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Circus in London

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From calamitous clowns to daredevil drama, there’s no show on earth quite as dazzling as the circus, one of the best activities for kids and adults alike. Experience the Greatest Showman-style feats of strength, athleticism, comedy and drama all under one tent by taking the family for an evening of big top fun. Discover some of the most mind-blowing shows in London and let the glamour of the circus wash you away with circus vouchers in London. From Shoreditch to the O2, roll up and get your ticket to the greatest show in London.

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Disco Cabaret Show with Nightclub Entry at Café de Paris (Up to 54% Off)
Disco Cabaret Show
Piccadilly Circus 0.3 km
£20.00 from £10.00
50% discount_off
Cabaret Show with a Three-Course Dinner and Drinks for One, Two, Four or Six at Fest Camden (Up to 51% Off)
Cabaret with Dinner and Drinks
Camden 2.4 km
£59.00 from £29.95
49% discount_off
Tropicana Cabaret Show Entry with Three-Course Dinner and a cocktail for Up to Four (50% Off)
Tropicana Cabaret with Dinner
London 0.5 km
£60.00 from £29.95
10+ bought
50% discount_off
Disco Cabaret Show, Two-Course Meal, Cocktail and Nightclub Entry for Up to 4 at Café de Paris (Up to 40% Off)
Café de Paris Cabaret and Dinner
Cafe de Paris 0.3 km
£65.00 from £39.00
40% discount_off
Forbidden Nights, Standing or Rear Stalls Ticket, 21 December-28 March, Infernos (Up to 34% Off)
Forbidden Nights
Infernos 3.2 km
£21.49 from £14.00
34% discount_off
Up to Four General Admission Tickets to Tropicana Cabaret Show at Tropicana Beach Club (Up to 53% Off)
Entry to Tropicana Cabaret Show
London 0.5 km
£20.00 from £10.00
9 bought
50% discount_off
Tickets to see Evita
Tickets to see Evita
London 1.6 km
9 bought
A Christmas Cabaret, 3 - 20 December, Three Locations (Up to 38% Off)
A Christmas Cabaret
Multiple Locations 0.4 km
£24.00 from £15.00
10+ bought
37% discount_off
Tickets to see La Clique
Tickets to see La Clique
London 0.2 km
20+ bought
Tickets to see Lexicon
Tickets to see Lexicon
Roundhouse 2.6 km
10+ bought
London's Piccadilly Circus and Whitehall: politics, culture and history
London's Piccadilly Circus and Whitehall: politics, culture and his...
1 bought
Greyhound Racing Package for Two at Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium (Up to 71% Off)
Greyhound Racing Package for Two
Romford Greyhound Stadium 13.3 km
£42.50 £12.00
71% discount_off
Comedy Club Entry and Beer or Wine for Up to Six at Vauxhall Comedy Club (Up to 50% Off)
Comedy Club Entry and Drink
unknown 1.6 km
£5.00 from £2.50
50% discount_off
One or Two Tickets to BKB 20 Bare-Knuckle Boxing Match, 25 January 2020 at Indigo at the O2 (Up to 70% Off)
BKB 20 Bare-Knuckle Boxing Match
Indigo at the O2 5.6 km
£48.65 from £15.00
69% discount_off
The View from The Shard Entry with Panoramic Guide and Optional Champagne (Up to 33% Off)
The View from The Shard
The View from The Shard 1.7 km
£31.00 from £25.00
19% discount_off
Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience
Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience
70+ bought
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Interactive Exhibit, 22 Jun –24 Feb 2020, Cardiff (Up to 44% Off) Christmas Availability!
Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.: Child £6.50 / Adult £12.50
St David's Dewi Sant
£11.20 from £6.50
41% discount_off
The View from The Shard and a Three-Course Meal for Two at Marco Pierre White's London Steakhouse Company(Up to 47% Off)
Meal for Two and The Shard View
City 2.1 km
£178.00 £95.00
580+ bought
46% discount_off
Bond in Motion Tickets, 20 November 2019 - 6 January 2020 at London Film Museum (Up to 50% Off)
Bond in Motion: Child (£4.75), Adult (£7.25)
London Film Museum 0.3 km
£9.50 from £4.75
50% discount_off
Red Palace Masquerade Show, 5 November 2019 - 12 January 2020 at the Vaults Theatre (Up to 63% Off)
Red Palace Masquerade Show
The Vaults 0.8 km
£30.00 from £12.00
60% discount_off
Ticket to Vivaldi's Four Seasons by Candlelight, 28 September - 25 January, Four Locations (Up to 50% )ff)
Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Multiple Locations 0.5 km
£20.00 from £10.00
50% discount_off
Ice Hockey in London! Lee Valley Lions, 15 September 2019–1 March 2020 at Lee Valley Ice Centre (Up to 30% Off)
Ice Hockey in London! Lee Valley Lions
Lee Valley Ice Centre 6.1 km
£10.00 from £7.00
30% discount_off
Moving to Mars Exhibition at Design Museum Child, Adult or Family Ticket (Up to 38% Off)
Moving to Mars Exhibition
London 3.2 km
£16.30 from £12.00
26% discount_off
City Comedy Club Entry for Up to Six at City Comedy Club, Central London (50% Off)
City Comedy Club Entry
London 2.3 km
£5.00 from £2.50
50% discount_off
Pizza with Cocktail and Live Entertainment for Two or Four at The Cavendish Arms (Up to 56% Off)
Pizza, Cocktail and Entertainment
Stockwell London 2.3 km
£36.00 from £17.00
52% discount_off
Guided Tour of London Stadium, Child, Adult, Concession or Family Tickets (Up to 15% Off)
Adult (£14.45), Child (£8.5) Guided Tour of London Stadium
London Stadium 5.4 km
£10.00 from £8.50
15% discount_off
Cabaret Show with Three-Course Dinner and Cocktail for Up to Ten at Proud Embankment (Up to 58% Off)
Cabaret Show with Dinner
London 0.8 km
£70.00 from £29.95
57% discount_off

Circus in London: things to know before you go

The circus may have evolved since the days of P.T. Barnum and Co, but thankfully it hasn’t lost any of that signature vivacious showmanship. What can you expect to see at the circus? Here’s everything you need to know about the circus in London.

Are circuses still touring today?

The classic touring circus lives on, although it has changed a lot over the past few decades. Many of the questionable animal acts have long since been banished to the past, but that doesn’t mean the circus is any less dazzling. Circus Zyair is an example of a company that likes to whisk you back in time to keep traditions going, bringing the big top to town along with its ragtag crew of acrobats, clowns and jugglers showing off their talents, including some nerve-tingling high wire work.

For something a bit less conventional, try finding circus deals in London for Cirque du Soleil’s arena show, Toruk: The First Flight. It tours the world and is based on James Cameron’s Avatar –delivering an amazing spectacle by the clown-car-load.

What are some typical circus acts?

The beauty of the circus is that no two shows will ever be the same. The range of talent on offer, from death-defying acts of daredevilry to the downright weird, means you’ll see something new and electrifying every time. Classics include trapeze artists, high-wire walkers and clowns. Then there are the sideshow acts outside the main event – such as fire eaters, the bed of nails, stilt walking and more.

Other weird and wonderful acts you might see listed at a circus show include hair hang, buffoonery, artistic cycling, the human cannonball and knife throwing. Whatever you do, don’t try any of these at home!

What do you see at a circus?

Going to the circus in London used to mean a big tent filled with a heaving crowd, bearded ladies, men on tiny motorbikes performing stunts and exotic animals you wouldn’t normally see outside of the zoo.

Times have changed now – you’re certainly going to see fewer animals (you’ll need the zoo for that). You’re more likely to see adrenaline-pumping dance acts rather than an old-school ringmaster.

What you will get is drama, thrills and plenty of comedy. Spectacle and joy are still the name of the game, and if you don’t gasp at least once then you haven’t got your money’s worth.

Who are some of the most famous circus performers?

Circus history is filled with famous performers in various disciplines from around the world. Two of our favourites are Zazel ‘the human projectile’ and The Great Blondin. Zazel, born Rosa Richter, was the world’s first human cannonball. The cannon in question was actually a spring-based mechanism with a gunpowder charge added for extra flair, but that didn’t stop her wowing the crowds when she first took flight into a waiting net in 1877.

Unfortunately, being a human cannonball doesn’t come with the greatest career prospects and in 1891 she retired after missing the net and breaking her back.

Charles Blondin was a French acrobat who cemented his legacy when he strolled across the Canadian/American border, albeit atop a tightrope strung over the Niagara Falls. It’s a feat he repeated multiple times over the years, ramping it up by pushing a wheelbarrow, wearing a sack on his head and even stopping to cook an omelette halfway across.