Circo opened in February 2012 in what had been a newsagents. The building was bashed around a bit and heavily extended to the rear to create a really quirky space comfortably holding 80 lovely people inside and a bonus of 40 covers on the rear terrace. Westbourne is an extremely fashionable area of Bournemouth and has masses of good independent shops.
In opening up the building two rooms behind the original shop, which were part of the original living accommodation, were knocked through. In these rooms we've kept the original fag-stained wallpaper, which gives the space a real sense of being in someone’s house. In addition, we kept the original timber floor and the timber-panelled ceiling to the shop, which we simply cleaned up.
Inspired by our local communities, we decided to have a month–long fundraising extravaganza where each Lounge raised money for a charity of their choice and we called it #LocalLounging. So, that’s what we did …and off we all went! We saw…Read more