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May bank holiday parties

Rave your way through the entire three-day weekend with our guide to the best nights out

By Amy Smith

Skip, bounce and bogle into the new season with our round-up of the long weekend’s best club nights from Friday May 27 to Sunday May 29 2017. If you feel a sudden spring in your step, you could go for a full three-day bender. Just make sure you plan for a very quiet Tuesday.

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Friday May 27

Jazz Cafe
Paul Winch-Furness

Soul City

Music Jazz Camden Town

This newish night has been obviously having fun giving artists and DJs with serious pedigree full rein to play their personal favourite hip, hop, soul, funk and disco tunes. It’s the turn of jazz house virtuoso Byron The Aquarius. Jazz Café. Camden Town.


The 2007 Indie Disco

Nightlife Hackney

There have been indie nights pumping out Kooks and The Klaxons for years but when noughties indie hits a venue like Mangle, you know the nostalgia is real. On top of Babyshambles and Larrikin Love DJ sets, Futureheads will be performing a stripped back show. There is no chance of leaving without humming the glorious sounds of 2007. Mangle E8. London Fields Overground.

Little Nan's Tropical Den, 2016
© Rah Petherbridge

The Grandkids Friday Takeover

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Nunhead

The last of a month-long Friday residency in this kitsch Caribbean basement bar. Dive straight into glistening pop and disco delights. And yes, that is a memorial to ‘Eastenders’ characters Pat Butcher and Patrick Trueman in the corner. Little Nan’s Tropical Den. Queens Rd Peckham Overground.


Saturday May 28

Stevie Wonderland 4th birthday

Nightlife Hackney

This funk-flinging night marks it’s birthday by flying in Germany’s Move D for an unadulterated disco set and Dolan Bergin, the guy behind the incredible Hydra parties, is on hand to blow out the candles with deep house vibrations. Mangle. London Fields Overground.

Fela Kuti x William Onyeabor Summer BBQ

Bars and pubs Tottenham

This annual honouring of two pioneering Nigerian legends returns for that deadly combination of barbecued food, Fela and Onyeabor cuts and the many edits they have inspired. Styx. Tottenham Hale.


Feelings Festival

Things to do Event spaces Old Street

This unmissable series of day and night parties pay tribute to cities critical to dance music history. First up is Chicago with Virgo Four. Influential players Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, Glenn Underground and Tyree Cooper will lead the sonic love letters to house and techno. Red Market then Village Underground. Shoreditch High St Overground.

Sunday May 29

Gala Afterparty

Music Music venues Camberwell

After the park comes the afterpark-y. If you’ve spent the day alternating between dancing and feasting at Gala Festival in Brockwell Park join Crazy P and Harvey Sutherland – who will also make the short trek – for some deep electronica and funk. Brixton Jamm. Brixton

Awesome Tapes From Africa

Nightlife Wapping

A chance to marvel at the deft DJing skills of Brian Shimkovitz - the dedicated founder of Awesome Tapes From Africa record label – who plays rediscovered underground music on old tape decks. Studio Spaces E1. Shadwell Overground/DLR.


Little Gay Brother

Clubs Charing Cross

Ahead of their jaunt to Secret Garden Party this summer, Little Gay Brother are bringing a secret garden of Eden-themed debauchery to Heaven. Puns will definitely be tongue-in-cheek and costumes will be bold and bare. Party stalwart Hannah Holland heads up a tempting line-up of DJs. Heaven. Charing Cross.

Secret Sundaze

Restaurants North African Hackney Wick

Bank holidays usually mean that the hardcore Secret Sundaze ravers are joined by those of us temporarily unleashed from the Monday alarm. This could easily become a regular thing. Mick’s Garage. Hackney Wick Overground.

Read our full guide to the bank holiday in London

Bank holiday in London

Things to do

We’ve put together the ultimate guide to celebrating the May bank holiday weekend in London. Whether you want to check out the best new art exhibitions, watch one of our favourite new theatre shows, get out of town on a day-trip, or just spend all night partying at London’s best clubs, whatever your plans for the bank holiday weekend, we’ve got you covered. 


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