The best clubs in west London

East London isn't the only place for a trendy night out – here are some venues that are holding their own on the other side of town



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Love & Liquor

Opened in the last few months, this weekend-only dancing spot is modelled on the chic dive bars commonly found in hipster HQ (aka Williamsburg, NYC). It’s already upped the area’s cool quotient with appearances from house king Seth Troxler and a residency from swoonsome actor-cum-DJ Idris Elba. Expect some bassbin-bothering beats from Mike Skinner, the artist formerly known as The Streets, when he takes to the decks this Friday. Looking ahead, May sees the launch of Vice Motel – a night of tongue-in-cheek ’90s nostalgia featuring a DJ set from Sophie Ellis Bextor and even some Tamagotchi-inspired cocktails you can nurse like the egg-shaped computer pets.

  1. 34 Kilburn High Rd, NW6 5UA
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Under the Bridge

It may be located below the home of Chelsea FC, but don’t expect a ‘Footballer’s Wives’ crowd at Ritual – a new flagship disco-house night held monthly at this surprisingly awesome venue. After launching in February, Ritual has been giving Fulham a much-needed injection of street cred, thanks to DJs such as disco ace Greg Wilson and the booty workin’ Hervé. Ample booths line the room, but the focus is squarely on the dancefloor – which is illuminated by a gently trippy LED screen behind the DJs. Head down this Saturday for London house legends X-Press 2, Norse disco ace Prins Thomas and a vibe that’s made in Chelsea but thankfully lacking any Caggies or Binkys.

  1. Stamford Bridge Fulham Road, SW6 1HS
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Paradise By Way of Kensal Green

Don’t write off this unusual hybrid of a boozer, a restaurant and a decadent dance space just because its name stems from a poem by GK Chesterton. As well as being a quirky pub downstairs, this nine-syllabled nightspot does a roaring trade in classy beats upstairs. Look out for Heartbeat – a monthly session which prides itself on being west London’s only disco night. Damon Martin from DJ crew Disco Bloodbath is in charge for the next one this Friday, while in May, 6 Music’s Huey Morgan throws a bash with local legend Don Letts. Paradise’s proximity to Notting Hill means it rocks on Carnival weekend too – with big names like DJ Zinc tearing it to smithereens last year.

  1. 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 4AE
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Westbourne Studios

Any venue with a DJ in charge gets a big thumbs-up from us. Former Cream resident Seb Fontaine is the creative director of this vast new space located directly under the Westway. The white walls and swathes of palm trees surrounding the dancefloor give off strong Balearic vibes, which work in tandem with the venue’s house-focused bookings. Recent guests include Tiefschwarz and fellow hntz-hntz cadets Zombie Soundsystem – both making generous use of the Funktion-One sound system installed. Float your boat? Then head down on the May bank holiday, as Underworld’s Darren Emerson leads the charge at the twelfth anniversary of Fontaine’s Type parties.

  1. 242 Acklam Rd, W10 5JJ
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Daniel Ganton
Daniel Ganton

This selection is absolute rubish! I can't believe I actually came here for advise on where to go out and you are not listing at least 5 - 6 that are amazing places with offerings much superior to most of the places you are actually listing and they are not necessary ultra posh or out of touch. Just a proper good party for happy people. It seems that everyone that works on time out are just scruffy east-enders but even that is no excuse not to be able to judge west or central london. Completely shocked, a name as big of time out should be able to offer something to every type of people not just alternative nights. Specially with the amount of tourists and international crowd London has.

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