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“Good night out” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Circus

Circus
Ranked #444 of 22,199 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $62 - $93
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Covent Garden
Description: Circus is an innovative combination of West End cocktail bar and cabaret restaurant set in vibrant Covent Garden.The restaurant boasts a highly praised Pan Asian dinner menu, created and overseen by the revered chef Andrew Lassetter.The stylish surrealist interior, formulated by iconic British designer Tom Dixon, transports guests into a decadent world of glamourous escapism from the moment they enter. For those looking for a drinks or dinner venue in Covent Garden to escape the mundaneness of the outside world, then Circus is ideal; the cocktails are heavenly and the dinner menu will delight even the most discerning of palates. As evening falls, the venue springs to life and the spectacle begins as diners sip exotic punches and cocktails. West End London is synonymous with theatre and drama, so it is fitting that Circus hosts complementary cabaret style entertainment at centre-stage of the venue. The charming and mind bendingly skillful acts appear in little bursts throughout the night to entertain and delight.After dinner, the adventures continue as the music is turned up and improptu dancing often occurs. With knowledgable cocktail bartenders furnishing guests with cleverly crafted drinks late into the night, diners and drinkers alike can relax for an entire evening, with a seamless transition from bar to dining room to dance-floor.
London, United Kingdom
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“Good night out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

Went there as a celebration.

The food was tasty, even though overseasoned at times. Portions are rather small in size for the money, but good quality and very well presented, and had to keep reminding myself that the price also included the shows.
Cocktails are also on the expensive side (up to £10 a pop), but rather large and tasty, worth the money.

Had to wait for a long time for the first show, as they were waiting on some large Xmas party group to finally sit down. During the meal we managed to see two shows - a fire-eater and acrobat both good - as well as there were acts going between tables entertaining people in-between.

Acoustics in that place is annoying, very very loud, even when half-full.
Service was good and attentive, brought wrong drinks once (probably due to being unable to hear due to a lot of noise), which were promptly replaced.

Total came to about £170 for the 2, incl. 2 starters, 2 mains, about 4 drinks each and tip.
Would go again, even though would probably make a later reservation for maybe 8, rather than 1830.

  • Visited October 2012
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“Fun night out as a couple and Watch out for the bad girl act! !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

My wife booked this place as a anniversary treat and I was pleasantly surprised as the venue is a hive of entertainment and good food and drinks.Loved all the acts and the food was not bad, the drinks are pricey but this is a classy joint so you should expect it. Would recommend this place just for the entertainment and good atmosphere, we could not order from a la carte as they only served the Christmas menu which tasted good.

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“Waste of space”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2012

Despite long standing and sizeable booking they kept us waiting over half an hour and then contrived to knock the equivalent of a bottle of cheap fizz over one of our guests. The response? Would you like a free drink? Money grabbing charlatans.....only for those that dont really care about the totality of the customer experience.

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CircusTeamLondon, Manager at Circus, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Hello and thanks for taking the time to give your feedback regarding Circus.

I do profusely apologise if you were kept waiting for your table to be ready. Occasionally, especially during busy periods such as Christmas, these things happen under circumstances beyond our control. I would hope that this was dealt with professionally on the night, whether it be via effective communication and / or complimentary drinks by means of apology.

We do take customer service very seriously at Circus. Our aim is to make every guest's visit to Circus an enjoyable experience on every level, including service, food, drinks, entertainment , music and atmosphere. We are happy that we achieve this on an ongoing basis, but constantly aim to approve, so your feedback is much appreciated.

Happy New Year and all the best for 2013.
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“Wonderful Office Xmas Party”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2012

I cannot fault our experience at Circus. We went for an office Christmas lunch. They were happy to wait for our entire party before starting service even though someone was late. Having organised the event I was nervous about the quality of food, however it far exceeded our expectations. The sharing starters were superb and more than enough for everyone. The main courses were exquisite and the desserts nicely finished off the meal. The entertainment in between each course was brilliant (I especially enjoyed the fire eater) and the service was second to none. I intend to return as often as I can!

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CircusTeamLondon, Manager at Circus, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Hello and thanks so much for your kind review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit to Circus, and a great time was had by your party.

We are looking forward to seeing you back here again soon!

Please mail me lucy@circus-london.co.uk with your email address if you would like me to add you to our mailing list. We promise not to mail you too much, but we will notify you of amazing offers, discounts and Circus events.

Best wishes for 2013!
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“Office Christmas party. Big success!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

Had our office Christmas party here. The food was pretty good. We had a limited set menu so it is hard to judge how things would be during a regular visit. We also had the whole place to ourselves, so can not comment on overcrowding.
That said the whole atmosphere of the place was perfect for the occasion. The staff were polite and efficient. The crazy juxtaposition of restaurant with good food and circus acts are what worked for me. A great concept and well worth a visit.

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CircusTeamLondon, Manager at Circus, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Hello and thanks for taking the time to share your experience of Circus.
We are really happy your team had a great party here at Circus.
You must come back with friends for dinner or drinks!

Please mail me lucy@circus-london.co.uk with your email address if you would like me to add you to our mailing list. We promise not to mail you too much, but we will notify you of amazing offers, discounts and Circus events.

Best wishes for 2013!
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