May bank holiday parties and club nights

An extra day off means an extra day to recover, so take your pick these great parties happening across London over the bank holiday

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A three-day weekend (Sat May 23 – Mon May 25 2015) means only one thing: more time to party. As usual, there's a bounty of great events taking place across the city to suit every taste, so whether you're looking for a tropical pop-up, a boat party, a disco marathon, a rooftop festival or even an immersive cinematic laser tag rave (no, seriously), there'll be something for you in our comprehensive bank holiday party listings below.

Great parties taking place this May bank holiday

Turntables

Critics' choice

This deliciously fun – and just plain delicious – pop-up seriously impressed us last year, so we're chuffed to hear that it's back in town. As before, it's set on and around the considerable terrace space of Hackney Wick canalside venue Shapes and once again, there'll be all kinds of delicious street food on offer, plus summertime cocktails. Once you've filled your boots (okay, your face), get dancing on the decked dancefloor to top DJs spinning deep house, twisted disco, soul, funk and more. Turntables' last season saw Horse Meat Disco, San Soda, Mount Kimbie's Kai, Krankbrother and many more get behind the decks, so expect similarly inspired line-ups this time around.

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119 Wallis Rd Until Saturday August 29 2015 Free

Blow Up

Critics' choice

It's been going for over twenty years, but this club night is still a hugely popular event. At the start of 2015, Blow Up found a new home at Soho basement venue St Moritz Club, where it now holds a weekly Friday residency. Luckily, there's still the same mix of DJs, including head honcho Paul Tunkin, spinning British pop, punk, boogaloo, new wave, Motown, mod anthems and soul from the '60s to the noughties, plus guest live performances from bands such as Big Boss Man and Slug. Super-groovy stuff.

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St Moritz Friday July 10 2015 - Saturday August 1 2015

Memory Box

Critics' choice

As the name suggests, Memory Box delves deep into the history of defining musical genres or scenes over the years, and has unleashed some awesome under-the-radar parties since it began in 2013. Scene-leading DJs from across the years have soundtracked the event – from Altern-8's Mark Archer to Grooverider – and acid house, Balearic, rave, trip hop and breaks have all been explored, by a cast of prime selectors, so prepare for an expertly crafted dancefloor odyssey. Hardcore heroes 2 Bad Mice lead the return of Memory Box in a 'History of Bass' showcase.

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Café 1001 Saturday July 25 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015

Regression Sessions

Critics' choice

Want to hit a club but tired of the painfully too-cool-for-school attitude that prevails at many London clubs? You're not alone, but luckily there is an answer: Regression Sessions. This continually ace party demands that punters leave any sense of being a grown-up at the door and indulge in a night of gloriously silly shenanigans, via loads of interactive and downright bizarre games and activites, plus tons of top party tunes from a huge range of resident DJs on rotation.

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Fire Sunday August 30 2015 - Friday December 11 2015

Summer Tales

Critics' choice

The crew behind Night Tales, a fantastic pop-up party full of creative cocktails, street food, DJs spinning dancefloor-filling tunes and general good vibes, are returning with their next venture – and this time things are getting summery. There's a jungle theme in play, plush hammocks, rope swings and a huge sun terrace. Drinks are served at five bars and as ever, food is a key part of the experience from top London street food vendors and eateries. The soundtracks for this summer extravaganza come from a range of talented DJs and musicians. The organisers are keeping things close to their chest and sticking largely to unannounced line-ups, but considering that Night Tales saw guests like Rudimental, Gorgon City and Will Saul, expect further great DJs to be knocking out stylish beats.

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Red Market Thursday July 9 2015 - Friday August 28 2015

Buttoned Down Disco

Critics' choice

Overdose on hip indie-dance tunes spun by resident DJ Christian Laing and guests. As well as electro and indie-pop mash-up madness, you'll also hear a smattering of cheese and student party anthems, and you can max-out on free sweets and badges, too. Full-throttle fun.

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Koko Saturday August 1 2015 - Sunday September 6 2015

Club De Fromage: Stuff Eurovison Night

Critics' choice

For anyone who's sick of hearing about tonight's Eurovision final (which will be quite a few people, we imagine), London's self-proclaimed silliest pop party could be your saving grace. This anti-Eurovision party will feature songs not connected to the contest in any way, past or present. But there will be tons of great pop hits for you to enjoy instead.

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O2 Academy 2 Islington Saturday July 11 2015 - Saturday September 26 2015

Old School Indie

Critics' choice

Get your Adidas Gazelles cleaned up, put that old Pulp T-shirt in the wash and sort your floppy fringe by Saturday because it's time to throw yourself around to some classic indie anthems. Brought to you by the team behind the long-running Feeling Gloomy nights, expect top-tier floorshakers all night from everyone including Blur, The Beatles, Bowie and Blondie as well as a healthily-cheesy dose of oldies like Stevie Wonder and Elvis on top of giveaways, drinks offers, balloons and all-round silliness. Wear your favourite indie band t-shirt to jump the queue!

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O2 Academy Islington Saturday July 11 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015

The Rhythm Parlour

Critics' choice

Get your beard trimmed while you soak up some disco bliss at monthly pop-up musical barber shop The Rhythm Parlour, set in Rye Wax Records in Peckham's Bussey Building. Turn up, put your name on the list for a haircut or beard/tache trim, sift through Rye Wax's ace selection of records, grab a cocktail, munch some Vietnamese street food and listen to resident and guest DJs spin disco, house and funk while you wait for Ryan MacGregor to trim your fuzz in the barber's chair. Muscle Planet and Twisted Soul Collective supply the tunes at the bank holiday edition. The funkiest follicle-trim in town.

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CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building) Friday August 7 2015

Sunday Sunset Barbecues

These weekly Sunday daytime parties are hosted on the plush seventh-floor terrace of super-cool City pad South Place Hotel throughout the summer. The vibe is cool and glamorous, and there'll be DJs spinning house, funk and disco (from some big names that we just can't reveal yet), plus a special spritzer menu and Michelin-starred chef Tony Fleming grilling the fanciest BBQ food you ever did see.

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South Place Hotel Until Sunday August 30 2015 Free

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