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50 pictures that prove London’s nightlife isn’t dead

Don’t believe the doom-mongers – London’s club scene still kicks ass and here’s the evidence

London nightlife has been clobbered a bit recently, with numerous club closures and new restrictions on venues. It’s easy to start feeling sulky about the future of fun in this great city – but there’s still every reason to celebrate London’s thriving party credentials. In fact, here are 50 reasons.

This half-century of amazing pictures represents London’s crazily diverse club scene: from DJs killing it behind the decks and crowds lost in the moment to wild costumes and daft antics. These great pictures from the city’s clubs, pubs and venues made us smile, and reminded us that London’s nightlife is alive, well and dancing its arse off. Here’s hoping they do the same for you.

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Saxy scenes at The Blitz Party.

© Ian Kiffin
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Synchronised moves at Supa Dupa Fly.

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Rock, paper, scissors and bling at hip hop night The Doctor’s Orders.

© Claire Williams
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Norman Jay OBE at The Prince of Wales in Brixton.

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Tender scenes on the floor of The Coronet at Dark Side of Love.

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Giving it up to indie and ’60s soul at How Does It Feel To Be Loved?

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Banners and bangers make for a great night at Bangface.

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...and here's another, just for good measure.

© Sarah Ginn
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Green fingers at Fabric.

© Eleonora Cecchini/www.anomalousvisuals.co.uk
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Corsica Studios in full flow.

© Christa Holka
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Close holdings at Dick & Fanny.

© Jim Hanner
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Bearded Kitten at Pulse = a load of balls.

© Sarah Ginn
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David Rodigan and his Ram Jam crew tearing up Fabric.

© Antony Price
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Letting it rain at Body & Soul at Oval Space.

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Smiles all round at Hip Hop vs R&B.

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It’s so good, it’s so good, it’s soooo good (at XOYO).

© Ryan Dinham
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A purple haze drifts through Ministry of Sound.

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Just another life-affirming moment at the incredible World Unknown.

© Filip Milenkovic
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Feathery fun at The End of the World Party.

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Flair abounds at Sink the Pink in Bethnal Green.

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James Murphy spinning at Despacio.

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It's great to inflate at I Love the ’80s vs I Love the ’90s.

© El Rodeo
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Things get blurry at I Love Acid.

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Getting low and retro at Blow Up.

© Joe Okpako
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Ssssh, nothing to see here… (at Rebel Bingo).

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One almighty grind at Work It in east London.

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A classic balloon drop at Buttoned Down Disco.

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Less balloon drop, more balloon strop (at Regression Sessions).

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Even superheroes love a good balloon drop at Club de Fromage.

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Limbs-a-go-go at Gloria’s.

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Getting in a flap at Prohibition Party.

© Todd Pacey
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Getting drunk in tub (as Beyoncé might say) at Hot Tub Cinema.

© Wullie Marr
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Feeling the power at singalong night Friday I’m In Love.

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Hands aloft at Eastern Electrics.

© Jonathan Owen
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Getting wavey and ravey at Moondance at Scala.

© Will Marshall
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All Hallows’ Eve at Club de Fromage.

© Emma Gutteridge
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Surf’s up at Bangface.

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OMG, an OAP! at Coffin Dodgers Disco.

© Mark Box
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Yet another packed house at Bugged Out!

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Getting closer than close at Sink the Pink.

© Luke Dyson
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Fading to grey at XOYO.

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Tub life (at Hot Tub Cinema).

© Carolina Faruolo
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Nineties tunes (and drinks) at Old School Indie.

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Stretching out at one of the best ways to spend a Sunday: Horse Meat Disco.

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Yet more balls – this time at Regression Sessions.

© Meriel Edwards
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A range of emotions at The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball.

© Luke Dyson
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Lights up at The Hydra for Bugged Out!

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Getting ghoulish at Secretsundaze for Halloween.

© Lisa Jelliffe
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Never break the chain at Fleetmac Wood.

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And finally… an unusual juxtaposition on the door of Bethnal Green Working Men's Club at Sink the Pink.

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