London is very resourceful when it comes to being a party capital. Whether it’s pop, rock, dance, hip hop, indie or world music, there is choice for everyone. When the working week is over and the weekend begins, clubs and bars provide the crucial lifeblood to the cities buzzing night life. Here is our list of top 10 night clubs in London.
A long standing and famous club in Clerkenwell, Fabric is well renowned for it’s incredible line-up of new talent and doesn’t favour DJ’s with superstar status. With speakers under the floors you can really feel the bass seep through as you dance the night away. If you like Indie, electro or drum n bass, then ‘FabricLive’ on Fridays is a must. Meanwhile on Saturdays you can enjoy a regular showcase of underground talent and respected live acts in the world of electronic music. The ‘WetYourselfCrew’ typically play on Sunday nights, music can range from Ska and Dub to Afro Beat. Expect popular club nights to be rammed, check individual listings for advance tickets and on the door pricing.
Nightlife in Camden is well known to many Londoners and few clubs in the area do it as good as Koko. Previously used as a theatre, Koko offers a great mixture of live bands and club nights and provides the right atmosphere to cater to both, with an enormous centre stage for musicians to perform, luxurious bars on the upper level and expansive balconies. The venue is renowned for its history of rock stars who performed there in the 70’s and 80’s, including the Sex Pistols and Madonna. There’s much in the way of alternative rock, indie, dance and electro-pop for you to enjoy.
Shoreditch is, along with Old street, one of the coolest places in London to spend a night out. Home to many bars and clubs there is much to choose from in the buzzing east end. One of the area’s most stella clubs is Cargo. Filled with many trendy partygoers, event nights vary with music ranging from old school funk, soul and hip-hop to dance and house tunes. Cargo is also not a stranger to live performances from exciting DJ’s and artists.
Several clubs on our list are well known and Chinawhite is one of them. The venue is exquisite and decorated with a lush oriental theme. Inspired by clubs in the 1920’s that entertained outsiders and misfits, Chinawhite’s decidedly modern look makes it the perfect place for those looking for a premium experience that’s a little different from the ordinary.
Funky Buddha is a premier club located in fashionable Mayfair. On some nights you can expect to see a celebrity or two or VIP parties while dancing to sounds from established DJ’s. The atmosphere at Funky Buddha is very chic and stylish with regular events such as Thank Funk it’s Friday and Glam, with music such as soulful RNB, Funky House club classics.
Containing multiple floors with each one offering a unique ambience, Tiger Tiger is one of the biggest nightclubs in Central London. Based in Piccadilly, the club attracts West End’s unique and diverse crowd, from locals and young professionals to tourists. Music is primarily commercial dance, electro, hip hop and pop music from the 70’s and 80’s.
Every night is a different scene at Bar Rumba and it’s one of the most popular in the West End. Upon entering you’ll find a generously large dance floor at one end of the room and a lounge area on the other, giving off an attractive bar-club vibe. On popular DJ nights be ready to party hard with a dance motivated crowd who love their music. Music can range from drum and bass and hip hop, to afro beat, Latin and House.
Located on the vibrant Clapham High Street, Aquum the sophistication of the West End to the area, with it’s lush interior design, cosy lounge area (including a VIP section) and a selection of creative cocktails. While it can sometimes be shunned as being all to pretentious, closer observation will reveal a fun loving crowd that’s out to have a good time. Arrive early if possible (before 9pm) to avoid door charges and queues.
The famous and long running Egg nightclub is one of London’s finest spots, especially in the summer thanks to its beautiful garden and terrace. With three floors each having a distinct look and feel, you can be sure to enjoy your house and electro beats with an equally raucous crowd.
Decorated by images of rock royalty, Proud Camden once a 19th Century horse hospital is today one of North London’s most popular nightclubs and one of the cities most cutting edge music venues overall. Hosting both live performances and night club events with music ranging from Dance, House and Hip Hop, to rock n roll, indie and emerging acts, Proud Camden is an iconic venue you must see.
Mayfair is named after a fair that used to be held in the area every May; Piccadilly after a kind of stiff collar made by a tailor who lived in the area in the 17th century; and Covent Garden was originally the market garden for the convent of Westminster Abbey.