We’ve rounded up some of the best nightclubs in London.
It’s no secret that 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. After long enforced closures due to venue capacity limits and social distancing rules, nightclubs in London are finally gearing up to reopen once more. The confirmation that Freedom Day will go ahead on July 19 means that nightclubs will require no tests or vaccine proof from guests — basically, there’ll be nothing in the way of your regular, pre-pandemic night out. So whether you’re coming to the capital for a crazy weekend or simply fancy re-visiting some of your favourite venues in the city, here is your guide to staying up ’til late-pm in London.
Location: Farringdon | Capacity: 1,600
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! Expect everything from techno, disco, electro, and minimal through to deep house drum & bass, dubstep, grime and other bass heavy sounds. Over 19’s can visit Friday through Sunday, because fabric is ‘never not making noise’. 77a Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ.
Location: Rotherhithe | Capacity: 6,000
No photo quite captures the sheer length of this uniquely shaped venue, and it has rapidly achieved popular status since its opening in 2017. 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. Printworks‘ award-winning music series showcases the best live and electronic music, becoming a vital part of London’s vibrant cultural scene amongst young people today. Surrey Quays Rd, Rotherhithe, SE16 7PJ.
Location: Greenwich Peninsula | Capacity: 3,000, but can extend outdoors to accommodate a further 7,000
Launched in 2019 by the team behind Printworks, Magazine is a purpose-built venue and 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. 11 Ordnance Crescent, SE10 0JH.
Location: King’s Cross | Capacity: 1,000
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, Friday, and Saturday, with DJs playing everything from hip hop to deep house. 200 York Way, N7 9AX.
5. Tobacco Dock
Location: Tobacco Quay, Wapping | Capacity: 10,000 | Listing: Grade I
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. Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF.
Location: Shoreditch | Capacity: 800
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-goers across the city. Their quarterly residency series has seen the likes of Heidi, Bicep and Jackmaster DJ every weekend 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 gigs. 32-37 Cowper St, EC2A 4AP.
Location: Elephant & Castle | Capacity: 1,600
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. 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. 30 years later, this former bus garage is still putting sound at the forefront of everything as ‘the home of dance music’. 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. 103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP.
Location: Elephant & Castle | Capacity: 500
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. 4/5 Elephant Road, SE17 1LB.
Location: Shoreditch | Capacity: 1,000
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! 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ.
Location: Wapping | Capacity: 1,600
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 licence finish. Unit 2, 110 Pennington Street, E1W 2BB.
11. Electric Brixton
Location: Brixton | Capacity: 1,700
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. Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RJ.
12. Brixton Jamm
Location: Brixton | Capacity: 600
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! 261 Brixton Rd, Myatts Field South, SW9 6LH.
Location: Canning Town | Capacity: 600
A former printing plant turned artist-led, community-driven nightclub and arts space with one room, one bar, and one smoking area. You can generally expect heavy techno and electro vibes at FOLD, but this changes throughout the night. Gillian House, Stephenson Street, UK E16 4SA.
Location: Bethnal Green | Capacity: 150
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. 13-14 The Oval, E2 9DU.
Location: Brixton | Capacity: 550
Fridays at Phonox are simple: one dance floor, one great soundsystem, DJs all night. Mantra on Saturdays are co-presented by music legends Skinny Macho, Bossy LDN, Tommy Gold, and P-Rallel playing 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. 418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY.