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Food & Drink

Closed: The Jungle-Themed Outdoor Bar Hidden Above An East London Roundabout

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor

Magic roundabout

This venue is now permanently closed.

East London’s favourite pop-up within a roundabout is back for another sizzling summer of beats, booze, and street food. The Magic Roundabout has opened up for its summer season, but it’s all tinged with a touch of sadness: organisers have confirmed that this will be their final season before redevelopment work on the roundabout begins at year’s end. All the more reason to head down there and send it off with a bang!

Magic roundabout

Somewhat appropriately for London, the theme for summer 2018 is ‘Urban Jungle’. This has resulted in vines twisting all over the space, palm print lounges with a healthy splash of millennial pink, and even a working waterfall. The fabulously floral photobooth, stuff with an absurdly large amounts of props, shouldn’t be missed either. Looks like things are about to get wild on Old Street…

Magic roundabout

Although it’s a jungle, you don’t need to forage for food. Street food vendors will be on hand to fill you up, with fiery Asian BBQ from Smokin’ Lotus, and so-filling-you’ll-hibernate burgers from Burger Bear. The Magic Roundabout also has a hotline to the capital’s best clubs, so expect top-notch DJs from the likes of Egg and XOYO to make appearances this summer. Probably at some of the numerous parties they’re laying on this summer.

Magic roundabout

It’s most likely the only chance you’ll get to eat, drink, and dance in the middle of a roundabout this summer, so make use of it. The jungle of Old Street is yours to explore, and never has the phrase “it’s a jungle out there” been more appropriate.

Location: 16 St Agnes Well, EC1Y 1BE – it’s accessed via a secret staircase in Old Street tube station. Nearest station is, unsurprisingly, Old Street. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 12-11pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
Entry: free, but groups larger than six are asked to book in advance.
More information: from their website.