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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

Moth Club
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Moth Club

Music Music venues Hackney

A hip nightspot in Hackney from the team who run the Shacklewell Arms and Lock Tavern, Moth Club is a former trade hall that houses a military veterans’ club alongside its hipper clientele. It borrows its name from the Memorable Order of Tin Hats, an order of ex-military servicemen and women who still regularly meet and drink at the venue under a motto of ‘True Comradeship, Mutual Help and Sound Memory’. Regardless of the recent refurbishment of the club, these words continue to ring true, right down to the last commemorative plaque, preserving the original feel of the club.  Well, almost. By a stroke of creative brilliance, the venue's backroom has been entirely covered in gold glitter, a look which somehow works remarkably well with the retro, dated interior. It really does need to be seen in all its spangly glory to be believed.

VFD

Nightlife Alternative nightlife Dalston

Formerly (and still commonly) known as Vogue Fabrics, this bijou Dalston basement hosts drag and spoken word events as well as genre-spanning club nights and parties. As its name suggests, it attracts a creative and fashion-conscious LGBTQ+ crowd who love to dress up (though no one will really care if you rock up in sneakers and a polo top). VFD has the chutzpah to host club nights with names like Cuntmafia and Sassitude, but never takes itself too seriously. After all, the venue’s most famous feature is the massive penis mural in the loos.

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Hangar

Nightlife Clubs 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. There's a new soundsystem incoming soon too, supplied by the same team who built Printworks’ rig. 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!

Oval Space

Nightlife Nightlife venues 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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The Glory

Nightlife Alternative nightlife Haggerston

A queer superpub co-owned by drag legend Jonny Woo, The Glory hosts everything from alternative drag shows to quirky club nights. There's a bar for casual drinks and a disco room downstairs for dancing and other shenanigans.

Corsica Studios

Clubs Elephant & 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

Clubs Elephant & 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.

CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building)

Nightlife Nightlife venues 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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Egg London

Clubs King’s Cross

With its Mediterranean-styled three floors, garden and enormous terrace, Egg London is big enough to lose yourself in, but manages to retain a reasonably intimate atmosphere. Now blessed with a 24-hour licence, there's still a pleasing balance between style and warehouse raving here.

Studio Spaces E1

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After top London party promoters The Hydra began exclusively using the venue to host its excellent 2014 programme, Studio Spaces E1 (also a working photographic studio, hence the title) has now been given a further lease of life: The Hydra has been granted a full license to open the venue 24-hours for a huge 40 nights a year.

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