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London's best nightclubs

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 and anything goes LGBTQ+ venues, 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 and Smithfield

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.

Nightlife

Printworks

icon-location-pin Canada Water

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. 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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Music, Music venues

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.

Music

Omeara

icon-location-pin Southwark

A hugely welcome addition to London's music and nightlife ecosystem, this newish two-roomed venue has a fantastic arched main room, replete with exposed brick work. The bar room also doubles as a second room for club nights – and on the right night can feel like an absolute riot.

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Nightlife, Clubs

Hangar

icon-location-pin Hackney

While the bar that sits above, Wringer + Mangle, is slick and chic, downstairs at Hangar you’ll find a proper basement without any need for fancy decor. Having been The Laundry and Mangle in the past, the space has been taken over by excellent London promoters Percolate. It's got a no-nonsense spaciousness that distinguishes it from other, more compact spots in east London. We’d be lying if we said that the bar above Mangle wasn’t pretty spenny (the Bubbles & Bottles menu is eyewatering rather than mouthwatering) – but in the basement you’ll fare much better with standard eastside prices for beers and the like. Strap in and prepare for take-off!

Clubs, House, disco and techno

Phonox

icon-location-pin Brixton

This Brixton club has a similar feel to XOYO: a sleek, dark dance cavern with plenty of space for dancing, and the programming leans very much towards the leftfield side of dance music – don't expect cheesy '80s nights here, it's quality, underground house, techno, disco and bass all the way. 

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Clubs

Dalston Superstore

icon-location-pin Dalston

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 LGBTQ+ crowd, but welcoming to all and everyone.

Five Miles, 2018
Dagmara Strach
Bars and pubs

Five Miles

icon-location-pin Tottenham

This nightclub pulls in ravers from across the capital with up-and-coming dance talent and a cool, industrial-style vibe. It’s part of a growing community of spaces that are bringing new life to Tottenham after dark. And it’s got solid daytime appeal, too, thanks to its Middle Eastern café and on-site brewery.

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Music, Music venues

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
Stefan Marx
Nightlife

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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