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The Essential Guide to London’s Best Nightclubs

Zedd perform at the Printworks, one of London's top clubs
Zedd perform at the Printworks, one of London's top clubs | © Joseph Okpako/WireImage/Getty Images

London’s club scene is second to none. Underground dancefloors at the likes of Fabric and the Ministry of Sound are held in creative venues disused warehouses and superclubs, and with a top-tier roll call of world-class DJs, this is the perfect destination for music lovers.

Fabric
Music Venue
Fabric is a London institution

Fabric is a London institution | © Chrispictures / Shutterstock

Consistently rated as one of the world’s best clubs, Fabric is a London institution. Hosting underground DJ talent, electronic music legends and accomplished live acts, it boasts three separate rooms with independent sound systems – two of which feature stages for live performances. Check out Room 1 for its vibrating “bodysonic” dancefloor, where 400 bass transducers emit the frequencies of the music being played. Music genres vary nightly, but you can expect everything from cutting-edge house, techno and electro to classic disco.

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Bussey Building
Music Venue
DJs at the Bussey Building specialise in soul, funk and disco

DJs at the Bussey Building specialise in soul, funk and disco | © Antonio Olmos / Alamy Stock Photo

This five-storey converted warehouse in Peckham hosts top 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.

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XOYO
Music Venue
XOYO is split over two floors

XOYO is split over two floors | © Tim Fergson/REX/Shutterstock

XOYO is a stalwart of the east London clubbing scene. The venue is split over two floors, and ever-evolving residencies mean the music is always fresh, with DJs spinning house, disco, techno and grime. Be advised, entry is 21+ on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Mon - Tue:
10:00 pm - 3:00 am
Thu:
10:00 pm - 4:00 am
Fri - Sat:
9:30 pm - 4:00 am

Ministry of Sound
Music Venue
World-class DJs regularly play Ministry of Sound

World-class DJs regularly play Ministry of Sound | © samuel wordley / Alamy Stock Photo

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 1990s ravers. Today it is a global franchise and record label. 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.

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The Pickle Factory
Music Venue
The Pickle Factory is an intimate music space

The Pickle Factory is an intimate music space | © Oval Space

This venue, which unsurprisingly used to be a pickle factory, is an intimate space for music lovers. Expect to see next-big-thing DJs and live bands alongside the kingpins of the electronic dance music scene.

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Printworks
Music Venue
Printworks hosts daytime raves

Printworks hosts daytime raves | © Simon King / Alamy Stock Photo

Printworks, in Surrey Quays, specialises in excellent daytime raves. Emerge blinking at 10pm and be home on the sofa by midnight.

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Corsica Studios
Music Venue
Amazing light projections at Corsica Studios

Amazing light projections at Corsica Studios | © Everynight Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Deep in residential Elephant & Castle, Corsica Studios captures the spirit of an illegal rave. Two rooms under railway arches pulse to the beat of one of the best sound systems in London, with nights that range from techno to offbeat electronica.

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Phonox
Music Venue
Phonox has a large dance floor

Phonox has a large dance floor | © Phonox

Phonox joined Brixton’s lively clubbing scene in September 2015 and 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 coming for a Friday night session, expect an amazing sound system, a large dancefloor and clubbers who are passionate about great music.

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This article is an updated version of a story created by Georgina Wilson-Powell.