17 Of The Very Best Nightclubs In London
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We’ve rounded up some of the best nightclubs in London.
Coming to the capital for a crazy weekend? Or simply fancy re-visiting some of your favourite venues in the city? As well as the best music venues, London plays host to some of the coolest nightclubs on the planet, seeing the most loved DJs travel from all over the world to perform here. So, here is your guide to staying up ’til late-pm in London. [Featured image: @tobaccodock]
fabric officially opened in October, 1999 – just in time to begin serving a new millennium of ravers from across the world. The Farringdon club was conceived by people that go to clubs, for people that go to clubs. The space boasts three separate rooms: two with stages for live acts, one with a ‘bodysonic’ vibrating dancefloor, and all with their own independent sound systems – allowing clubbers to feel the music through their skeletons, via their ears, and even their feet! On Fridays, expect drum & bass, dubstep, grime and other bass heavy sounds, with occasional forays into techno, electro and house. Saturdays and Sundays are a mix of house, techno, tech house and electronica. Over 19’s can visit any day of the week, because fabric is ‘never not making music’.
No photo quite captures the sheer length of this uniquely shaped venue. Though merely a toddler in comparison to fabric, this venue has rapidly achieved popular status in its two years in the city. Once home to the largest printing factory in Western Europe, the original aesthetics, giant machines and printing presses have been preserved to create a stunning, industrial environment for a dynamic array of events. Their award-winning music series showcases the best live and electronic music, becoming a vital part of the London’s vibrant cultural scene amongst young people today.
Printwork’s latest project really is a new born baby, only opening September 2019. According to owners, this purpose-built venue is the largest of its kind in London, boasting a 3,000 capacity interior which can extend to accommodate a further 7,000 people across the venue’s outdoor showground. Located in the heart of Greenwich Peninsula, Magazine offers breath-taking views of Canary Wharf, which makes for a truly magical end of your night/start of your morning, as the sun rises above this beautiful modern venue.
Based in an old victorian warehouse, Egg has a 24-hour licence so you can party all night long, just like Lionel. Expect Big Nights Out every Tuesday to Saturday, with DJs playing everything from hip hop to deep house.
5. Tobacco Dock
Over two centuries, this venue has worn many different identities. Starting in 1812 as a hub for wine, (unsurprisingly) tobacco, and other precious cargo arriving from the New World, Tobacco Dock originally spanned across 70 whole acres. Listed timbers and curved brick vaults have witnessed trade deals, a tiger attack, sleep deprivation challenges and Victorian tasting days. It has lived as a storage facility, a shopping centre, and now? It plays host to some of the most unforgettable club nights. Having scooped many local and national awards over the years, it is pretty much guaranteed you will have an amazing night at Tobacco Dock.
Appropriately located in the quirky and charismatic borough of Shoreditch, XOYO spans across two floors, with a killer soundsystem that has defined the club as a late-night destination for party-ers across the city. Their quarterly residency series has seen the likes of Heidi, Bicep and Jackmaster DJ every Friday for three months, and there is no doubt they have more of the world’s biggest, talented and most loved DJs lined up for future Friday slots 🎉On Saturdays, you will hear the sounds of what ‘XOYO loves’, with the club scheduling DJs and live acts that they are feeling right now. On weekdays, XOYO hosts unique live music performances, such as orchestra renditions of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Sneak Tuesdays are all about house, tech and bass — with £2.50 drinks thrown in for good measure.
7. Ministry of Sound
The first night at Ministry of Sound consisted of no alcohol, three flashing lights, and moody security, who—unless you knew the names of at least half-a-dozen Chicago house DJs—were never going to let you through their prison-like gates (and yes, that is according to their official website). You may be surprised to hear that the night was a success, and within weeks, anyone who was anyone on the London club scene had heard about this new spot that had landed in the centre of the city. Nearly 30 years later and this former bus garage is still putting sound at the forefront of everything. World class DJ talent is divided between four rooms, but head to The Box to experience the world’s first room in a nightclub built purely for exceptional sound quality, with towering speaker stacks, millions of watts of bass and triple-thick absorbing walls making for a whole-body experience. This is also the first ever club to use Dolby Atmos, giving artists the power to control where certain sounds are sent across the space.
8. Corsica Studios
Found within two railway arches in Elephant and Castle, Corsica Studios is a hidden underground gem. Recently awarded ‘Best of British 2019’ Small Club of the Year by DJ Mag, this legendary spot hosts a range of different club nights and events, ranging from all-night techno parties to live alt-rock gigs. The venue is licenced to open (and sell booze!) until 6am on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 3am Sunday to Thursday.
9. Village Underground
A creative, cultural hub made of four Jubilee line tube carriages and two shipping containers, hoisted into position on top of an old railway viaduct next to an old Victorian warehouse. Does it get any more London than that? Village Underground opened in 2007, creating an affordable space for creative people to take advantage of, and making their entrance into the arts that bit easier. A brilliant story to match a really brilliant club! If you’re ever in Lisbon, make sure to check out their sister venue, VU Lisboa, also built from recycled shipping containers with eco-design features. Keeping it green on the clubbing scene!
When a club’s launch night consists of a 27-hour party on New Year’s Eve, you know it’s going to be the start of something very special. Though this set the bar high, every event since this final night of 2017 has lived up to expectation, with a Full Fat sound system across two rooms (plus one room for chilling) seeing clubbers through ’til the 7am license finish.
11. Electric Brixton
Once known as The Ace, then The Fridge, and now Electric Brixton. A one million pound facelift gave it an amazing stage with unsurpassed sight-lines, making it the perfect venue for large scale music events in the cool and cultured borough of Brixton.
12. Brixton Jamm
From an 18th century travellers’ inn, to the Ye Old White Horse in the 19th century, and finally a wild music venue throwing parties for the past decade. Having hosted everyone from Hot Chip, Skepta, Massive Attack and Basement Jaxx to Adele, MGMT and Happy Mondays, it’s clearly an awesome space. Oh, and it has a banging outdoor terrace!
A former printing plant ran by former Shapes (Hackney Wick) manager, with one room, one bar, one smoking area, and a 24 hour licence. You can generally expect heavy techno and electro vibes at FOLD, but this changes throughout the night. You could enter at sunset listening to one genre, and leave the following afternoon hearing something completely different. Strictly no photos allowed — just enjoy the music, quite literally all day and all night. This really is a first for the London clubbing scene: it may be only a year old, but we hope this club will be sticking around for a while.
14. The Pickle Factory
Luckily the vinegary smell has now faded and this old industrial space has been converted into one of London’s coolest clubbing venues. The Pickle Factory occasionally joins forces with owners across the road at Oval Space to run huge nights across both venues.
Fridays at Phonox are simple: one dance floor, one great soundsystem, DJs all night. Mantra on Saturdays are co-presented by music legends Highsnoibety and Skinny Macho, and Bossy LDN, Tommy Gold and P-Rallel play on rotation every week (but keep your eye out for collabs and very special guests). Sundays bring a schedule of selectors that have been hand-picked to provide the perfect Sunday soundtrack, digging a little bit deeper to find acts that celebrate the true diversity of global dance music. This is another club that stands by the philosophy ‘dance floors are for dancing’, so phones off and dancing shoes on — let your hair down under that glistening disco ball.
17. Bussey Building
This 120-year-old warehouse was close to being destroyed, until a group of legendary locals protested the plans of the organisation who must not be named (cough cough TfL) and reincarnated the space it into a five floor venue, spanning across Block A of The Bussey Building. Now this cultural hub in south east London hosts leading events not only in music, but theatre, dance, film and art also. The programme is dominated by disco, funk and soul in the Art Cafe, with a decent bit of reggae, afrobeat and dub weaved into the mix, too. Head down to the basement, Rye Wax, where specialities fall into heavier, more experimental music: think techno, electronic, DnB, and more. But The Bussey Building is not a place where genres are super-glued to each floor: you could hear old school dubstep upstairs, or groovy 70s down below — you just never know where the night may go.