The best clubs in London

From sweaty warehouse rave venues to towering nightlife monoliths, here are London’s best nightclubs
By Time Out London Nightlife |
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You don’t have to be a DJ to know that London is blessed with some of the finest clubs and nights out on the planet. Whatever your taste in music and whatever kind of party you’re looking for, London has a huge amount to offer and a host of incredible venues in which to host the fun: from intimate spaces that host full-on techno parties to vast, globally acclaimed clubbing institutions, you’ll never be bored when partying in the city, particularly if you read our guide below to the best venues around.

 

London’s best clubs

Clubs

Fabric

icon-location-pin Farringdon

Over its 16+ years, Fabric has established itself as one of London's clubbing landmarks – a reputation built through consistently high quality programming that showcases all strands of the UK's electronic music underground.

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The Printworks

icon-location-pin Rotherhithe

Finally, after a destructive few years, there’s some encouraging news for London’s party people. London has a huge new 5,000-capacity music and culture space. The Printworks is a few minutes’ walk from Canada Water station. It’s essentially a massive industrial complex that used to be where newspapers including the Daily Mail were printed. But don’t let that put you off...

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XOYO

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Established in 2010, this excellent Shoreditch venue quickly cemented itself as one of the most on-point clubbing spaces and gig venues in London, thanks to a booking selection that ignored genre and simply focused on quality.

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Dalston Superstore

icon-location-pin Stoke Newington

This Kingsland High Street hangout is a bit of a face on the east London party scene. In true Dalston style it's home to all: popular with a large and diverse LGBT crowd, but welcoming to all and everyone.

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Village Underground

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

You can't miss Village Underground thanks to the four brightly coloured, graffiti-covered tube carriages, now artists' studios, perched on its roof. Their renovated Victorian warehouse space hosts exhibitions, concerts theatre, live art and – most impressive of all – some amazing club nights.

The Pickle Factory
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The Pickle Factory

icon-location-pin Bethnal Green

This industrial-ish space in Tower Hamlets is owned by the same team that run Oval Space. Sitting directly opposite that venue, TPF did indeed used to operate as a working pickle factory, but after being used for foodie pop-ups and exhibitions in 2013, Oval Space have fully revamped the intimate venue as an excellent club and live music space.

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Oval Space

icon-location-pin Bethnal Green

It’s fitting that such an impressive venue should sit beside a giant landmark that allows it to stand out dramatically amongst 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 was one of the most impressive and exciting additions to London nightlife when it opened.

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Corsica Studios

icon-location-pin Elephant and Castle

Corsica Studios is an independent, not-for-profit arts complex whose ethos is to breed creativity and culture in areas of regeneration, which it achives primarily through putting on some of the most cutting-edge club nights, one-off parties and gigs in London.

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Ministry of Sound

icon-location-pin Elephant and Castle

Located in a former bus depot, Ministry of Sound was once the epitome of warehouse cool and is still perhaps the UK’s best-known clubbing venues: thus, any self-respecting fan of dance music in any form should visit Ministry at least once.

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CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building)

icon-location-pin Peckham

One of the many sources of Peckham pride, this incredible post-industrial building is regarded by many as one of London's best venues. Saved from demolition in 2007 by a dedicated team from community group Peckham Vision, the CLF Art Cafe (known by pretty much everyone as the Bussey Building) is a multi-floored concrete block that has thrived as a warehouse-style club at night and a top arts venue during the day.

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