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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One-Hour Trampoline Jump Session for Up to Six at ZAPspace (Up to 48% Off)
One-Hour Trampoline Jump Session
Stratford 5.8 km
£12.00 from £7.50
38% discount_off
One Session of Indoor Bouldering with Introduction and Day Pass for 12+ at The Arch or Arch Acton (70% Off)
Indoor Climbing with Introduction
Multiple Locations 6.0 km
£33.00 £10.00
70% discount_off
One-Hour Water Park Session for Up to Four at Thorpe Lakes (25% Off)
One-Hour Water Park Session
Thorpe Lakes 18.6 km
£20.00 from £15.00
25% discount_off
London Zoo Entry Ticket
London Zoo Entry Ticket
London 2.0 km
460+ bought
Single Entry for Child, Adult or Family of Four at Moby Golf (Up to 34% Off)
Moby Golf Entry: £4.75 Child, £6.25 Adult
Romford 11.8 km
£7.25 from £4.75
34% discount_off
18 Holes of Mini Golf for Up to Four or a Family at Captain's Bay Adventure Golf
18 Holes of Mini Golf, Hendon
Hendon 7.8 km
Pet and Play with Miniature Pigs for Up to Four or Pig Enthusiast for Up to Two at Kew Little Pigs (Up to 53% Off)
Pet and Play with Miniature Pigs
Amersham 24.3 km
£30.00 from £16.00
47% discount_off
Outdoor Cinema Ticket for One or Two at Multiple Locations (Up to 52% Off)
Outdoor Cinema Ticket
Multiple Locations 1.1 km
£12.50 from £6.00
52% discount_off
Eagle Heights Animal Sanctuary: Entry for One or Two (40% Off)
Animal Sanctuary Ticket
Eagle Heights 16.8 km
£9.95 from £5.95
40% discount_off
One-Hour Water Park Session with Wetsuit Hire for Up to Four at Aqua Bounce UK (25% Off)
One-Hour Water Park Entry
Fairlop Waters 11.3 km
£20.00 from £15.00
25% discount_off
18-Hole Adventure Mini Golf for Child, Adult or Family at Mr Mulligan’s Adventure Golf (Up to 30% Off)
18-Hole Adventure Mini Golf: Child (£3.15), Adult (£5.25)
Multiple Locations 10.3 km
£4.50 from £3.15
30% discount_off
One-Hour Climbing, Coaching and Day Pass for One or Two at Strong Hold London
One Indoor Climbing Session
London 6.3 km
£33.00 from £10.00
70% discount_off
Two-Hour Ski or Snowboard Adult Group Lesson at The Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead (Up to 52% Off)
Two-Hour Ski or Snowboard Lesson
Hemel Hempstead 21.7 km
£69.00 £33.00
52% discount_off
BODY WORLDS London Museum Experience, 11 May - 30 June, London Pavilion (Up to 16% Off)
BODY WORLDS London: Child (£16), Adult (£22.50)
Body Worlds Experience London 0.4 km
£19.00 from £16.00
16% discount_off
Guidebook, Hot Meal, Beer or Wine, and Butterbeer at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Warner Bros. 17.8 km
London Museum of Water and Steam: Adult or Family Entry (Up to 42% Off)
Museum Entry, Kew Bridge
Kew Bridge, London 7.2 km
£11.25 from £6.50
42% discount_off
Entry to Soft Play Area for Up to Four at Bramley's Big Adventure (Up to 54% Off)
Soft Play Area for Two
London 4.0 km
£17.50 from £8.00
54% discount_off
The Cake & Bake Show, 4–6 October at ExCeL (Up to 46% Off)
The Cake & Bake Show
ExCel 6.5 km
£15.75 from £8.50
330+ bought
46% discount_off
Climbercise Fitness Workout Sessions at Clip ‘n Climb Chelsea
Climbercise Fitness Workout Session
London 3.4 km
£19.50 from £11.95
39% discount_off
Paintball with 100 Balls and Light Lunch for Five, Ten or 15 at Paintball Networks, Multiple Locations (96% Off)
Paintball Experience with Light Lunch
Multiple Locations 9.3 km
£112.39 from £5.00
96% discount_off
45-Minute Escorted Horse Ride for Up to Six at Kingsmead Equestrian Centre (Up to 36% Off)
Individual or Group Horse Riding
Warlingham 13.4 km
£30.00 from £24.00
20% discount_off
Mini Flipper Trampoline Jump Session for One Toddler and One Adult at Flip Out Brent Cross (25% Off)
Mini Flipper Trampoline Session
Brent Cross 6.2 km
£10.95 £8.20
25% discount_off
30- or 60-Minute Karting Session for One or Two at Rye House Kart Raceway (Up to 48% Off)
30-Minute Karting Session
Hoddesdon 18.7 km
£56.95 from £29.95
47% discount_off
Mind Body Soul Experience, 18-20 October at Alexandra Palace, London (Up to 54% Off)
Mind Body Soul Experience 
Alexandra Palace 5.9 km
£24.00 from £11.00
54% discount_off
Little Baby Bum Live, 23 July–3 August at Troubadour White City Theatre (Up to 26% Off)
Little Baby Bum Live
Troubadour White City Theatre 4.4 km
£16.50 from £12.25
26% discount_off
One or Three Group Tennis Lessons at Wood Vale (Up to 67% Off)
Group Tennis Lesson
London 5.2 km
£10.00 from £6.00
40% discount_off
Animal Park Entry and Alpaca Walk for One or Two at Eagle Heights (Up to 50% Off)
Animal Park Entry and Alpaca Walk
Eagle Heights 16.8 km
£35.00 from £22.00
37% 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.