Category: Going Out

Having launched on Old Compton Street late last year, HIPCHIPS has set out to reinvent the potato crisp and bring an entirely new eating concept to Soho. Freshly cooked and served straight to diners on a conveyor belt, HIPCHIPS pairs hand-made potato crisps with a diverse range of delicious savoury and sweet fresh dips. Creating new flavour combinations and a novel approach to sharing, HIPCHIPS has transformed the way Londoners consume this everyday British classic.

HIPCHIPS was born out of an ambition to create the best tasting crisps in the world. Run by head chef Scott Davis who has spent the last two years developing the concept in his kitchen, HIPCHIPS treats the humble potato crisp with the same care and attention usually reserved for fine dining.

Hand crafted and cooked in front of guests, HIPCHIPS uses five heritage and vintage potato varieties to make its crisps. Grown in the North Of England, each potato used by HIPCHIPS has its own unique natural colour and flavour, resulting in a range of vibrant, delicious and distinctive crisps. Scott Davis (Providores, Mirabelle, Fifty St James) has used his vast knowledge and experience of diverse culinary styles and flavours to create a unique menu of dips that are influenced by classic British pairings and international flavours. From Katsu curry and Baba Ganoush to Moroccan Yoghurt and pickled onion cheese fondue, these moreish dips are all made from the finest seasonal ingredients, and designed to mix, match and share with friends.

While many of us Brits wouldn’t dream of combining potatoes with dessert, Davis's innovative menu offers up a variety of sweet dip options and with it, a novel experience for the taste buds. HIPCHIPS crisps are dusted with cinnamon sugar instead of salt and perfectly matched with classic ‘pudding dips’ such as rhubarb & custard, S’mores & chocolate and salted caramel dip combinations.

“I’ve taken my inspiration for the sweet crisps from doughnuts by sprinkling the them with cinnamon sugar as soon as they come out of the fryer. These with the dips really form a classic pairing, which we l change weekly and seasonally “ The potatoes used for HIPCHIPS crisps include:
• Highland Burgundy 1936 - Deep red flesh, firm to the bite potato with a deep crunch
• Salad Blue 1900 - Skin and flesh are both a deep strong blue with a delicate flavor
• Shetland Black 1923 – Yellow flesh with blue vascular rings, an earthy potato with a floury texture.

Examples from the dip menu (priced from £4.50) include:
• Veggie Ceviche (V)- Chunky tomato, lime, coriander, red onion and plenty of chilli
• Smokey Cheese Fondue Picked Red Onion (V)- Smokey, rich, sweet and acidic
• Beetroot & Lemongrass Marmalade (V) - A blend of beetroot, lemongrass and Vietnamese salty caramel, best eaten with crème fraiche
• Chocolate Nutella with praline & crème fraiche mousse
• Chocolate Salty Caramel Cheesecake

Crisps and dips go hand in hand with beer and wine, and HIPCHIPS have matched the food with a carefully curated selection of craft beers, wines, cocktails and soft drinks. The Soho venue is the perfect spot to hang out and share food in a friendly environment, and late night hours means that hungry Soho revellers can enjoy crisps and dip until late.

HIPCHIPS also offers all of its crisps and dips to take away. Served in specially designed boxes, HIPCHIPS make the ideal party or BBQ addition, office sharing platter, or accompaniment to a night in with the latest boxset. For bigger events, HIPCHIPS can provide their crisps and dips in larger amounts to order, or from their own branded stall – perfect for festivals, weddings and large corporate events.

49 Old Compton Street

Monday-Thursday 12pm-11pm
Friday- Saturday 12pm-midnight
Sunday 12pm-10pm

After being the talk of the town throughout summer, the truly unique Magic Roundabout has raised the bar once more with exciting plans to transform the site for winter, into a tented, heated, ‘Decades’ inspired wonderland.

Stepping through Old Street tube station you’ll take the stairs through Time and Space and pop up into a homage to the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The brand new themed areas include a slightly bonkers version of Woodstock with some serious flower power and a super sexy 1970s Playboy lounge, complete with sheepskins and log fire. The Main Bar will be an all out 80s disco with futuristic art and palm trees and finally, the VIP Area will take you right back to the early 90s; oh the patterns, oh the Fresh Prince colours!  

The winter relaunch also sees Smokin’ Lotus take the reins from White Men Cant Jerk who are off to pastures new. Smokin’ Lotus is the creation of Rosalind Chick who uses old family recipes as inspiration for her BBQ menu. In just two years Smokin’ Lotus has risen through the ranks and was voted no 42 in Time Out’s top 50 street food traders 2017. The main ingredients are smoked in Rosalind’s home-built smokehouse and the 11 hour slow smoked beef brisket with hoisin sauce and Japanese-style creamy potato salad mash cannot be recommended highly enough. Smokin’ Lotus will complete the award winning street food offering for winter which already includes Skins and Burger Bear.

Throughout Autumn and winter the venue will play host to a huge range of events, highlights include an immersive Halloween party on 28th October in collaboration with Budweiser, a Liquid D&B party from Sine with Commix headlining on 4th November and our Wasted Chic Christmas Market on 5th December. The venue is also available for private hire throughout the season and makes a very original Christmas party venue for groups of up to 500. You can check out the full line up of events and the Christmas Brochure, plus make enquiries via the website:

The Magic Roundabout,
16 St Agnes Well,
London, EC1Y 1BE

Located INSIDE Old Street Tube Station, just walk along the shopping concourse and our staircase is opposite Nincomsoup.