29/10/11: We rarely see Circa landlady Alana Wintour as happy as she is at Halloween, when her powers are naturally at their strongest.

Fresh from a restful slumber in her crypt and back in human form, a fantastic party was always sure to follow; and Circa’s first Halloween certainly didn’t disappoint. One of the few homo-leaning venues around to have a late licence until 3am, the little bar that could – and regularly does – was ram-packed with more queens in costume than one of Elton John’s charity cocktail bashes.

Thankfully no Biggins. Couple that with superb sounds from the devilishly doable Adam Turner and Doug Silva, plus a top make up job for the bar boys by androgynous drag diva Jonathan Bestley, and you had the recipe for a witch cacklin’, bone-tremblin’ soiree of epic proportions.


A never-ending hoard of undead studs and blood gushing gyals shuffled past the bubbling cauldrons and waded through the dry ice to gorge themselves on five hours of fresh party flesh.

Yours truly was trying to nibble on the neck of an Italian model dressed as an axe murderer… although the drunken jokes about wanting to stab him from behind were, in hindsight, a severe misstep…

There were howls at the moon when the rabid mob were eventually thrown out into that good morning. A top night: we can’t wait to see what the Circa gang have planned for Christmas!

Circa, 62 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 3JN
Words by Lee ‘Botox Becomes Her’ Dalloway
Photos by Joel ‘Rosemary’s Twink’ Ryder