For the last few years, there’s been a trend in London towards social hot spots in unusual and exciting locations. There are bars on top of car parks. A cinema in the grounds of Kensington Palace. A sunset party in London Zoo. But would you believe me if I told you the new top place to spend your evenings in London is on a roundabout? Old Street roundabout to be exact!
Accessed via a secret tunnel in Old Street Tube Station, The Magic Roundabout is a large exciting party space on top of the roundabout itself. Open from 7am on weekdays, they serve artisan coffee so you can pop by for an early morning drink on the way to work. At midday, the 3 award winning food vendors open their shutters ready for the lunch rush. Then after work, the venue becomes the ultimate al fresco party destination, with several bars serving cocktails and craft beers, food available throughout the night and a line-up of some of London’s best DJ’s.
The venue itself is an outdoor maze of quirky areas, with colourful decor which brings that summer feeling to London even on the rainiest of days (yes, they have heating and rain covers too). There is plenty of space to sit, including on a small beach in one corner, as well as large open spaces so you can dance the night away to a mix disco, house, techno and reggae.
Check out photos of the venue (from The Magic Roundabout’s website):
The Magic Roundabout plays host to three amazing street-food vendors, all so good it’s almost impossible to choose which to try.
Burger Bear serves up unbelievably delicious burgers, and their Grizzly Bear is a must try! Topped with cheese, bacon and Burger Bear’s signature bacon jam, it’s impossible not to fall in love after the first bite.
The food at White Men Can’t Jerk is arguably just as good as their name. Food so packed with flavour it will blow your mind. As well as their signature jerk chicken, they serve the likes of jerk pulled pork, jerk bean burgers and jerk halloumi, as well as other non-jerk Carribean inspired dishes with a twist such as red stripe chicken wings and curried mutton shepherd’s pie.
New kid on the roundabout, Skins, have made their presence well and truly felt since joining the party. They have reinvented the loaded potato skin to bring it up to the standards of London street-food scene. Their skins are filled with delicious and creative toppings such as mac & cheese, beef brisket, cauliflower cheese and beetroot risotto.