Following the launch last year of the Supperclub in Ladbroke Grove and Proud Cabaret in the City, the trend for restaurants which offer entertainment acts alongside the food continues, with the recent opening of Circus in Covent Garden: expect live snakes, burlesque dances and active participation!
Because it is fun: launched last January, Circus mixes bar, restaurant and entertainment in one venue. Drinkers and diners can be involved in the performance should they wish (or if they are sufficiently warmed up by the many innovative cocktails on offer!), while the main table doubles as the stage. On the night we visited, one act involved a giant python, as an accessory to a rather exotic dance.
To play “Spot the Celeb”: although not a member’s club, Circus has got an influential “Friends’ Committee” of super connected individuals, such as fashion designer Matthew Williamson and eco warrior-multimillionaire David de Rothschild, to help attracting A-listers. Obviously, it works, with Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Mark Ronson, Jade Jagger and Agyness Deyn -amongst many others- having already been spotted there.
Because of its innovative design: Tom Dixon, best known for his many years as Creative Director of Habitat and whose recent commissions include Shoreditch House, has created a rather impressive interior for Circus. Taking its cue from the Surrealist movement, the design combines specifically created furniture with iconic 20th Century names, such as Artek and Verner Panton. Note in particular the commissioned Harlequin wallpaper and dancer’s pole…
Circus: 27-29 Endell St, WC2 (Covent Garden), www.circus-london.co.uk