London's Top Clubs

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Ministry of Sound
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Paper Soho | Dirty Harry's | A.A.
The Grand
The Grand
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Village Underground


Occupying former theatres, railway arches, factories, warehouses and newspaper printing presses, many of London's major clubs started out as illegal party venues, and Londoners are used to descending into the ancient heart of their city for a big night out. There's indie, rock, pop and world music in the mix, but it's all-night dance raves on the weekend that are the lifeblood of these huge spaces.

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Head to world-famous Fabric for some serious dancefloor hedonism.

77a Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 3HN

Tube: Farringdon Station , Barbican Station


Built on the site of a Victorian meat cellar, Fabric continues to boast the most sensational line-ups in the capital. Its global reputation is founded on diversity and willingness to showcase new talent alongside its brilliant residents, planning its nights around great music, rather than flying in superstar DJs. Feel the bass bleed through the speakers buried in the floor and recline in style on the famous bed seats at one of their top regular nights. Because it's such a famous brand, Fabric gets horribly crowded sometimes, but the best acts usually don't come on until 3am, when the tourists have gone and the hardcore clubbers have space to party. After agreeing a strict licensing deal with Islington Council in 2016, the club no longer admits under 19s and anyone found with drugs or dealing drugs will be banned for life.



Former theatre KOKO is the life and soul in Camden Town

1A Camden High Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7JE

Tube: Mornington Crescent Station , Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station


KoKo offers a great mixture of live bands and club nights that have put it at the heart of the Camden nightlife. The huge stage, broad balconies and plush upstairs bars are a reminder of its former role as the Camden Theatre (which originally opened its doors in 1900), and the deep red colour scheme, chandeliers and gilt molding give it a decadent air that matches the rock stars who grace the stage. It has an illustrious rock 'n' roll history, having hosted The Clash and the Sex Pistols in the 1970s, and The Eurythmics, Madness and Madonna in the 1980s. It became a much-loved scuzzy rock club in the 1990s, before being restored and reopened in 2004.


Studio 338

London's biggest club brings Ibiza-style partying to the capital.

338 Boord Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 0PF

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Due to a fire in August 2016, Studio 338 is currently undergoing a major refurb. In the meantime, check out their sister venue, The Bridge. 
Studio 338 opened in spectacular style in March 2014, with Mark 'MK' Kinchen, Kevin Saunderson and Kate Simko all on the line-up. With a capacity of 3,000, the vast dance venue is London's biggest nightclub and aims to bring Ibiza-style clubbing to the capital. Equipped with state-of-the-art visual technology and a VOID sound system, it's ideal for major electro and techno nights, and it also doubles as an event space. Located in Greenwich it isn't exactly in the city's clubbing hotspots, but with an all-night outdoor terrace that has hot air pumped into it, you can always pretend you're off on your holidays.


The Printworks

The old printing press warehouse and bee soundproofed and custom-made for clubbing.

1 Printworks, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7PJ

Tube: Canada Water Station


In the halls that once housed the printing presses for the Metro and Evening Standard, The Printworks has created a soundproofed warehouse, custom-made for clubbing. More than a club, the 16-acre Docklands site is a "culture, music and arts space", with six performance spaces under one massive roof. In the main room, state of the art speakers, automated lighting and more than 100 lasers and spotlights make the most of the industrial space. Kicking off with a Seth Troxler-headlined launch event on Saturday 4th February 2017, the opening series has been put together by Snowbombing promoter Broadwick Live who, together with LWE, is programming the venue.


The Grand

A beautiful former music hall with a luminous dance floor and top DJs.

21-25 St John's Hill, Clapham, London, SW11 1TT

Tube: Clapham South Station


Opened in 1900, The Grand is a beautiful and historic former music hall that has since been home to a cinema and a bingo hall. The striking red brick building on St John's Hill is now one of London's top nightclubs, with a high-ceilinged, galleried hall and a luminous dancefloor that you might expect to find in the most sophisticated West End music venues. The grand venue is ideal for a cheery, beer-soaked night with DJ sets accompanied by circus acts and live music from hot new artists. The venue also plays host to film nights, speakeasy swing events and even bingo with a party twist.


Proud Camden

Proud Camden is one of London's most unique clubbing destinations

The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Not the easiest of places to find yet Camden Proud has easily found a place in the hearts of many. This art gallery by day becomes a superb venue for live music and parties at night, attracting up-and-coming eclectic acts as well as established stars such as Peter Doherty, Dizzee Rascal and Amy Winehouse. Located in Camden Stables Market along a cobbled back street, the painstakingly restored venue is spread between a large main room (with huge wooden beams propping up a high ceiling), the quirky stables of the 200-year-old Grade II listed horse hospital and a spacious terrace area with seating and winter-time heating. Individual horse compartments make for an amusing setting to drink and be merry, and can also be hired out for private events. Anyone who fails to be won over by the charm and uniqueness of Proud Camden must have got up on the wrong side of bed. This is a splendid, different and exciting venue with friendly staff, a trendy crowd and enough going on to keep you entertained and coming back for more. If you have yet to visit, we suggest you rectify that as soon as possible.


Corsica Studios

Creative arts venue and much-loved underground clubbing destination

Unit 5 Farrell Court, 4-5 Elephant Road, Elephant and Castle, London, SE17 1LB

Tube: Elephant & Castle Station


A superbly designed two-room club and arts venue that captures the feeling of an illegal party in a squatted industrial space - while still being clean, well-organised and close to central London. There's absolutely no passing trade here (it's pretty hard to find, in fact), so if you want to be sure of a night where everyone is there for the music, this is the place to go. Corsica Studios is home to many of London's oddest and most daring clubbing experiences, with a consistent focus on the cutting edge of electronic and indie experimentation, all played out on two Funktion 1 sound-systems. The opposite of the polished superclub experience available across the road at Ministry of Sound.



Head-scrambling dance music at 24-hour party palace, Egg.

200 York Way, King's Cross, London, N7 9AP

Tube: Caledonian Road Station


The fabulous Egg nightclub was well prepared for the smoking ban, with a fantastic garden and terrace which make it one of London's finest summer clubbing spots. Egg is spread out over three floors and each one has its own distinct look and feel. The ground floor has an industrial look while the loftbar area is much sleeker. Well-programmed nights of house, electro and dirty beats (plus the ever-tempting draw of a 24 license) attract a wild polysexual crowd. It's at its most hedonistic for the Sunday morning after-party Breakfast at Egg, when North London's wildest clubbers converge to watch the sun rise and keep the rave alive.


Ministry of Sound

World famous Ministry of Sound is a clubland institution.

103 Gaunt Street, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6DP

Tube: Elephant & Castle Station


A massive sound system, huge dancefloor and a staggering roster of big name DJs has made sure of Ministry of Sound's place in clubbing folklore. The opening night back in 1991 heralded the explosion of superclubs across the UK. Boasting a crisp, clear, thumpingly loud sound system, and some of the best house DJs of the era, the club attracted thousands of hedonists south of the Thames every weekend. This giddy ascendancy was subsequently translated into various record labels, a clothing company and sister clubs across the globe. Of course, success on such a scale never lasts, least of all in clubland, and the buzz around the venue had stagnated by the late '90s. Thankfully the last few years have seen the brains behind the operation quit resting on their laurels and sort it out. A welcome refurbishment of the interior and a creative injection into the DJ line-up means that Ministry is still well worth a look.



XOYO's cutting edge clubnights are at the centre of the Shoreditch scene

32-37 Cowper Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4AP

Tube: Old Street Station


Spread across two floors on an unassuming street in Old Street, XOYO functions as a living, breathing hub for art, music and cultural happenings. Although the main draw definitely appears to be its eclectic musical programme, their regular clubnights have seen artists such as Jamie xx, Mos Def, Jessie J and The Drums take to the stage, whilst Bugged Out! Neon Noise Project, Upset The Rhythm and Durrr are among the promoters who have signed up to throw parties. XOYO has a capacity of 800 and is spread across two floors; the main room is a high-ceiling basement housing three bars, mobile staging and a D&B soundsystem, while the similarly spacious ground floor also boasts an outdoor smoking terrace.


Electric Ballroom

Historic marketplace by day, iconic indie club by night

184 Camden Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 8QP

Tube: Camden Town Station , Camden Town Station


On weekends, the Electric Ballroom is transformed into a buzzing marketplace crammed with stalls, but during the evenings there's an entirely different kind of activity happening here. Dating back to the 1930s, when it was known as The Buffalo Club, this is one of Camden's longest-serving music venues. Hundreds of up and coming bands have taken to its stage. Everyone from The Clash, to Blur and Sid Vicious have played here. On Friday nights, the club hosts Sin City, which showcases rock and indie bands while Saturday nights are Shake, where you can expect hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s disco and Pop, plus all the current hits.


Paper Soho | Dirty Harry's | A.A.

The notorious nineties nightclub has been reborn eight years after the original closed down.

201-203 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8ZD

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Oxford Circus Station


Paper, the notorious nineties nightclub and scene of celebrity sightings - Keira Knightley, Lindsay Lohan, Helena Christensen and Beyonce were among its A-list fans - is reborn eight years after the original closed down. Forced to shut at its Regent Street home in 2009, when its Piccadilly landlord redeveloped the site, Paper moves to Wardour Street in Soho central. More than a million pounds has been spent creating three venues under one roof - Paper, the club in the basement; a ground floor cocktail bar called Dirty Harry's; and A.A. - which stands for After All - an exclusive, VIP, invite only club. Dirty Harry's, the 350 capacity cocktail bar, turns up the glam factor with live music and dance performances six nights a week.



This renowned club brings together music, dance and food under refitted railway arches.

83 Rivington Street, Kingsland Viaduct, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY

Tube: Old Street Station


Cargo were pioneers of the multi-tasking MDF concept (that's Music-Dance-Food, not cheap fibreboard) and boast one of the most imaginative live music line-ups in the capital, as well as film screenings and art. Fuel up with burgers, pizza and chicken wings, wile away a summer afternoon in their courtyard and groove till the small hours under the refitted railway arches. The music policy covers the full spectrum of London's underground, with a focus on hip-hop, breakbeat and world music, and there are live tunes followed by top DJs most nights.



One dance floor, one sound system and one act all night.

418 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AY

Tube: Brixton Station


In the Brixton space where the nightclub Plan B once stood, Phonox offers a modern approach to clubbing - hang out and have drinks at the bar from 6pm and the same space turns into a club later that night. The venue, split over two floors and with an outside space, is run by Andy Peyton, the man behind XOYO and The Nest. Once transitioned into a club there's one dance floor, one great soundsystem (Funktion One) and one act all night. It's not about selfies and guest DJs - no cameras on the dance floor, please, and there'll be no announced guests, ever. Instead there's a change of DJ every Friday and on Saturdays resident DJ Jasper James, the youngest DJ to ever play at the legendary Sub Club in Glasgow, takes to the decks.



A Nordic inspired music and dining destination.

1A-1C Amhurst Road, London, E8 1LL

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station


Situated next to Hackney Central Station on Amhurst Road, Oslo is a Nordic inspired music and dining destination with capacity of up to 600 over two floors. The venue has been designed as both a daytime hub to meet and eat - it's a burger and some brews sort of place - and a night time destination for clubbing. Its weekly club night 'Valhalla' kicks off upstairs at 10pm while in the first few weeks of opening there were gigs from Dry the River, Chrome Hoof and Indiana. Downstairs the extensive bar includes handpicked ales from local breweries such as Redemption, Five Point's and Sambrook's, alongside top quality wine and spirits, while the menu has been designed by Oslo head chef Dave Ahern, formerly of House of Wolf.


Village Underground

This hip, creative venue is renowned for its one-off club nights.

54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ

Tube: Old Street Station


Easily recognisable for its disused tube carriages elevated well above the ground, Village Underground is an evolving project in Shoreditch building an international platform for creativity and culture. The ex-tube carriages have been recycled to form creative studios and galleries for film, photography, music, design and other artistic endeavours. The impressive warehouse space below is available for hire and is popular as a clubbing venue for one-off nights - Secretsundaze have held some legendary nights here. The eclectic programme also ensures the venue appeals to an eclectic crowd. The beautiful building dates back to Victorian times and still has some of its original features with exposed brickwork and a 10-metre high ceiling punctuated with skylights.


The Pickle Factory

An intimate music venue that's a favourite with the Secretsundaze founders.

13-14 The Oval, London, E2 9DU

Tube: Bethnal Green Underground Station


Directly opposite Oval Space and run by the same team, The Pickle Factory hosts shows, bands and club nights in an intimate and dark space within an old industrial warehouse that was once, you guessed it, a pickle factory. Reinvented as an event venue in 2013, it has been turned into an intimate party space with minimal frills and a special focus on acoustics for live or music-based entertainment. Typically, there are shows during the week while weekends are party nights with Fridays programmed by the in-house team and Saturdays run by promoters. Loved by the founders of Secretsundaze, it's fast becoming one of London's top music destinations.

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