Magic Roundabout's Retro Winter Wonderland

Written by: Claire Holly Davies

Summer is officially over. We’re not sure it ever began in the first place. I guess that’s one of the few downsides of living in London (other than crippling debt, tube strikes and Boris Johnson), but I digress… One of the many upsides of being a resident Londoner is Old Street’s Magic Roundabout. Nestled on top of the actual Old Street Roundabout, this venue is more burgers and beats than Dougal and Zebedee. No idea what I’m on about? No change there then. Just YouTube ‘The Magic Roundabout’ (the original 60’s version is best) and behold, possibly the weirdest kids programme ever to grace British telly.

Hipster crowd at Magic Roundabout bar Old Street Winter 2017

The Magic Roundabout team are transforming the site into a tented, heated, ‘Decades’ inspired winter wonderland. Pushing through the crowds at Old Street tube station you’ll take the stairs through time and space and pop up into a homage to the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Brand new themed areas include a bonkers version of Woodstock including a super sexy 1970s Playboy lounge, complete with sheepskins and log fire. Bom chicka wah wah. The Main Bar will be an out-and-out 80s disco with futuristic art and palm trees. Finally, there’s even a VIP Area decked out with an early 90’s vibe – which is where we’ll be, naturally. Sorry, you can’t sit with us.

The winter relaunch also sees the introduction of Smokin’ Lotus, created by Rosalind Chick, who uses old family recipes as inspiration for her BBQ menu. The main ingredients are smoked in Rosalind’s home-built smokehouse, make sure to try the 11 hour slow smoked beef brisket with hoisin sauce and Japanese-style creamy potato salad mash. Smokin’ Lotus will complete the award-winning street food offering for winter which already includes Skins and Burger Bear.

Girl drinks from ice sculpture at Magic Roundabout bar Old Street Winter 2017

Throughout Autumn and winter the venue will play host to a huge range of events, including an immersive Halloween party on 28th October in collaboration with Budweiser, a Liquid D&B party from Sine with Commix headlining on 4th November and the Wasted Chic Christmas Market on 5th December. The venue is also available for private hire throughout the season and makes a very original Christmas party venue for groups of up to 500.

Find out more:
http://www.magicroundabout.co/

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