London has one of the coolest clubbing scenes in the world. London has hundreds of nightclubs playing all kinds of music so choosing this top ten wasn't easy. I’ve chosen night club venues, and not club nights, as the special nights come and go but the best venues remain.
(If you are looking for club nights while you're in town, search the weekly listings in Time Out London
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attracts 5000 people each weekend and has three dance floors and three bars. It has remained popular due to the legendary DJs, such as Pete Tong and Paul Oakenfold.
The famous sound system is only ever run at 45% of its full capacity. If it was played at 100% it would be the loudest man-made sound you could hear!
Super club Fabric
has Europe's first bass-loaded "bodysonic" dance floor where bass comes through the floor so clubbers really 'feel' the music. Fabric has 5 sound-systems and 3 bars over two levels and a total area of 25,000 square feet. Oh, and be prepared for unisex toilets.
has five rooms including a swimming pool and a jacuzzi (towels provided) - and there's no other club in the UK that can make that claim! There are also two dance floors and a chill out room, plus a VIP lounge.
is a Camden nightclub and music venue at the bottom of Camden High Street, in a Grade II listed theater building. This 1,500 capacity venue opened in 2004 and has already has had headline performances from Coldplay
, My Chemical Romance
, and Prince
is London's best known gay club and attracts gay/straight/mixed clubbers for its regular club nights every week. It's located in railway arches under Charing Cross Station, close to Trafalgar Square
. Heaven is very popular and has some impressive guest DJs playing the best and latest European dance music.
has a 800 capacity, spread over 3 floors plus a balcony terrace and central courtyard garden. The garden has a bar, garden furniture, artificial grass, and a swimming pool in the summer. The garden is the largest open space in London clubland but is popular with smokers. Check out Breakfast @ EGG
for a club that starts at 5am on Sundays!
reopened in 2001 after a £2 million refit. Pacha's stylish 1920s building with oak paneling, chandeliers, a stained glass ceiling, and balcony that overlooks the main dance floor, attracts a glamorous crowd.
The Rhythm Factory
can be a meeting place at the end of the day or a place to party at the weekend. The music is diverse and the atmosphere is laid back. Weekend club nights are popular and are open till 5am. Pete Doherty plays here regularly.
This is an independent arts organisation with the club in one of the railway arches behind the Elephant and Castle shopping centre. It attracts students and arty types who love experimental sounds plus dubstep and garage.
2013 update: Herbal is now closed. Herbal
is another converted warehouse in trendy Shoreditch/Hoxton. There is lots of exposed brickwork for that industrial look, but it never feels cold here. The sound system is great and the DJs are cutting edge. Big name DJs have included: Goldie, Fabio, Andy Weatherall, and Groove Armada.