You don’t have to be a DJ to know that London is blessed with some of the finest clubs on the planet.
Whatever your taste in music and whatever kind of party you’re looking for, London has a huge amount to offer and a host of incredible venues in which to host the fun: from intimate spaces that host full-on techno parties to vast, globally acclaimed clubbing institutions, you’ll never be bored when partying in the city, particularly if you read our guide below to the best venues around.
Over its 16 years, Fabric has established itself as one of London's clubbing landmarks – a reputation built through consistently high quality programming that showcases all strands of the UK's electronic music underground. Located in a former meatpacking warehouse, the club's three rooms are brought to life every weekend with the finest low-frequencies and the deepest grooves in town, as the hip crowds that pack out the dance floor will testify.
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Ministry of Sound
Located in a former bus depot, Ministry of Sound was once the epitome of warehouse cool and is still perhaps the UK’s best-known clubbing venues: thus, any self-respecting fan of dance music in any form should visit Ministry at least once. To be honest, though, once won't be enough when you've seen the fun you can have in this gargantuan beat playground.
Laid out across four bars, five rooms and three dance floors, there’s lots to explore, but even if you've seen it all before, a trip to MoS in 2015 will reveal lots of new additions thanks to the club's extensive refurb at the end of 2013, as well as a shift towards more underground pastures in the music programming, too. The venue's facelift spawned a new courtyard, VIP suite with viewing gallery, and two new balconies, but it wasn't just aesthetics that got spruced-up – the already beefy soundsystem got a tech boost as well.
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Established in 2010, this excellent Shoreditch venue quickly cemented itself as one of the most on-point clubbing spaces and gig venues in London, thanks to a booking selection that ignored genre and simply focused on quality. Scores of London's hippest punters and party-lovers flock to XOYO every weekend to hear the latest DJs, producers (and – on weekdays – bands and singer-songwriters) do their thing over the club's two floors.
With its Mediterranean-styled three floors, garden and enormous terrace, Egg London is big enough to lose yourself in, but manages to retain a reasonably intimate atmosphere. Now blessed with a 24-hour licence, there's still a pleasing balance between style and warehouse-esque raving here, as well as a house music-focused booking policy that regularly pulls in some of the best spinners in the world.
A sprawling club that combines the best elements of underground industrial venues with slicker super-club vibes. Studio 338's multi-million pound refurb turned it into a far, far hipper destination, attracting dedicated dancers from across London and beyond.
World-class house and techno DJs – from the underground side of things – regularly spin sets at S338. Another big draw is the all-night terrace, allowing punters to do a bit of alfresco raving even in the unlikely event of rain appearing in London: the terrace is covered, of course. Luckily, the inside of the club is just as appealing, leaning towards the industrial but colourful vibe beloved of many of Berlin's top nightspots.
The Nest has firmly established itself as a Dalston clubbing heavyweight since it opened in October 2010. The club boasts an industrial chic look. Weekly nights like Lemonade and Your Mum's House shout out the club's hip electro and disco credentials and a solid programme of international, alternative DJ's make this an even more appealing venue in which to nest-up for the night.
Prince of Wales
Brixton's multi-floored bar and club the Prince of Wales serves many functions, but its club space and terrace are the jewel in its musical crown. The terrace is arguably the best of any club in London, and summer months see parties led by top crews like of Slide & Get Diverted take place way up high. There's a loose funk, soul, disco and hip hop ethos to PoW's programming, and you're therefore likely to find selectors like Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay and Joey Negro spinning party jams on any given weekend. Alongside that, various house and techno legends also make appearances, playing on both the terrace and the inside section of the club, making PoW a truly versatile venue.
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.
The Qube Project
The Qube Project is the latest nightclub to hit Victoria. With a state of the art sound and lighting system and DJs playing great tracks, The Qube Project is an ideal choice for a night out.
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