London’s club scene is one of the best in the world. With its underground dance floors in disused warehouses and superclubs like Fabric and Ministry of Sound, the city is perfect for lovers of great music played by world-class DJs.
Consistently rated as one of the best clubs in the world, Fabric is a London institution. Hosting underground DJ talent, electronic music legends and accomplished live acts, Fabric boasts three separate rooms with independent sound systems – two of which feature stages for live performances. Be sure to check out Room 1 for its vibrating “bodysonic” dance floor, where 400 bass transducers emit the frequencies of the music being played. Music varies from night to night, but expect everything from cutting-edge house, techno and electro to classic disco.
The Bussey Building, a five-storey converted warehouse in Peckham, hosts leading events in music, theatre, dance, film, art and more. But on Saturday nights the venue transforms into the South London Soul Train – one of the best club nights out in the capital, with resident and guest DJs playing funk, soul and disco bangers.
XOYO is a stalwart of East London’s clubbing scene. Split over two floors, ever-evolving DJ residencies mean the music is always fresh, with DJs spinning house, disco, techno and grime. Be advised, entry is 21+ on Fridays and Saturdays.
You can’t mention London clubbing without the behemoth that is Ministry of Sound. Located between Borough and Elephant & Castle, the club helped spawn the original ’90s ravers and is a global franchise and record label today. The club knows its audience and sticks to its house and dance groove – expect to see a variety of DJ legends and newcomers on the decks.
Deep in residential Elephant & Castle, Corsica Studios captures the spirit of an illegal rave. Two rooms pulse to the beat of one of the best sound systems in London, with nights that range from techno to offbeat electronica.
Phonox joined Brixton’s lively clubbing scene in September 2015 and since then has cemented itself as the go-to venue for South London partygoers. The popular spot hosts regular drum and bass nights, including Shogun Audio, an event featuring both rising stars and seasoned DJs. If you’re intending to visit Phonox for a Friday night session, you can expect an amazing sound system, a large dance floor and clubbers who are passionate about great music.