Happily reminding us of Dougal, Zebedee and friends, The Magic Roundabout already has us hooked. But the name is in fact a reference to the Old Street roundabout – Silicon Roundabout, as it's known these days – in the middle of which you’ll find an intriguing mix of music, food and drink - evident from their motto, "bites - beats - booze". It's a prime and expansive location, with an effortless entry point directly from Old Street station.
The Magic Roundabout is an ever-evolving, collaborative venue, so there's always something new - an excellent excuse to keep going back. Head down to the venue at weekends and you’ll be treated to club nights and sets from some of the top DJs in London as well as the disco, funk and groove beats spun by resident DJ, Horton Jupiter.
Alongside the focus on bringing great music to the ears of Londoners, The Magic Roundabout has a carefully curated food and drink offering available. ‘Relax’ is home to a variety of delicious cocktails served up by White Lyan as well as great coffee, for when it’s too early for cocktails (as if such a time exists).
‘The Shack’ also welcomes a new resident every three months, highlights have included Prawnography and Food Circus and coming up in January are ‘White Men Can’t Jerk’, who’ll be serving up amazing BBQ food - one for the diary.
And of course we can’t forget Burger Bear...
The Grizzly Bear, with cheese, double oak-smoked bacon and bacon jam. With a side of Angry Fries, topped with fiery hot sauce. Our collective mouths are watering.
These are just a couple of the concoctions of Burger Bear, the London-grown burger joint that's expanded from its first home – in Stoke Newington's Stokey Bears – to Peckham's Old Nun's Head – which proudly calls itself "the Ryan Gosling of pubs", and has now a new home at The Magic Roundabout, with the quirky "shipping container diner" set-up.
The joint's burger was voted one of the top ten in London, also winning third place in the London Burger Bash and second place in the BurgerMonday Championship.
Tom Reaney is The Burger Bear: the creator of the signature burger, which is made using locally sourced, sustainable meat from his favourite Peckham butcher. Reaney rustles up his award-winning burgers with the ideal balance of quantity and quality, and is also the force behind the signature bacon jam, which helps to put Burger Bear even further ahead of the rest of the pack.
The fans clearly believe in the bacon jam – and in the venue concept as a whole. That's how the Magic Roundabout location was originally set up – thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, through which an impressive £36,000 was raised. The dream is now realised, and having had a highly successful summer, the guys have just launched Xmas at the Magic Roundabout, with several rentable pop-up spaces for a variety of events.
There's The Winter Woods, a wintry forest including real trees and dazzling lights; Xmas Tropicana, where summer combines with Christmas with a tropical theme; and Relax's Scandi Christmas, a cosy, Nordic-style lodge – or, of course, the entire venue can be hired out. Whatever the case, there'll be several food and drinks packages to choose from, with Burger Bear sliders, mac 'n' cheese balls and other delectable treats to keep cheeks glowing.
Fully heated and covered, the Magic Roundabout is an ideal winter destination.
Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you'd like to hold your Christmas party – or any other event – at The Magic Roundabout.