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Five places to dance the night away in London

Guy Parsons

Rhythm is a dancer, and a dancer is you. Here's where to go when nowhere else will do...

Peckham's party central: The Bussey Building (10pm–5am)

SE15’s once-threatened multi-floor concrete block of a nightspot is now safe, which means that it can continue its mission to keep south London shaking its tail feathers till the wee hours. Consistently bringing in some of the best names on the underground and alternative dance scene, and with one of the city’s most accessible soul and funk nights (The South London Soul Train) it’s a dusk-till-dawn draw all year round. It’s especially great in the summer when they open up the rooftop so you can dance beneath the stars. See what's coming up.

Hackney's late-night treat: The Pickle Factory (10pm–6am)


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Bucking the trend of London clubs shutting, the Pickle Factory is a recently opened addition to Oval Space in Hackney, and a gem of a venue in a former… well, you can probably guess. Instead of gherkins, it now provides intimate rave vibes, such as the dawn-treading Secretsundaze All Night Long nights, combined with some bleeding-edge DJ bookings. Here's what's next.

No sleep till Brixton: Phonox (until 4am)


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Another much-needed new club space is Brixton spot Phonox, which used to be Plan B until it was taken over by the team behind XOYO last year. Now it combines a sleek space for dancers with programming that brings huge names from the DJ universe to south London, such as Bicep, Jackmaster and Ben UFO. Here's what's on.

Elephant & Castle's after-after party: Corsica Studios' Jaded (5am–3pm, Sundays)


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As one of London’s longest running after-hours shindigs, Jaded attracts 500 diehard ravers to Elephant & Castle’s Corsica Studios every Sunday. The vibe is raw, loose and intoxicating.

From Wigan Pier to Oxford Circus: The 100 Club (midnight–6am)

Dingy in a civilised way, the 100 Club, Oxford Street’s home of trad jazz, pub rock and punk, throws a northern soul all-nighter most months. Flail the whole night away at the next instalment on April 2.

Two left feet? See our guide to 52 late-night bars in London.

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