Shoreditch’s favourite summer hangout gets a wintery reboot

Hidden away in the underpass of Old Street tube station lies the entrance to one of the area’s most buzzing bars. Climbing the stairs and emerging into the indoor-outdoor garden-like space that is the Magic Roundabout, it’s hard to believe you’re slap-bang in the centre of a busy junction in the heart of London, but sink a few of their cocktails and you’ll soon feel a million miles away.

Aerial View of the Magic Roundabout

Thanks to its free-flowing drinks, thumping tunes and top-notch BBQ food, Magic Roundabout was undoubtedly one of the best places to sink a few during the summer, but rather than let the hype die down during the winter months, the venue has a plan to be just as jumping when the mercury drops.

The plan, they tell us, is to transform into a “tented, heated (phew!) ‘Decades’-inspired wonderland”. What does that mean, we hear you ask? Well, apparently this: as you climb the stairs, you’ll embark on a journey through time and space, popping up into a retro-inspired party. New themed areas include a “slightly bonkers” (their words, not ours) Woodstock-esque space as a nod to the ‘60s, and a sexy-but-not-seedy ‘70s Playboy lounge. The main bar represents an all-out ‘80s disco, while the VIP area is a ‘90s hip-hop haven.  

Replacing White Men Can’t Jerk on the food front will be new kids on the roundabout Smokin’ Lotus, brainchild of Rosalind Chick who uses old family recipes as inspiration for her BBQ menu. Look out for 11 hour slow smoked beef brisket from Rosalind’s home-built smokehouse and Japanese-style creamy potato salad mash.

Come December, Wasted Chic Christmas Market will be settling in for some wavy festivities, and the venue’s available for private hire, so if you’re planning a Christmas bash, you might want to get these guys on the phone.

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