The perfect picnic spot at The Circus

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The Circus is a Georgian masterpiece. Built to John Wood the Elder's design and completed in 1768, it's said to have been inspired by the Colosseum in Rome. Arranged over three equal terraces, the 33 mansions form a circle and overlook a grassy disc populated by plane trees. Famous residents have included Thomas Gainsborough, Clive of India, David Livingstone and the actor Nicholas Cage.