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Printworks London

Nightlife Canada Water
5 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
Printworks London

Time Out says

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:



Address: Surrey Quays Road
SE16 7PJ
Transport: Overground: Rotherhithe Tube: Canary Wharf
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Imposing and a tad derelict, the Printworks is a one-of-a-kind venue in the London musical scene. Living around the corner, I was aware of their early entry policy, which encourages punters to arrive in the afternoon and leave at a sensible time. The building and the surrounding area are well staffed, with plenty of friendly stewards and security agents to ensure everyone's safety whilst having a great night out.

Those accustomed with more traditional spaces might find this one a bit too long and too narrow, but there's plenty of room for dancing or socialising, and generally no queue at the bar.

It's also features in the Chemical Brothers' videoclip of Free Yourself ... what's not to love about it?


Really unique venue, lots of spaces to dance and the music is the same volume throughout the whole place. Atmosphere is great and the events have a very organized crowd. The building is very impressive, there is lots of areas with tables where you can sit and relax. One of the best music and lighting systems in London. 


This venue has hosted the likes of Tokio Myers and Deadmau5. We were part of the lucky people to witness Armand Van Helden go on stage. The bars were huge and the narrow room in the main space ensured all the attention was firmly placed on the man at the turntables. I loved the outdoor area that was well served by premium food outlets. My only disappointment was that we couldn’t climb all all the levels to explore this living museum to the newspaper industry.


Printworks in the daytime seemed a bit of an odd idea, but it really worked - the venue was amazing, and the DJ sets were fabulous: I danced my feet raw!

The club was rammed, and as a result the atmosphere made you forget how early in the day it was. And, there were even decent food and drink offerings.

The only irritation, really, was the no re-entry policy, but that was minor.

Totally recommended!


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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