From daredevil stunts to mesmerising acrobatics, big top shows to intimate performances, there’s plenty to be wowed by at London circus venues.
Look out for one-of-a-kind shows and seasonal pop-ups from some of the best circus acts in the world, or find equally exciting performances with London's varied theatre shows.
1. Circus Restaurant
Enjoy dinner, cocktails and cabaret with spellbinding acts at Circus Restaurant in Covent Garden. Aerialists, contortionists, fire-breathers, hula-hoopers: look up to see a world of entertainment unfold in front of you, or even served up directly on your table, while you enjoy your dinner.
2. Jacksons Lane Theatre
Watch an array of dynamic and innovative fringe performances and contemporary circus shows at Jacksons Lane Theatre in Highgate. Housed in an imaginatively converted listed Edwardian church, it also has a strong programme of children's theatre.
3. La Clique
Circus, comedy and cabaret combine at La Clique, which takes up residency in the Spiegeltent at Christmas in Leicester Square each winter. Marvel at acrobats, contortionists and more at this extravaganza.
4. Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil regularly returns to the Royal Albert Hall with its dazzling spectacles. Performances have included shows such as Totem, a journey through the evolution of mankind, and Luzia, which featured an imaginary Mexico through a surrealistic series of visual surprises and thrilling acrobatic performances.
5. Zippos Circus
Be enchanted by Zippos Circus’ magical big top show, featuring impressive acrobats and aerialists, comics and daredevils. It regularly pops up at venues across the capital, including Winter Wonderland, so keep an eye out for the latest performances for a fun family outing.
6. Underbelly Festival
Look out for great circus shows, theatre, cabaret and entertainment for the whole family at the annual Underbelly Festival, in Cavendish Square each summer. Enjoy the sunshine and get ready for a fun-packed festival of live shows and alfresco eating and drinking.