London offers all sorts for lovers of beats and bars, from grime nights to old-school hip hop sessions and even karaoke. If you’re looking for a hip hop club near you, check out these top-dollar hip hop clubs.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prince of Wales
Brixton's multi-floored bar and club the Prince of Wales serves many functions, but its club space and terrace are the jewel in its musical crown. The terrace is arguably the best of any club in London, and summer months see parties (led by top crews like Slide and Get Diverted and Brixton Boogaloo) take place way up high. There's a loose funk, house, soul, disco and hip hop ethos to PoW's programming, and you'll find selectors like Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay and Joey Negro spinning party jams on any given weekend. Alongside that, various house and techno legends also make appearances, playing on both the terrace and the inside section of the club, making PoW a truly versatile venue.