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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

© Eleonora Cecchini/Anomalous

A three-day weekend (Sat May 2 – Mon May 4 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

Blow Up

Critics' choice

It's been going for over two decades, but this club night is still hugely popular. 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 May 1 2015 - Saturday August 1 2015

Egg London 12th Birthday Weekend

Critics' choice

Still one of the top places for house and techno-heads to get their fix after 12 years, north London rave cave Egg celebrates its 12th birthday with a weekend of prime partying. A stellar cast will be supplying the sonics, including Chicago house innovator and electro-warper Green Velvet and funky Frenchman Dimitri From Paris.

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Egg London Friday May 1 2015 - Sunday May 3 2015

Flamingo Pier

Critics' choice

One of the finest pop-up parties of last summer, Flamingo Pier is back for summer 2015, which is great news for anyone who likes their pop-ups with a dose of tropical indulgence. The action takes place both inside Hackney Wick's Counter Cafe and on the venue's floating pontoon, as well as Counter's moored canalside boat. There'll be DJs spinning deep disco and hip house soundtracks, street food, bespoke cocktails and craft beer from Crate Brewery. For 2015 the Flamingo Pier crew have stepped things up: each night the party will be themed around a different exotic location or 'postcard', with food and drink inspired by the setting. The series launches with Bali, meaning you can enjoy street food from Ayam Happy and Kombucha cocktails, as well as a new steam lager from the Crate crew. Music-wise, Crazy P man Ron Basejam will spin funky jams alongside the FP residents.

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Counter Café Friday May 1 2015 - Friday September 4 2015

Netil360 Bank Holiday Opening Weekend

Critics' choice

The ace rooftop space atop London Fields arts space Netil House is opening for the summer with a four-day extravaganza. Across the weekend there'll be all kinds of fun to explore, including live music, DJs, bars, pop-up street food vendors, the launch of a Skyline Cinema club, giant Jenga, espresso martinis as a hat-tip to London Coffee Festival, massage, yoga, workshops, hot tubs and even a 'Reggae and Recovery' session session on the final day, featuring Dub Plates Kitchen spinning beats and cooking treats.

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Netil360 Friday May 1 2015 - Monday May 4 2015 Free

Nightspot Cinema: Tron Legacy

Critics' choice

An immersive pop-up cinematic laser tag rave, you say? Sure, we can go with that. The pop-up experiential film-themed party series is back, and this time there's laser tag. The crew are screening 'Tron: Legacy' and then throwing a huge Tron-themed bash afterwards. You can rave away to tunes inspired by Daft Punk's Tron soundtrack (from various forward-thinking producers and DJs) and it all takes place in the building that used to be Foyles book shop on Charing Cross Road, which now happens to be a laser tag venue. Yes, you can run around shooting your mates with lasers (pretend ones) as you rave. Faux-futuristic body suits and other sci-fi fancy dress will be very welcome. Remember, people: lasers.

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Star Command Laser Tag Friday May 1 2015 - Saturday May 2 2015

The Paperworks

Critics' choice

South London pop-up The Paperworks is bulging with DJs playing disco, house and funk sets, bespoke bars serving cocktails, street food and special one-off events. Located a few minutes away from top club Corsica Studios (who helped develop the project), the venue is being transformed from winter hideaway to summer party place, with more bars added in and more cool stuff happening. It's open every Thursday-Sunday, and this Sunday features top promoters Love Glove hosting disco DJ Jamie 3:26, plus cocktails and a barbecue.

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The Paperworks Friday May 1 2015 - Sunday August 2 2015

White Heat

Critics' choice

Much-loved and justifiably popular indie-disco mashup club night White Heat has found a new home at iconic north London music boozer and venue The Lexington. As ever, expect an intoxicating mix of alternative dancefloor tracks and underground bands. Tonight, long-standing indie troupe Mystery Jets return to White Heat with pals from London clubbing crew ReviveHER and collaborator pals Sultan Shakes. Disco, boogie and bangers will be on the musical menu.

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The Lexington Friday May 1 2015 - Saturday May 30 2015

We Buy Gold

Critics' choice

The party billed as London's first and only night geared exclusively towards footwork and juke – essentially two related strains of a maniacly skittish mashup of booty house, chopped hip hop, ghetto funk and other Chicago flavours – is back for more full-on fun. Although footwork is the main ingredient, you can also nibble on dub, garage, grime, tropical and hip hop tidbits, all delivered by scene-leading names. Wildly innovative footwork warper DJ PayPal headlines WBG's return, with support from rave monster Warlock and Deville, both playing exclusive 160 BPM sets.

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Birthdays Friday May 1 2015

An Adriatic Odyssey On The Thames

Critics' choice

This boat party is half goodbye to Croatia’s Garden Festival (finishing this summer) and half an excuse for a good dance. Exercise your nautical groove to DJs Dom Chung, Christophe from Futureboogie and the Krankbrother team. Don’t forget your captain’s hat and don't fall in the Thames either. Rave ahoy!

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Tower Millennium Pier Saturday May 2 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 May 2 2015 - Sunday September 6 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) Saturday May 2 2015 - Saturday July 4 2015

Saturday Sessions at Ministry of Sound

Critics' choice

Nu-house hero Doorly showcases his uplifting, soulful and disco-dipped ways behind the decks at the latest instalment of Ministry's long-standing club night. He's also been kind enough to bring along some rather high-profile pals, including Basement Jaxx (playing a DJ set) and Andy Butler of Hercules & Love Affair.

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Ministry of Sound Saturday May 2 2015 - Sunday May 31 2015

The South London Soul Train

Critics' choice

Philadelphia DJ and poet Rich Medina joins host Jazzheadchronic to lead another furiously funky Peckham session, journeying through soulful jazz, rare groove, boogie, P-funk, northern soul, Motown and disco. Standing in the corner and looking moody is not an option here.

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CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building) Saturday May 2 2015

Oval Space Music: 24 Hours with Jeff Mills

Critics' choice

Oh my. This extravaganza runs for an entire day, starting at 23.59 on May 1 and lasting 24 whole hours. Detroit legend Jeff Mills and wonky techno don Kink are two of the experts steering the extended session. You can fuel your marathon with food, coffee and cocktails, but don't worry if you’re not a hardcore hero – you can leave, have a sit down and a cup of rooibos, and then re-enter later on.

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Oval Space Saturday May 2 2015

Boys Noize Records Tenth Anniversary

Critics' choice

Tech-electro behemoth Alex Ridha (aka Boys Noize) celebrates ten years of fearsome dancefloor bangers via his Boys Noize Records label. An esteemed cast of top DJs help soundtrack the fun, including Tiga, Busy P, Mixhell and Riton. Prepare for a heady mix of techno, pounding house, acid, rave, dirty disco and other full-fat flavours.

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Heaven Sunday May 3 2015

Def Mix: David Morales

Critics' choice

US house royalty David Morales has remixed everyone from Madonna to Mariah Carey over his long and illustrious career, and he's still in huge demand as both a DJ and remixer. This is a rare chance to hear Morales working his magic behind the decks in London – at a special party hosted by dance music promotions company Def Mix – so don't miss out if you're after a thoroughly funky way to keep on partying through the bank holiday weekend. Support from Tedd Patter, plus London Disco Society spinning more golden grooves in the Baby Box.

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Ministry of Sound Sunday May 3 2015

Gloria's

Critics' choice

London, prepare to get fabulous. Glitter-drenched party animals Sink The Pink are back with their wildest and most debauched creation yet, Gloria. Expect a prime party fuelled by the energy, eccentricity and ethos of Sink The Pink, and soundtracked by top disco, house and funk DJs.The team are 'bringing uplifting, love-drenched dance music back', say organisers. It'll be a classy collision that appeals both to LGBT and straight communities, though the idea is to leave the labels at the door and lose yourself in a night of fine electronic music and unrestrained fabulousness. The result should be even more fun than watching a cage-fighting match between Gloria Estefan and Gloria Gaynor.

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XOYO Sunday May 3 2015

One Day

Set in Kensington's super-plush Roof Gardens venue, this sky-high party features Dimmi and other DJs spinning sharp house and funk, plus cocktails and a BBQ. Expect a cool crowd and party vibes.

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The Roof Gardens Sunday May 3 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015

Secretsundaze

Critics' choice

One of the most enduring and engaging London parties officially opens its summer 2015 campaign with a beast of a two-part party.

Fred P, Jane Fitz and Joey Anderson spin house and disco at Part One, taking place on Oval Space's terrace from 1pm-10pm. For those who want to keep the party going, Part Two explodes over at The Laundry from 10pm-6am, where you can hear Sterace, Peverelist, Kowton, Linkwood and the Secretsundaze boys Giles Smith and James Priestley spinning deeper and darker tunes.

 

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Oval Space + The Laundry Sunday May 3 2015 - Monday May 4 2015

Slap x Tipple Pop-Up

For one day only, Brick Lane's Canvas Cafe will be transformed into a pop-up cocktail bar and party, allowing you to make the most of that extra-long weekend. The bar itself will be '80s and '90s-themed and unashamedly kitsch, with the look based on classic films from the decades, including 'Cocktail' and 'House Party'. There'll also be an old-school hip hop and R&B playlist to keep the party vibes flowing until midnight. The bar is cash-only, so bring enough moolah to see you through.

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Canvas Cafe Sunday May 3 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 Sunday May 3 2015 - Sunday August 30 2015 Free

Supa Dupa Fly

Critics' choice

Who better to throw the afterparty for hip hop dance festival Breakin’ Convention than ’90s and noughties hip hop experts Supa Dupa Fly. There’ll also be a smattering of R&B and UK garage to mix things up. Better perfect that body popping.

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Plan B Saturday May 2 2015 - Sunday June 21 2015

Up On The Roof

Critics' choice

Norman Jay sure does love those summer rooftop vibes – he returns for another daytime Sunday session perched on the excellent roof terrace of Brixton's ace Prince of Wales. He'll be rolling out a three-hour set that showcases his Good Times Soundsystem funk and soul vibes.

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Prince of Wales Sunday May 3 2015 - Saturday May 9 2015

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