every party is to everyone's taste, especially on Saturdays and Sundays. Please do try us on a weeknight where we have a very relaxed, after-work drinks vibe. I'm really sorry to hear that you felt the manager was unaccommodating, I'd appreciate it if you could send me a private email with more info about this: sarah@magicroundabout.co. With regards to our toilet facilities, we'd love to have more but do not have access to any main water or waste and they're built on a special tank to allow us to operate them. We'd run with portaloos for months before this so this is actually a big improvement but still not totally ideal. However, we employ a toilet attendant to ensure that queues move quickly, toilets are clean and well stocked and that no naughty business occurs. We really do everything we can to make this workable under the circumstances. Lastly, with regards to our food and drink, our prices are totally in line with all bars in Central London and Shoreditch and our food is priced accordingly. We offer top quality, food which is all prepared fresh on the premises, nothing comes out of a packet or from a microwave, we pay our staff a fair, working wage to work for us. This is all reflected in the cost. We pride ourselves on our award winning food and its incredibly rare for us to receive a complaint about portion sizes, again, however, please feel free to elaborate in a private message if there was something particularly amiss. We really would love it if you would give us a second chance to impress you so do drop me an email!
Written April 18, 2017
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