Ministry of Sound
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Posted: Wed Jun 20 2012
Located in a former bus depot, Ministry of Sound was once the epitome of warehouse cool and is still possibly the UK’s best-known clubbing venue. Every self-respecting club junkie should subject themselves to at least one trip to Ministry. Laid out across four bars, five rooms and three dancefloors there’s lots to explore, but even if you've seen it all before, a trip to MoS in 2014 will reveal lots of new additions thanks to the club's extensive, expensive (one million pounds was the figure being thrown around) refurb at the end of 2013. The 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.
Long-running trance night The Gallery has made its home at Ministry of Sound on Fridays (expect large sets from Paul Oakenfold and Sander van Doorn), while the Saturday Sessions chop and change between deep techno, fidget house, electro and much more. If you can’t take the thumping pace in the main arena then why not retire to the aptly named Baby Box, where lesser known DJs sharpen their skills and glitter balls create the illusion of glamour, or the all-new 103 room for more underground names and beats.
The club's 2014 programme is as strong as ever, and there's good reason for clubbers to celebrate when they party at Ministry. There were widespread closure fears in 2013 when planning permission for a block of flats near the club was approved, but potential noise complaints seem to have been solved before they occur, due to 'acoustic glazing' being designed for the housing block. Much to the relief of London's clubbing fraternity, Ministry lives to rave on like a trooper.
What's on at Ministry of Sound
House music, Clubs, Disco
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Went to See the Sebastien Leger show here on the bank holiday (28th May). Was really impressed, The sound System was wicked, Music was great and they sorted out for me and my girlfriend a taxi home really cheaply and Safely which was an issue for my girlfriend for going there. Really enjoyed it, have been before but was really impressed with the club and what it delivered and going to go again soon.