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London's new clubbing spaces

After a spate of closures, thank heavens some fresh nightlife spots are opening up. We pick the best new rooms for manoeuvre

By Oliver Keens
Dance Tunnel
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Dance Tunnel

Clubs Dalston
Perfect for subterranean sessions

Disco bar Dalston Superstore is extending its reach down Kingsland Road in some cool ways. First, they opened Voodoo Ray’s pizza parlour (boasting the ultimate disco snack – a ‘Giorgio Moroder’ pizza). Next up is this excellent new club spot located below it. An anonymous black door leads you to a dimly lit space that’s tailormade for dancers and unforgiving to wallflowers. Leaving the cheese to the folks upstairs, excellent promoters like Huntleys & Palmers, Vikings and Wax’d have a bevy of cutting-edge house and techno spinners lined up over the coming months.

Loft Studios

Nightlife Kensal Green
Perfect for decadent disco dancing

The humble attic space has been synonymous with underground clubbing since New York DJ David Mancuso named his revolutionary disco parties ‘The Loft’ in the early ’70s. This reconditioned foundry in a quiet pocket of Kensal Green fits nicely into this lofty lineage – thanks in part to a fondness for DJs who work the more soulful side of house and disco till the small hours. The main dancefloor room’s high-vaulted ceilings and exposed brickwork give it the feel of a party at a millionaire playboy’s apartment, while the outdoor terrace spaces will definitely come into their own once it finally stops snowing.
Body & Soul at Oval Space
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Oval Space

Nightlife Nightlife venues Bethnal Green
Perfect for big-room raving

It’s fitting that such an impressive venue should sit beside a giant landmark that marks it out dramatically in the skyline. Located at the base of a disused gasworks off Hackney Road, this enormous hangar-style space is 6,000 square feet of fun and one of the most impressive things to hit London nightlife in ages. It’s already hosted the triumphant return of funky house god DJ Harvey after his ten-year exile in America, as well as back-to-back sets from Erol Alkan and Justice, while revered London party people Secretsundaze have taken the plunge and scheduled two bashes there for later in the year.

Tipsy Bar

Nightlife Dalston
Perfect for free and easy late-night frolics

Contrary to the increasingly old-fashioned stereotype, it’s perfectly possible to have an unpretentious night out in Dalston. Tipsy has recently become a one-stop shop for no-frills, all-fun partying since opening at the start of 2013. Free admission and scruffy decor means it’s not the domain of wad-flashers and fashionistas. All sorts have been piling in, especially since the nearby Efes snooker hall lost its licence in February. While upstairs is for carousing, the basement dancefloor is the hub – with nights like R&B-fest Man Down and Hipsters Don’t Dance giving its PA system what for.

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