The promise of back-to-back R&B anthems all evening is music to most clubber’s ears, and London certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to great R&B nights. If you love nothing better than taking to the dance floor and partying to some Mary J Blige and R Kelly, check out these top spots for R&B music in the city.
The name may sound rather dreary, but you can rest assured, The Book Club is one of the busiest clubs in Shoreditch with queues often running down the road and onto Great Eastern Street. For R&B fans, The Book Club hosts regular events including The Get Down every Friday night as well as R Rated which happens every couple of months. Friday nights at The Book Club often consist of resident DJ Jimmy Plates entertaining the crowd with the very best urban tracks. Just make sure you don’t leave it too late, because this popular spot fills up pretty quick on a Friday night, so best to get there early to avoid missing out on the action.
If you’re looking for a bit of midweek madness, Choke Wednesdays at Roxy offer back-to-back R&B classics until the early hours. The Roxy continues to entice clubbers with its affordable entry and reasonable drink prices, plus the space has a large floor area for dancing. Located just off Tottenham Court Road, down a small side street, the central location makes it the perfect spot to party if you want to escalate evening drinks into a last-minute night out.
Mixtape Fridays at Tape provide R&B anthems all night long, seeing you into the weekend with a bang. Tape’s mantra is “everything begins with music,” and their strong roots in the entertainment industry are undeniable, with killer lineups and DJ sets from some of the best R&B stars around. The likes of French Montana and Swae Lee (from American hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd) have graced the decks at Tape, and the possibility of guest appearances excite the club crowds. If you’re dying for a night of outstanding music and the chance of being up close to A-listers, Tape is the place to check out.
Dalston’s The Nest hosts Your Mum’s House every Thursday, an evening packed full of R&B, hip-hop and garage tracks. The intimate basement provides a close-knit clubbing experience, offering the perfect warm-up before a big weekend of partying. The night itself has a strong social following (with over 28,000 Facebook fans), all eagerly awaiting the next mid-week mash up. If you’re looking for a messy Thursday night party with ample bass line, then this is just the ticket.
Every Wednesday night, Cargo opens its doors to the midweek crowd looking to party at its very own Fried Sugar club night. The popular Shoreditch club serves up some classic hip-hop and R&B anthems (a selection of both old and new) to eager fans, plus rotating weekly resident DJs ensure fresh new sets every week for hardcore R&B fans. Cargo is the perfect location if you’re looking to step up your midweek drinks, and, with free entry, it’s pretty hard to turn down.