Dark Circus Party
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Established and produced by Bourne & Hollingsworth Group in 2009, the people behind Cocktails in the City, The Blitz Party and Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, The Dark Circus Party is London's landmark immersive circus event. London revellers are transported into a world of heady illusion and unbridled spectacle – a party brimming with delectable cocktails, abandoned dancing, curious side-shows and magnificent acrobatic performances.

Throughout the night, the finest acrobatic acts from across the globe twist and turn wildly above guests’ heads, as they mingle with the creatures of the underworld on the circus stage. The Dark Circus Party invites guests to step over to the dark side with a surreal and subversive party, a night of pleasure seeking, mouth-watering cocktails and spectacular entertainment.

Combining Bourne & Hollingsworth’s atmospheric production, original cocktails and innovative theming with striking theatrical performances, The Dark Circus Party bridges the gap between mainstream and niche. Bourne & Hollingsworth transforms the venue recreating the interior of a circus big top tent, with coloured festoon lights, red and white striped draping and tiered seating, whilst creating a circus atmosphere with “freaks and geeks cages”, contortionists and strolling performers.

As with all Bourne & Hollingsworth events, the cocktails take centre stage with delectable creations such as the Ringmaster’s Poison (rum shaken with pineapple and pomegranate, finished with a hint of Maraschino liqueur) and the Circus Royale (vodka shaken with elderflower and lemon, topped with fizz).



The dark circus party

Halloween Special 

Saturday 27th October 2018, 9pm - 3am

Party Address: 13 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH


Prepare to be thrilled, enthralled and enraptured as the Dark Circus Party returns for a special Halloween fright night on Saturday 27th October 2018. Step inside the abandoned circus and become immersed in the shadows of the bazaar as you follow the freaks and geeks in their ghoulish performances. Stare starry-eyed at the enchanting aerialists as they spin from the ceiling, performing marvellous feats of death-defying daring.


On entering the haunted big top, guests will be submerged in a dark and thrilling world where they become part of the entertainment, literally letting them run away with the circus for a night.  The party’s entertainment follows a traditional circus bill, but with a twisted and ghostly spin; caged curiosities breathing fire and swallowing swords, ethereal silks performances, treacherous trapeze acts and bizarre sideshow oddities.

So pick a persona, embrace your inner voyeur and enter the carnival of curiosities for a night of abandoned dancing, breathtaking performances and a magical Halloween spectacle.



The dress code for the evening is strict, as all guests must become part of the Dark Circus troupe: Ring Masters, Burlesque Showgirls, Leopard print leotards, Tattooed Ladies, Sideshow Freaks, Queens of the Flying Trapeze, Animal Masks, Tragic Clowns, Snake Charmers, Lion Tamers and Strong Men.

Anyone wearing jeans, trainers or t-shirts will be refused entry and fed to the lions. So pick a persona, embrace your inner voyeur and enter the carnival of curiosities for a night of abandoned dancing, breathtaking performances and a haunting Halloween spectacle. 

CLICK HERE for inspiration


You’ve got the outfit, now is the time for the finishing touches. We’ve rounded up our favourite how-to videos to make sure you dazzle the room in sheer perfection.

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The Dark Circus Party invites you to enter a world of heady illusion and unbridled visual delight, but if you can’t wait until Halloween for a taste of subversion, then we’ve put together a playlist for 30 minutes of escapism.



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A decadent and dreamy party deserves a similarly subversive cocktail menu, and The Dark Circus Party doesn’t disappoint. To tantalise your taste buds ahead of the party, here’s the recipe for our favourite cocktail The Ringmaster’s Poison – a taste of the circus.

CLICK HERE for the recipe

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