Built on the site of a Victorian meat cellar, Fabric continues to boast the most sensational line-ups in the capital. Its global reputation is founded on diversity and willingness to showcase new talent alongside its brilliant residents, planning its nights around great music, rather than flying in superstar DJs. Feel the bass bleed through the speakers buried in the floor and recline in style on the famous bed seats at one of their top regular nights. Because it's such a famous brand, Fabric gets horribly crowded sometimes, but the best acts usually don't come on until 3am, when the tourists have gone and the hardcore clubbers have space to party. After agreeing a strict licensing deal with Islington Council in 2016, the club no longer admits under 19s and anyone found with drugs or dealing drugs will be banned for life.
London's Top Clubs
Head to world-famous Fabric for some serious dancefloor hedonism.
77a Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 3HN
Events at Fabric
Friday 28th April 2017 - 11pm-7am | £20
Two rooms of D&B and grime courtesy of Netsky, Friction, Loadstar, Logan Sama, Skepsis, Darkzy and many more.
Saturday 29th April 2017 - 11pm-8am | £23, adv £21, NUS £16, fabricfirst £14, £10 off after 4am
House and techno across two rooms courtesy of Room One, Craig Richards, Mathew Jonson, Jackmaster, Voigtmann and in Room Two, Trust, Nick Curly, Paul Ritch and Terry Francis.
Sunday 30th April 2017 - 11pm-7am | adv £21, NUS £18, fabricfirst £17, £10 off after 4am
A two room celebration with the selectors Yousef, Nic Fanciulli, Steve Lawler, Lewis Boardman, Butch, Luigi Madonna, Denney and Ki Creighton providing the house tracks.
Friday 5th May 2017 - 11pm-7am | adv £20 & £26, NUS £18, fabricfirst £17, £10 off after 3am
House and techno across two rooms courtesy of in Room One Skream, Patrick Topping and Terry Francis, plus in Room Two, In Toto, B Traits, Cosmin Trg, Agents Of Time and Fold.
Saturday 6th May 2017 - 11pm-11am | £27, £17 after 6am, adv £25-£27, NUS £20, fabricfirst £19
House and techno across two rooms courtesy of in Room One Craig Richards, Ricardo Villalobos, Prosumer and Amir Javasoul, plus in Room Two, Terry Francis, Peter Van Hoesen and Marco Shuttle.
Former theatre KOKO is the life and soul in Camden Town
1A Camden High Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7JE
KoKo offers a great mixture of live bands and club nights that have put it at the heart of the Camden nightlife. The huge stage, broad balconies and plush upstairs bars are a reminder of its former role as the Camden Theatre (which originally opened its doors in 1900), and the deep red colour scheme, chandeliers and gilt molding give it a decadent air that matches the rock stars who grace the stage. It has an illustrious rock 'n' roll history, having hosted The Clash and the Sex Pistols in the 1970s, and The Eurythmics, Madness and Madonna in the 1980s. It became a much-loved scuzzy rock club in the 1990s, before being restored and reopened in 2004.
Events at KOKO
Thursday 27th April 2017 - 7pm | £22.50
An American rock band from Irvine, California, formed in 1998. The group was founded by guitarist/vocalist Dustin Kensrue and guitarist Teppei Teranishi while they were in high school.
Friday 28th April 2017 - 7pm | £15
The duo, guitarists Mikhail Asanovic and Jake Wright, perform their unique blend of acoustic-trance, breaking down the barrier between acoustic and electronic music.
Friday 28th April 2017 - 10pm-4am | £5
Fono has lit up dancefloors across the land, most recently curating his own room at Manchester's Warehouse Project, with his woozy productions and vibrant sets.
Saturday 29th April 2017 - 10pm-4am | £10
Resident DJs supply an all-night journey of pop, dance, disco, R&B, indie, party bangers and club anthems.
Monday 1st May 2017 - 7.30pm | £16
This six-piece band hail from Cardiff and perform their indie-pop originals, both old and new.
London's biggest club brings Ibiza-style partying to the capital.
338 Boord Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 0PF
Tube: North Greenwich Station
Due to a fire in August 2016, Studio 338 is currently undergoing a major refurb. In the meantime, check out their sister venue, The Bridge.
Studio 338 opened in spectacular style in March 2014, with Mark 'MK' Kinchen, Kevin Saunderson and Kate Simko all on the line-up. With a capacity of 3,000, the vast dance venue is London's biggest nightclub and aims to bring Ibiza-style clubbing to the capital. Equipped with state-of-the-art visual technology and a VOID sound system, it's ideal for major electro and techno nights, and it also doubles as an event space. Located in Greenwich it isn't exactly in the city's clubbing hotspots, but with an all-night outdoor terrace that has hot air pumped into it, you can always pretend you're off on your holidays.
The old printing press warehouse and bee soundproofed and custom-made for clubbing.
1 Printworks, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 7PJ
Tube: Canada Water Station
In the halls that once housed the printing presses for the Metro and Evening Standard, The Printworks has created a soundproofed warehouse, custom-made for clubbing. More than a club, the 16-acre Docklands site is a "culture, music and arts space", with six performance spaces under one massive roof. In the main room, state of the art speakers, automated lighting and more than 100 lasers and spotlights make the most of the industrial space. Kicking off with a Seth Troxler-headlined launch event on Saturday 4th February 2017, the opening series has been put together by Snowbombing promoter Broadwick Live who, together with LWE, is programming the venue.
Events at The Printworks
Saturday 29th April 2017 - 12noon-10pm | £32.50
Techno and underground house across two rooms, featuring Paul Kalkbrenner, Derrick May, DJ Pierre, Extrawelt, KDA, Session Victim, Fold, G. Walker, William Djoko and Youandewan.
Sunday 30th April 2017 - 12noon-11pm | phone for availability £32.50
House and techno courtesy of Berlin's own Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Planetary Assault Systems, Ben Sims, Dax J and Etapp Kyle.
Friday 10th November 2017 - 7pm | £18
The Mercury Prize-nominee performs his brand of alt hip hop.
A beautiful former music hall with a luminous dance floor and top DJs.
21-25 St John's Hill, Clapham, London, SW11 1TT
Tube: Clapham South Station
Opened in 1900, The Grand is a beautiful and historic former music hall that has since been home to a cinema and a bingo hall. The striking red brick building on St John's Hill is now one of London's top nightclubs, with a high-ceilinged, galleried hall and a luminous dancefloor that you might expect to find in the most sophisticated West End music venues. The grand venue is ideal for a cheery, beer-soaked night with DJ sets accompanied by circus acts and live music from hot new artists. The venue also plays host to film nights, speakeasy swing events and even bingo with a party twist.
Events at Clapham Grand
3rd February to 30th June 2017 - 10pm-3am | £5
7th January to 30th December 2017 - 10pm-3am | £5, before 11pm Free
Saturday 29th April 2017 - 9pm | £15, £12 before 11pm, adv £8-£12
A night of throw-back karaoke hits and retro tunes from DJs.
4th February to 24th June 2017 - 10pm-3am | £5
Saturday 6th May 2017 - 7.30pm-9.30pm | £12.50, adv £10
The ensemble performs a programme of music by Sibelius, Hendrik Andriessen, Richard Rodney Bennett, Gershwin and others.
Proud Camden is one of London's most unique clubbing destinations
The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AH
Tube: Chalk Farm Station
Not the easiest of places to find yet Camden Proud has easily found a place in the hearts of many. This art gallery by day becomes a superb venue for live music and parties at night, attracting up-and-coming eclectic acts as well as established stars such as Peter Doherty, Dizzee Rascal and Amy Winehouse. Located in Camden Stables Market along a cobbled back street, the painstakingly restored venue is spread between a large main room (with huge wooden beams propping up a high ceiling), the quirky stables of the 200-year-old Grade II listed horse hospital and a spacious terrace area with seating and winter-time heating. Individual horse compartments make for an amusing setting to drink and be merry, and can also be hired out for private events. Anyone who fails to be won over by the charm and uniqueness of Proud Camden must have got up on the wrong side of bed. This is a splendid, different and exciting venue with friendly staff, a trendy crowd and enough going on to keep you entertained and coming back for more. If you have yet to visit, we suggest you rectify that as soon as possible.
Events at Proud Camden
Wednesday 26th April 2017 - 9.30pm-1.30am | Free
The selectors on site drop the top grime, hip hop and trap tunes.
Thursday 27th April 2017 - 8pm | £9
Thursday 27th April 2017 - 8pm | £9
13th April to 27th July 2017 - 9.30pm-2.30am | £5
Friday 28th April 2017 - 9.30pm-2.30am | £8
A selection of guest DJs on rotation supply house, garage, R&B and club classics across three rooms.
Creative arts venue and much-loved underground clubbing destination
Unit 5 Farrell Court, 4-5 Elephant Road, Elephant and Castle, London, SE17 1LB
A superbly designed two-room club and arts venue that captures the feeling of an illegal party in a squatted industrial space - while still being clean, well-organised and close to central London. There's absolutely no passing trade here (it's pretty hard to find, in fact), so if you want to be sure of a night where everyone is there for the music, this is the place to go. Corsica Studios is home to many of London's oddest and most daring clubbing experiences, with a consistent focus on the cutting edge of electronic and indie experimentation, all played out on two Funktion 1 sound-systems. The opposite of the polished superclub experience available across the road at Ministry of Sound.
Events at Corsica Studios
Friday 28th April 2017 - 10pm-8am | adv £17.50
Techno in room one from Perc & Truss, James Ruskin, John Heckle and Stranger, alongside hardcore, grime, bass, ambient and techno in room two courtesy of Mumdance, Hodge, Ossia, Avus and Quietus DJs.
Sunday 30th April 2017 - 8pm-6am | adv £10-£15
Techno, house and disco cuts across two rooms courtesy of Mark Seven, Jan Shulte, Bradley Zero, Thristian, Sean P, Frankie Valentine, anu and Z Lovecraft.
Thursday 4th May 2017 - 8pm | £5
A platform for new artists from Goldsmiths, featuring appearances by MRGD, Tony Njoku and Gaspar Narby.
Friday 5th May 2017 - 11pm-7am | adv £10
A massive techno fest from Svreca, Neel, Claudio PRC, Abstract Man, Gertie, Lucien Biscop and Matt Hayes.
Sunday 7th May 2017 - 5am-3pm | adv £10-£16
Afterhours techno party with special guests Regal, Raymundo Rodriguez, Chris Stanford, Emily Ono and Moniker.
Head-scrambling dance music at 24-hour party palace, Egg.
200 York Way, King's Cross, London, N7 9AP
Tube: Caledonian Road Station
The fabulous Egg nightclub was well prepared for the smoking ban, with a fantastic garden and terrace which make it one of London's finest summer clubbing spots. Egg is spread out over three floors and each one has its own distinct look and feel. The ground floor has an industrial look while the loftbar area is much sleeker. Well-programmed nights of house, electro and dirty beats (plus the ever-tempting draw of a 24 license) attract a wild polysexual crowd. It's at its most hedonistic for the Sunday morning after-party Breakfast at Egg, when North London's wildest clubbers converge to watch the sun rise and keep the rave alive.
Events at EGG
Tuesday 25th April 2017 - 11pm-6am | £5-£10
DJs supply house and techno.
26th Apr, 3rd May, 10th May, 17th May, 24th May and 31st May 2017 - 10.30pm-3.30am | £5
Friday 28th April 2017 - 11pm-7am | £5-£20
Sante, Sidney Charles, A-Trak and Alexis Raphael are the selectors for this night of dance music.
Saturday 29th April 2017 - 11pm-9am | various releases £10-£25, NUS £10
A big night of techno with Jay Lumen, Pleasurekraft, Warboy, Maze & Masters, Joe Roberts and others in The Garden and Thomas Tesla, Nick Elia, Arthur Keen and Lucas Hulan on the Ground Floor.
Sunday 30th April 2017 - 9pm-7am | £15-£25
Sandy Rivera, Super Flu, Marshall Jefferson, Terry Farley, Clara Da Costa, Jo Mills and more spin house, techno, classic disco and UK Funky.
World famous Ministry of Sound is a clubland institution.
103 Gaunt Street, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6DP
A massive sound system, huge dancefloor and a staggering roster of big name DJs has made sure of Ministry of Sound's place in clubbing folklore. The opening night back in 1991 heralded the explosion of superclubs across the UK. Boasting a crisp, clear, thumpingly loud sound system, and some of the best house DJs of the era, the club attracted thousands of hedonists south of the Thames every weekend. This giddy ascendancy was subsequently translated into various record labels, a clothing company and sister clubs across the globe. Of course, success on such a scale never lasts, least of all in clubland, and the buzz around the venue had stagnated by the late '90s. Thankfully the last few years have seen the brains behind the operation quit resting on their laurels and sort it out. A welcome refurbishment of the interior and a creative injection into the DJ line-up means that Ministry is still well worth a look.
Events at Ministry of Sound
Tuesday 25th April 2017 - 10pm-4am | £3-£7
Hip hop, R&B and grime in room one, plus commercial house, pop, disco and club classics in room two. DJs include Martin2smoove, Andy Purnell, Paul Eden, SWYR, DJelley and Chiv.
Friday 28th April 2017 - 10pm-6am | adv £10, NUS £15
The Australian duo Nervo, with Pink Panda, bring dance and electronica to The Box.
Saturday 29th April 2017 - 11pm | £18, NUS £15
The French DJ Kungs, assisted by Sam Feldt, Watermat and Autograf in The Box, plus Selected DJs in 103, brings house music to the dancefloor.
Sunday 30th April 2017 - 3pm-6am | £15-£26
House and disco from Roger Sanchez, Aeroplane, Karizma, Simon Dunmore, Luke Solomon, Eli Escobar, John Morales. Percolate residents, Krywald & Farrer, Hifi Sean, Baptiste and Flo and more.
Friday 5th May 2017 - 10.30pm-6am | £21
Trance courtesy of Bristol DJ Ben Nicky and guests.
XOYO's cutting edge clubnights are at the centre of the Shoreditch scene
32-37 Cowper Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4AP
Tube: Old Street Station
Spread across two floors on an unassuming street in Old Street, XOYO functions as a living, breathing hub for art, music and cultural happenings. Although the main draw definitely appears to be its eclectic musical programme, their regular clubnights have seen artists such as Jamie xx, Mos Def, Jessie J and The Drums take to the stage, whilst Bugged Out! Neon Noise Project, Upset The Rhythm and Durrr are among the promoters who have signed up to throw parties. XOYO has a capacity of 800 and is spread across two floors; the main room is a high-ceiling basement housing three bars, mobile staging and a D&B soundsystem, while the similarly spacious ground floor also boasts an outdoor smoking terrace.
Events at XOYO
9th January to 28th August 2017 - 10pm-3am | £7, adv £5
6th December 2016 to 31st October 2017 - 10pm-3am | £4-£7
Wednesday 26th April 2017 - 10pm-3am | £5
Martin2smoove and Kenrick Chance spin everything relating to Beyonce.
Thursday 27th April 2017 - 8pm-10.30pm | £12.50
The electronic and hip hop duo featuring French DJ and MC Sylvain Richard and Portu-Scottish Californian Jason Medeiros, combine over 40 year's experience for a night of mixing and freestyling.
Thursday 27th April 2017 - 10pm-3am | £5-£12
Grime and dubstep courtesy of MistaJam, with Rum Committee and Rag'N'Bone Man.
Historic marketplace by day, iconic indie club by night
184 Camden Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 8QP
On weekends, the Electric Ballroom is transformed into a buzzing marketplace crammed with stalls, but during the evenings there's an entirely different kind of activity happening here. Dating back to the 1930s, when it was known as The Buffalo Club, this is one of Camden's longest-serving music venues. Hundreds of up and coming bands have taken to its stage. Everyone from The Clash, to Blur and Sid Vicious have played here. On Friday nights, the club hosts Sin City, which showcases rock and indie bands while Saturday nights are Shake, where you can expect hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s disco and Pop, plus all the current hits.
Events at Electric Ballroom
Thursday 27th April 2017 - 6pm | £18
The band plays a speedier version of ska and political-punk.
Friday 28th April 2017 - 6pm | weekend pass £100, early bird £85
The festival takes over Camden for the 6th year running as the UK's premier stoner rock, doom, sludge and psych acts perform.
Saturday 29th April 2017 - 10pm-3am | £8
Friday 5th May 2017 | £6-£12
Dub, garage, grime, dubstep and drum'n'bass.
Tuesday 9th May 2017 - 7pm | £22.50
The Canadian indie rock six piece performs songs from their repertoire.
The notorious nineties nightclub has been reborn eight years after the original closed down.
201-203 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8ZD
Paper, the notorious nineties nightclub and scene of celebrity sightings - Keira Knightley, Lindsay Lohan, Helena Christensen and Beyonce were among its A-list fans - is reborn eight years after the original closed down. Forced to shut at its Regent Street home in 2009, when its Piccadilly landlord redeveloped the site, Paper moves to Wardour Street in Soho central. More than a million pounds has been spent creating three venues under one roof - Paper, the club in the basement; a ground floor cocktail bar called Dirty Harry's; and A.A. - which stands for After All - an exclusive, VIP, invite only club. Dirty Harry's, the 350 capacity cocktail bar, turns up the glam factor with live music and dance performances six nights a week.
This renowned club brings together music, dance and food under refitted railway arches.
83 Rivington Street, Kingsland Viaduct, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY
Tube: Old Street Station
Cargo were pioneers of the multi-tasking MDF concept (that's Music-Dance-Food, not cheap fibreboard) and boast one of the most imaginative live music line-ups in the capital, as well as film screenings and art. Fuel up with burgers, pizza and chicken wings, wile away a summer afternoon in their courtyard and groove till the small hours under the refitted railway arches. The music policy covers the full spectrum of London's underground, with a focus on hip-hop, breakbeat and world music, and there are live tunes followed by top DJs most nights.
Events at Cargo
3rd April to 18th December 2017 - 7pm-1am | Free
Tuesday 25th April 2017 - 7pm-1am | Free
Resident DJs spin a variety of party jams including forgotten favourites and modern bangers.
5th April to 27th December 2017 - 7pm-1am | Free
16th March to 28th December 2017 - 7pm-1am | Free
7th April to 29th December 2017 - 4pm-3am | £10-£20
One dance floor, one sound system and one act all night.
418 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AY
Tube: Brixton Station
In the Brixton space where the nightclub Plan B once stood, Phonox offers a modern approach to clubbing - hang out and have drinks at the bar from 6pm and the same space turns into a club later that night. The venue, split over two floors and with an outside space, is run by Andy Peyton, the man behind XOYO and The Nest. Once transitioned into a club there's one dance floor, one great soundsystem (Funktion One) and one act all night. It's not about selfies and guest DJs - no cameras on the dance floor, please, and there'll be no announced guests, ever. Instead there's a change of DJ every Friday and on Saturdays resident DJ Jasper James, the youngest DJ to ever play at the legendary Sub Club in Glasgow, takes to the decks.
Events at Phonox
Thursday 27th April 2017 - 10pm-3am | £5-£10
Kingdom, Bok Bok, Total Freedom, Girl Unit and Semma supply UK Funky and dubstep.
Friday 28th April 2017 - 9pm-4am | £5-£10
Saturday 29th April 2017 - 10pm-4am | adv £5
House, disco and world music from the resident DJ.
Sunday 30th April 2017 - 9pm-4am | £5-£10
Disco, house and techno courtesy of James Grant & Jody Wisternoff, Lane 8, Luttrell and YOTTO.
Friday 5th May 2017 - 10pm-4am | various releases £5 & £10
The American DJ supplies top house tunes from the booth.
A Nordic inspired music and dining destination.
1A-1C Amhurst Road, London, E8 1LL
Situated next to Hackney Central Station on Amhurst Road, Oslo is a Nordic inspired music and dining destination with capacity of up to 600 over two floors. The venue has been designed as both a daytime hub to meet and eat - it's a burger and some brews sort of place - and a night time destination for clubbing. Its weekly club night 'Valhalla' kicks off upstairs at 10pm while in the first few weeks of opening there were gigs from Dry the River, Chrome Hoof and Indiana. Downstairs the extensive bar includes handpicked ales from local breweries such as Redemption, Five Point's and Sambrook's, alongside top quality wine and spirits, while the menu has been designed by Oslo head chef Dave Ahern, formerly of House of Wolf.
Events at Oslo
Monday 8th May 2017 - 7.30pm | £10
The experimental musician from Canada is known for using broken tape machines to create his modified sounds.
Thursday 11th May 2017 - 7pm | £10
The soul pop quartet from London perform their latest material including single Gathering The Pieces Of A Broken Heart.
Friday 12th May 2017 - 7pm | £15
The rock quintet perform new and old material.
Sunday 14th May 2017 - 7.30pm | £14
The alt pop-rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performs in support of his album Sonderlust.
Monday 15th May 2017 | phone for prices
London-based Alt pop singer from Norway.
This hip, creative venue is renowned for its one-off club nights.
54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ
Tube: Old Street Station
Easily recognisable for its disused tube carriages elevated well above the ground, Village Underground is an evolving project in Shoreditch building an international platform for creativity and culture. The ex-tube carriages have been recycled to form creative studios and galleries for film, photography, music, design and other artistic endeavours. The impressive warehouse space below is available for hire and is popular as a clubbing venue for one-off nights - Secretsundaze have held some legendary nights here. The eclectic programme also ensures the venue appeals to an eclectic crowd. The beautiful building dates back to Victorian times and still has some of its original features with exposed brickwork and a 10-metre high ceiling punctuated with skylights.
Events at Village Underground
Sunday 30th April 2017 - 3pm-11.59pm | £15-£25
Resident Enzo Siragusa heads up a night of house and techno, with Nima Gorji.
Tuesday 2nd May 2017 - 7.30pm | £12
The four-piece out of London perform grunge, rock and pop.
Thursday 4th May 2017 - 7.30pm-11pm | phone for availability £15
The outfit that comprises Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn hails from Durham, North Carolina and performs self-penned indie-pop songs.
Friday 5th May 2017 - 10pm-6am | £10 & £15
Italo disco, techno and psychedelic electronica courtesy of Red Axes, Barnt and Marvin & Guy.
Wednesday 17th May 2017 - 7.30pm | £22.50
The award-winning singer from Mali performs her world music originals.
An intimate music venue that's a favourite with the Secretsundaze founders.
13-14 The Oval, London, E2 9DU
Tube: Bethnal Green Station
Directly opposite Oval Space and run by the same team, The Pickle Factory hosts shows, bands and club nights in an intimate and dark space within an old industrial warehouse that was once, you guessed it, a pickle factory. Reinvented as an event venue in 2013, it has been turned into an intimate party space with minimal frills and a special focus on acoustics for live or music-based entertainment. Typically, there are shows during the week while weekends are party nights with Fridays programmed by the in-house team and Saturdays run by promoters. Loved by the founders of Secretsundaze, it's fast becoming one of London's top music destinations.
Events at The Pickle Factory
Tuesday 25th April 2017 - 7.30pm-11pm | £7
The Colchester-based pairing of Matt Canham and Abigail Dersiley bring their electronica originals to the stage.
Wednesday 26th April 2017 - 7.30pm-11pm | phone for availability £7
Enchanting siren-like vocals and lyrics, resulting in a sound rich in texture whilst retaining a measured pop sensibility.
Thursday 27th April 2017 - 7.30pm-11pm | £12.50
Textural electronic artist Guy Andrews co-curates a new series called Guises. Untold will be joining Guy as the resident DJ.
Friday 28th April 2017 - 9pm-6am | £12.50
Electronic dance music is supplied to the dancefloor by Jane Fitz and Aboutface.
Saturday 29th April 2017 - 10pm-5am | £12.50
The German DJs Kassem Mosse and Oliver Hafenbauer bring their top techno tracks to the party.
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