The best hip hop nights in London

Looking for more rhymes and riddims in your life? We've got the rap on the freshest parties in town

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The Doctor’s Orders

For when you want star names

The Doc’s Orders have hosted more hip hop legends over the years than you’ve had hangovers. So put yourself in their capable hands and absorb the sounds of awesome artists, including producer-to-the-stars Just Blaze, Will Smith's bessie Jazzy Jeff and hip hop royalty Afrika Bambaataa all of whom have graced London courtesy of The Doc’s Orders.

  1. Various London locations
  2. See thedoctorsorders.com for upcoming dates

Hip Hop Karaoke

For when you’ve been necking gin and juice...

Who hasn’t stood in front of a mirror, rhyming (and flexing) along with LL Cool J to ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’. Now’s your chance to wow the public with your rhymes, karaoke-style, at this long-running party.

  1. The Social, 5 Little Portland St, W1W 7JD
  2. Every Thursday
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Southern Hospitality's Players Ball

For when you want to get low...

If you like your rap served on-trend, low-down and Southern US-style (harder and grittier), let Southern Hospitality be your musical sommeliers. Think Rick Ross, Gucci Mane and dirty beats.

  1. Plan B
  2. See facebook.com/PlayersBallUK for upcoming dates
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Gold Teeth

For when you want to just wanna grrrind…

Hip hop purists, look away now. This gritty club night unapologetically mashes-up hip hop with garage, R&B, grime, bass and pop. In the past, Gold Teeth have hosted a Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child edition and a Kanye West birthday special, which should give you an idea of their varied vibe.

  1. Brixton Jamm, 261 Brixton Rd, SW9 6LH
  2. See facebook.com/goldteeth for upcoming dates
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Gully Live

For when you want something unique

Primarily a showcase for live acts rather than a regular club night, Gully is a gay hip hop party, founded by rapper QBoy and DJs MistaMaker and Ninebob. Alongside new hip hop talent playing live, you can also hear DJs spinning grime, dubstep and crunk at this nomadic, occasional event.

  1. The Old Blue Last, 38 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3ES
  2. See facebook.com/gullyhiphop for upcoming dates
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OG Lounge

For when you’re an old-skool playa

‘OG’ here stands not for 'original gangster’, but 'older generation' – it’s a weekly Friday hip hop night for ancients (over-25s), again run by The Doctor’s Orders. Just don’t lose your false teeth when you’re spittin’ rhymes to those classic cuts in the swanky Soho bar setting of Bitter Sweet.

  1. Bitter Sweet, 4 Kingly Court, W1B 5PW
  2. Every Friday
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Supa Dupa Fly

For when you want to re-live the ‘90s

The ‘90s was a goldmine for classic hip hop and R&B jams, and this full-fat fun night at Camden’s Jazz Café (on every second Friday of the month) reminds us why. You might just see the ghosts of Biggie and Tupac here.

  1. Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, NW1 7PG
  2. Every Friday
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Livin' Proof

For when you want the hippest hip hop in town

The only time this crew take their finger off the pulse is to grab another killer record. As well as ace residents playing the most wide-eyed and freshest hip hop, Livin’ Proof also have a great pedigree for underground, trailblazing guests, having hosted Flatbush Zombies, DJ Khali and rabble-rousing rap god Danny Brown in the past.

  1. Various London venues
  2. See livinproof.co.uk for upcoming dates

Trap93

For when you’re craving bass

Trap? What the hell is that, then? Since you ask, it’s a hybrid of Southern US hip hop, punchy beats, fast rhythms and bass, sometimes mixing in dubstep bits and other dancey genres. There’s a lot of chatter about the pros and cons of trap, and you can judge for yourself at nomadic club night Trap93, where there’s oodles of the stuff alongside traditional hip hop.

  1. Various London locations
  2. See trap93.com for upcoming dates

DJ Format

For when you’re feeling funky

Representing the looser, lighter side of hip hop, UK beat-spinner DJ Format holds down a bi-monthly residency at west London boozer Paradise By Way of Kensal Green. As well as easy-going hip hop breaks, classic funk and soul are high on the agenda here.

  1. Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 4AE
  2. Bi-monthly. See theparadise.co.uk for upcoming dates
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Hip Hop Pub Quiz

For when you’re feeling brainy

Another nugget from The Doctor’s Orders, this bi-monthly quiz at Shoreditch’s Book Club will frazzle those under-used brain cells as you battle it out to claim the Hip Hop Pub Quiz Champions’ Belt.

  1. Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH
  2. Bi-monthly. See thedoctorsorders.com for upcoming dates
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R & She

For when you’re singing along to Destiny’s Child’s ‘Survivor’

Rocking an all-female playlist, bi-monthly party R & She fires up the dancefloor of Dalston’s Vogue Fabrics with hip hop and R&B from the ‘90s to present-day. Get your groove on to artists such as Azealia Banks, Rihanna, Kelis, TLC, Missy, Neneh Cherry, Beyoncé and Alicia Keys.

  1. Vogue Fabrics, 66 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 7XB
  2. Bi-monthly. See voguefabricsdalston.com for upcoming dates
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Looking for more rhymes and riddims in your life? We've got the rap on the freshest parties in town The Doctor’s Orders For when you want star names The Doc’s Orders have hosted more hip hop legends over the years than you’ve had hangovers. So put yourself in their capable hands and absorb the sounds of awesome artists, including producer-to-the-stars Just Blaze, Will Smith's bessie Jazzy Jeff and hip hop royalty Afrika Bambaataa all of whom have graced London courtesy of The Doc’s Orders. Hip Hop Karaoke For when you’ve been necking gin and juice... Who hasn’t stood in front of a mirror, rhyming (and flexing) along with LL Cool J to ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’. Now’s your chance to wow the public with your rhymes, karaoke-style, at this long-running party. Southern Hospitality's Players Ball For when you want to get low... If you like your rap served on-trend, low-down and Southern US-style (harder and grittier), let Southern Hospitality be your musical sommeliers. Think Rick Ross, Gucci Mane and dirty beats. Gold Teeth For when you want to just wanna grrrind… Hip hop purists, look away now. This gritty club night unapologetically mashes-up hip hop with garage, R&B, grime, bass and pop. In the past, Gold Teeth have hosted a Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child edition and a Kanye West birthday special, which should give you an idea of their varied vibe. Gully Live For when you want something unique Primarily a showcase for live acts rather than a regular c

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