London is such a huge city that you’re never short of nightlife venues, and even locals are always discovering new places to go out.
The sheer amount of nightclubs means that there’s a great variety, so no matter whether you want to go hard until the early hours or find something a bit more laid back, you’re sure to find something in the capital.
We’re going to take a look at twelve of London’s best clubs, although this is by no means an exhaustive list and we’re only scratching the surface of what the Big Smoke has to offer!
Corsica Studios is an award-winning party venue popular with local students in South London.
With two rooms and a bar, it’s got a particular focus on dubstep and garage but champions all kinds of new and experimental sounds.
This cutting edge Shoreditch two-room club also incorporates an art space and café and has featured a host of big names such as Friendly Fires, Erol Alkan, Simian Mobile Disco, Mark Ronson, 2manydjs, Tiga, Digitalism, Ms Dynamite, and more.
Located close to the Old Street roundabout, check out their Black Madonna residency which is running from now until June 2017, featuring artists such as Midland, Artwork, and Derrick Carter.
Once you see that a club is built under railway arches, you know it’s got to be at least a little bit cool right?
Cargo play all kinds of music, with resident DJs at the weekend, a student night on Tuesdays, and ‘Fried Sugar’ hip hop and R&B night.
Also, make sure to check out their tasty global street food canteen!
KOKO is one of Camden’s premier live music venues hosting a full calendar of gigs and club nights.
Popular nights include Guilty Pleasures, Buttoned Down Disco and Burst, with a diverse music policy covering the whole spectrum from rock and pop to funk and hip hop.
Ministry of Sound is one of London’s most famous clubs, having been a mecca for clubbers in the capital for over 25 years.
With four bars and four dance floors across five rooms, it’s still considered one of the premier clubbing destinations, drawing DJs such as Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, and Judge Jules.
However, be sure to book tickets in advance unless you want to spend your night in a queue.
One of the best LGBT clubs in London is Heaven, known for its great sound system and light shows, as well as being a renowned gig venue.
Saturday’s G-A-Y is the flagship night, but keep an eye out for upcoming gigs from the likes of Everything Everything, Will Joseph Cook, Jonas Blue, Joe Goddard, and more.
After ‘The Fridge’ closed in 2010, it reopened with a £1,000,000 facelift a year later as the Electric Brixton, maintaining many of the old features but with a much-improved sound system.
Nowadays it’s one of the best dance venues in South London, hosting a range of dance, electronica, and drum & bass nights, as well as gigs from the likes of Soulwax, Soul II Soul, and Twin Atlantic in the coming months.
This hip venue has the feel of an Ibiza club, with its outdoor courtyard where you can drink under the stars (weather provided of course).
And if you’ve got the stamina, you can party in true Ibiza style, watching the sun come up with a 9am closing time on Sunday mornings!
East London is hipster-central in the capital, and Queen of Hoxton is one of Shoreditch’s hippest hangouts!
The venue is home to a buzzing basement club, as well as a rooftop garden which offers stunning views over the city, both of which are open until late into the night!
Another long-time icon of London’s clubbing scene, Fabric has been open since 1999 and, while it was briefly shut down by the authorities last year, campaigners have ensured that it officially reopened in early 2017.
The consistently high-quality DJs and club nights have ensured that this venue is still considered one of the very best in London, showcasing the best from the UK’s underground electronic scene.
The Printworks is a relatively new venue which gives hope that London’s clubbing scene still has life in it yet!
The 5,000 capacity venue, which opened in January 2017, is essentially a huge newspaper printing complex which has been converted into a multi-purpose event space and is only a couple of minutes from Canada Water tube station.
One of the most high-profile events in the Printworks’ short history was playing host to the return of Gorillaz, who played their new album ‘Humanz’ in full at a secret gig last month.
Found on Kingsland High Street, the Dalston Superstore is a predictably hip club/café with nights covering everything from electro and ‘mutant pop’ on a Wednesday to Italo and disco at Discosodoma.
It mainly draws an LGBT audience, but in true inclusive East London fashion, everyone is welcome!