Printworks London

Nightlife Rotherhithe
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Printworks London

Finally, after a destructive few years, there’s some encouraging news for London’s party people. London has a huge new 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. Since the presses stopped rolling in 2013, the complex has lain pretty much dormant, save for a Secret Cinema event. The new team –who include Broadwick Live – have deliberately left the space as raw as possible. Massive bits of machinery remain, and a roll of print paper from the factory’s last run still sits in one of the presses. There are six event spaces in total, which will play host to all manner of cross-cultural activity from art shows, classical concerts, dining events and gigs. The main focus for clubbers will be on one particular long, narrow room – the chamber for the presses –which will act as the main room for DJ events. And now, live music is getting a look in too in the form of a huge 3000-capacity space, which we're sure will become a mainstay on the London music map. Live music will take place during the week, but won’t cross over with the venue’s weekend electronic programme.

We went down to the opening party:


Venue name: Printworks London
Address: Surrey Quays Road
SE16 7PJ
Transport: Overground: Rotherhithe Tube: Canary Wharf
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  • Saturday December 8 2018

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Oh what a night!

It was my first time to Printworks and I was night impressed! A daytime club, I was a bit sceptical! But the converted printworks factory was a perfect venue.

Security was tight and there was a drug amnesty at the door, I had never seen that before.

The place is massive and the crowds were insane!

There were a few bars and an outside courtyard for food!

The venue was super cool, think dark, strobe lights and lasers!

The DJ sets were awesome! Printworks opens at midday.

Annoyingly there is a no re entry policy, and entry is before 5pm and the place closes at midnight!

Top tip

Lockers are £6 and don’t take in any big bags, chewing gum or whistles!


"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life." - Samuel Johnson

Couldn't think of a better sentence to start my review with! I just love London for all its cool and quirky places. And I especially love the fact that they know how to transform a building into something completely different, while keeping some of its original elements.

This venue was one of the coolest I've been so far! The security at the entrance was one of the strictest I've seen in London. Many outdoor festivals during summer don't do a serious security check, but this place was performing this task very well.

There are a few bars. The first one that you encounter is quite big and crowded, but there were less busy bars in some other parts.

The main room for music is quite narrow and long, so not everyone can fit in to have a view of the DJ stage. But overall the sound quality and the lightings were spot on!

Armand Van Helden kept everyone on their toes with his classic tunes one after the other. His set was amazing, all the popular songs in my teenage years. Eeek still buzzing x

On Saturday 11th November I got to see what Printworks were calling "the best in bass-driven house sounds from across the UK" and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Having never been to the iconic location, but instead getting my fix of house tunes at festivals and smaller more intimate venues, I wasn't sure what to expect. All I knew was what others had told me and it lived up to everything. Shadow Child, Claptone and Gorgon City were absolute class and the explosive light displays kept the crowds mesmerised for hours as tune after tune dropped throughout the day. The venue was meticulously run with easy access to the bars, great outside area and a massive centre room. For me, this was London's version of an Ibiza super club and I'll definitely be returning before it closes for the season. 

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