Review: The Magic Roundabout – Eats, Beats and Booze in East London


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Situated slap-bang in the middle of Old Street Roundabout and accessed via a secret staircase in the tube station underneath, chances are a year or so ago you would have driven right past The Magic Roundabout without ever knowing it was there. These days, however, the cat is now well and truly out of the bag as the award-winning venue has been garnering quite the reputation for its trademark “Eats, Beats and Booze”: a combination of top notch street food, stellar Dj lineups and craft beers and cocktails, served across multiple levels with imaginatively themed areas.

We recently popped down to the Grand Summer Venue Launch to get a sneak preview of what’s in store for you for the next few months. Gone are the snow and twinkly lights from the Winter Series, replaced instead by a real sandy beach leading you into Bassano’s, newly transformed into a retro seaside cocktail bar and diner; and grassy areas for lounging on in Fantasia-inspired Fa Fa Land. The main bar are and dancefloor have been given a glamorous Bollywood makeover, complete with palaces, peacocks and vivid splashes of colour.

You won’t go hungry, either: Burger Bear, frequently described as ‘the best burgers in London’ are serving up a mouthwatering menu – try the Grizzly Bear, a cheeseburger topped with double oak-smoked bacon and Burger Bear bacon jam, or superb vegetarian option the Koala, a spicy bean burger with avocado, salsa, coriander and lime yoghurt. Street food giants White Men Can’t Jerk are offering up their signature jerk chicken, alongside other favourites such as jerk halloumi and salt fish fritters; and new kids on the block Skins are dishing up a super-indulgent menu of loaded potato skins: we recommend The Fleetwood Mac and Cheese, a pair of skins loaded with mac and cheese, bacon, crispy onions, jalapenos, sriracha butter and parsley.

Artisan coffee is on hand for those in need of a pick-me-up, making it an ideal place to work remotely from during the day, and some of London’s top Djs are spinning the decks every evening, making the most of these long, balmy summer nights.

The Magic Roundabout is open daily from 7am-11pm on weekdays (10pm on Mondays), 8am-11pm on Saturdays and 12pm-10pm on Sundays. Bookings are available for parties of 6 or more.

The Magic Roundabout
16 St Agnes Well

Written by Saga Lynd