London boasts an abundance of music arenas of varying sizes for all occasions. It’s hard to cover them all in one go, so here are a few of the best hip-hop
venues London has to offer. Invariably, R&B
and garage will also be on the decks in these bustling clubs.
Get down and dirty Your Mum’s House, hosted by The Nest every Thursday. It’s always guaranteed to be popping off as the party gets going in this intimate Dalston basement venue. Open from 9pm until 4am every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, this is one for the late crowd. No suits.
The Nest, 36 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, London, N16 7XJ, United Kingdom. +44 (0) 20 7275 9336
The Nest, Dalston | Courtesy of The Nest
Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, XOYO is a huge venue that attracts Londoners from all corners of the capital for energetic nights with a lively atmosphere. Genres vary on any given night, but Mondays tends to focus on hip-hop and R&B. With two large floors, there is plenty of space to explore if the playlist deviates too far from hip-hop.
XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London, EC2A 4AP, United Kingdom. +44 (0) 20 7608 2878
XOYO, Shoreditch | Courtesy of The Columbo Group
Hip Hop Brunch LDN
London loves hip-hop. London loves brunch. It was only a matter of time before some trendy brainiac combined the two, and that’s exactly what the folks over at Hip Hop Brunch LDN have done. They provide a three-course meal, bottomless cocktails and hip-hop karaoke every Saturday and every second Sunday at a secret London location. Guests can also enter the draw for a badass temporary tattoo.
Secret venue of each brunch is announced on Tuesday that week.
Temporary tattoos in the making at Hip Hop Brunch LDN | Courtesy of Hip Hop Brunch LDN
On the scene since 1995, Dogstar has over 20 years of experience providing buzzing nights out in Brixton. The hip three-story venue hosts lots of other cultural events throughout the week – but it’s party central until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays. Want to jump the queues and get free entry? Just fill in a short form on the Dogstar website to request your place on the guest list.
Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LQ, United Kingdom. +44 (0) 20 7733 7515
The Jazz Cafe
Don’t be fooled by the name. The Jazz Cafe is a badass venue that hosts an eclectic range of genres live, including hip-hop brands like Re:imagine. Looking for a refined musical experience? Enjoy all the atmosphere of the gig from above on the mezzanine while tucking into a delicious meal from the restaurant.
The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, London, NW1 7PG, United Kingdom. +44 (0) 20 7485 6834
The Jazz Café, Camden | Courtesy of The Columbo Group
The Book Club
Restaurant, European, $$$
The Book Club | Courtesy of The Book Club
The Book Club
Hoping to find something a little different? Head to The Book Club in Shoreditch for a hip-hop pub quiz. Hosted twice a month, this will put even the most hardened of hip-hop fans’ knowledge to the test. If you don’t know your Dr. Dre from your Enter the Dru, don’t bother. Perhaps their hip-hop karaoke nights are more your style.
The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH, United Kingdom. +44 (0) 20 7684 8618