Pacha is the shamelessly glamorous antidote to London's gritty clubbing scene. Their stated intention has always been to recreate the Ibiza experience in London, a policy which extends from their line-ups of top European DJs to the stinging prices on the door. Located in a historic 1920s building behind the very unglamorous Victoria Station, Pacha is dripping with glitterballs and chandeliers, and the building has original oak panelling and an elegant stunning stained glass ceiling. There's a gallery overlooking the main dance floor, and a second dance area with its own sound system, plus a terrace in the summer. The crowd is stylish and beautiful, and you will definitely need to dress to impress here.
London's Top Clubs
Clubland kings, Pacha, bring the spirit of Ibiza to south London
Head to world-famous Fabric for some serious dancefloor hedonism
77a Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 3HN
Built on the site of a Victorian meat cellar, Fabric continues to boast some of the most sensational line-ups in the capital. Its global reputation is founded on diversity and willingness to showcase new talent alongside its brilliant residents, planning its nights around great music, rather than flying in superstar DJs. Feel the bass bleed through the speakers buried in the floor and recline in style on the famous bed seats at one of their top regular nights. FabricLive on Fridays is regularly rammed and draws some of the biggest names in breakbeat, drum'n' bass, indie and electro. Saturday nights showcase underground talent, internationally respected masters of electronic music and established live acts, while Sunday nights (and Monday mornings) give partygoers a chance to indulge in some serious dancefloor hedonism with the Wetyourself crew. Because it's such a famous brand, Fabric gets horribly crowded sometimes, but the best acts usually don't come on until 3am, when the tourists have gone and the hardcore clubbers have space to party.
Events at Fabric
Friday 28th November 2014 - 11pm-7am | £19, NUS £13, adv £13-£18, inc CD £23, £10 after 3am
DJ Hype, TC, Hazard, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Pascal, A Guy Called Gerald, Hit & Run and more provide house music across three rooms.
Saturday 29th November 2014 - 11pm-8am | £21, adv £20, NUS £14, £10 after 4am
Dub, breaks, house, funk and techno courtesy of DJs Craig Richards, Joy Orbison, Tama Sumo, Simon Baker, Terry Francis, Slam, Sterac, Geddes, Simon Baker plus Mr Tophat and Art Alfie across three rooms.
Sunday 30th November 2014 - 11pm-5.30am | £12, adv/NUS £7
Techno courtesy of DJs Russ Yallop, Peter Pixzel and Cormac.
Friday 5th December 2014 - 11pm-7am | £20, adv £14-£19, NUS £14, £10 after 3am
House and electronic dance music courtesy of DJs Ben UFO, Shackleton, Leif, Equinox, Blawan, Henning Baer, Blue Hour, Bok Bok, Beneath, Nick Craddock and Andrew Lyster.
Saturday 6th December 2014 - 11pm-8am | £21, NUS £14, adv £20, mems £11, £10 before 4am
House and techno featuring in room one RPR Soundsystem with Raresh, Petre Inspirescu and Rhadoo, in room two Aus Music with Will Saul and Huxley, plus in room three Reverberations To RVS with Asadinho and ...
Former theatre KOKO is the life and soul in Camden Town
1A Camden High Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 7JE
KoKo offers a great mixture of live bands and club nights that have put it at the heart of the Camden nightlife. The huge stage, broad balconies and plush upstairs bars are a reminder of its former role as the Camden Theatre (which originally opened its doors in 1900), and the deep red colour scheme, chandeliers and gilt molding give it a decadent air that matches the rock stars who grace the stage. It has an illustrious rock 'n' roll history, having hosted The Clash and the Sex Pistols in the 1970s, and The Eurythmics, Madness and Madonna in the 1980s. It became a much-loved scuzzy rock club in the 1990s, before being restored and reopened in 2004.
Events at KOKO
Monday 24th November 2014 - 7pm | £17.50
The singer from Philadelphia performs commercial pop.
Tuesday 25th November 2014 - 7pm | £14
Five-piece pop punk band hailing from Australia.Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Wednesday 26th November 2014 - 7pm-11pm | £14
Five-piece pop punk band hailing from Australia.Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
Thursday 27th November 2014 - 7pm | £17.50
The Devon-born singer-songwriter, Fin Greenall, who is now based in Brighton, performs alternative rock with a wide range of influences.
Friday 28th November 2014 - 6.45pm | £15
The experimental beatboxer uses live looping technology to alter the pitch of his voice, or to add audio effects such as delays, reverbs and modulation effects.
Head to Cable for beats loud enough to shake London Bridge
33A Bermondsey Street, Bankside, London, SE1 2EG
Tube: London Bridge Station
Since the closure of clubland stalwarts The Cross, The Key, Canvas, Turnmills and The End, pessimists began to see London's glass as well and truly half empty. But the recent influx of clubs popping up south of the river - and in particular, like Cable, underneath the arches near London Bridge - shows that the glass is clearly more than half full, as a new generation of nightspots rises from the ashes. Located in the Bermondsey Street tunnel nearby London Bridge tube, the 1000-capacity Cable is spread over three archways (each with its own bar) and two dance floors (with a bespoke soundsystem by European sound specialists Nova). Just short of a full 24-hour licence, the club opens until 6am on Fridays and Saturdays and has grown both in popularity and size since opening its doors back in 2009. 2012 saw the unveiling of the mysterious third room - a sister club named Relay - which comes complete with its own independent line-up of live music, comedy and clubnights.
Proud Camden is one of London's most unique clubbing destinations
The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AH
Tube: Chalk Farm Station
Not the easiest of places to find yet Camden Proud has easily found a place in the hearts of many. This art gallery by day becomes a superb venue for live music and parties at night, attracting up-and-coming eclectic acts as well as established stars such as Peter Doherty, Dizzee Rascal and Amy Winehouse. Located in Camden Stables Market along a cobbled back street, the painstakingly restored venue is spread between a large main room (with huge wooden beams propping up a high ceiling), the quirky stables of the 200-year-old Grade II listed horse hospital and a spacious terrace area with seating and winter-time heating. Individual horse compartments make for an amusing setting to drink and be merry, and can also be hired out for private events. Anyone who fails to be won over by the charm and uniqueness of Proud Camden must have got up on the wrong side of bed. This is a splendid, different and exciting venue with friendly staff, a trendy crowd and enough going on to keep you entertained and coming back for more. If you have yet to visit, we suggest you rectify that as soon as possible.
Events at Proud Camden
6th November 2014 to 11th January 2015 | Free
23rd November 2014 to 31st January 2015 - 12noon-4pm | £12 with code 'timeout'
Monday 24th November 2014 - 7.30pm-12midnight | £4 & £6
The Camden-based collective performs its synth-infused brand of indie rock.
20th November to 3rd December 2014 | Free
The Proud Galleries and Sony present Studio to Stereo, a special exhibit that showcases a collection of photographs of never-before-seen photographs of musical icons. Curated by Alex Proud, it will feature images of the likes ...more
Tuesday 25th November 2014 | £6
DJs spin house, electro, hip hop, R&B, chill and deep house across 3 rooms.
26th November to 24th December 2014 - 7pm-2am | Fri, Sat £79, Wed, Thu £69
Big, shiny and Proud, this O2 based club really packs a punch
The O2 Arena Peninsula Square, Greenwich, London, SE10 0DX
Tube: North Greenwich Station
In the sad shell of the Millennium Dome, a superclub was born, going by the name of Proud2. Sporting one of the world’s most powerful audio sound systems, heaps of high tech art lighting and a Body Sonic dance floor (meaning that the floor moves with the music). This ambitious project was the brainchild of the nightlife masters who brought us Proud Camden; they took over the 2,600 capacity Matter club space, drenched it in decadent gilded glam, smothered it in chandeliers, soaked the walls in art deco and flung open their doors to throngs of eager partygoers. Proud2 is more akin with the type of clubs you might find in the Balearic Islands and, in hopeful anticipation of steamy summer weather, it is also the proud owner of London’s largest smoking area, which comes complete with its own bars, food vans, heated beds and state of the art parasols. Proud2 comes with all the superclub trimmings; a sterling lineup of world class music and wallet-draining prices to match.
Creative arts venue and much-loved underground clubbing destination
Unit 5 Farrell Court, Elephant Road, Elephant and Castle, London, SE17 1LB
A superbly designed two-room club and arts venue that captures the feeling of an illegal party in a squatted industrial space - while still being clean, well-organised and close to central London. There's absolutely no passing trade here (it's pretty hard to find, in fact), so if you want to be sure of a night where everyone is there for the music, this is the place to go. Corsica Studios is home to many of London's oddest and most daring clubbing experiences, with a consistent focus on the cutting edge of electronic and indie experimentation, all played out on two Funktion 1 sound-systems. The opposite of the polished superclub experience available across the road at Ministry of Sound.
Events at Corsica Studios
Monday 24th November 2014 - 10pm-3am | adv £3
Sixty Four Zero presents house and techno courtesy of Ramalley Bomb Squad, Adam Yee and guest.
Thursday 27th November 2014 - 11pm-3am | £5
Guest DJs Christian Piers (Laszlo Dancehall) and Taneli take to the decks.
Friday 28th November 2014 - 10pm-6am | adv £8-£15
Just Jack residents Tom Rio and Dan Wild are joined by Detroit's Delano Smith plus a live show from legendary French techno artist Point G and finally Jane Fitz.
Friday 28th November 2014 - 11pm-6am | £5-£12.50
Craig Richards supplies a mash-up of genres from house to reggae and soul to techno. With support from Studio 89 DJs.
Saturday 29th November 2014 - 10pm-7am | £17, early bird £10, super early bird £5, third release £12.50, fourth release £15
Techno and house from Genius Of Time, Christopher Rau, Huerco S, Imre Kiss, Jason Spinks and Asquith to celebrate the first birthday of the clubnight.
Head-scrambling dance music at 24-hour party palace, Egg.
200 York Way, King's Cross, London, N7 9AP
Tube: Caledonian Road Station
The fabulous Egg nightclub was well prepared for the smoking ban, with a fantastic garden and terrace which make it one of London's finest summer clubbing spots. Egg is spread out over three floors and each one has its own distinct look and feel. The ground floor has an industrial look while the loftbar area is much sleeker. Well-programmed nights of house, electro and dirty beats (plus the ever-tempting draw of a 24 license) attract a wild polysexual crowd. It's at its most hedonistic for the Sunday morning after-party Breakfast at Egg, when North London's wildest clubbers converge to watch the sun rise and keep the rave alive.
Events at EGG
Tuesday 25th November 2014 - 11pm-6am | £12 aefore 1am, £15 after 1am, NUS/mems £8
House and techno music courtesy of Unai Trotti, JB and NDR (UK).
Friday 28th November 2014 - 11pm-8am | mems £15, adv £13, NUS £12
Nu-disco and deep house courtesy of German DJ and producer Robin Schulz, with Nico Pusch, Disciples and more to be announced.
Saturday 29th November 2014 - 11pm-11.59pm | £10-£17
Electronic dance music and techno courtesy of DJs Monika Kruse, Christian Smith and Sam Divine.
Saturday 29th November 2014 - 11pm-10am | £25
Friday 5th December 2014 - 11pm-8am | £10-£17
House, dance and techno courtesy of DJ Claptone, Todd Terry, Mickey, Willers Brothers and The Mistaa.
World famous Ministry of Sound is a clubland institution.
103 Gaunt Street, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6DP
A massive sound system, huge dancefloor and a staggering roster of big name DJs has made sure of Ministry of Sound's place in clubbing folklore. The opening night back in 1991 heralded the explosion of superclubs across the UK. Boasting a crisp, clear, thumpingly loud sound system, and some of the best house DJs of the era, the club attracted thousands of hedonists south of the Thames every weekend. This giddy ascendancy was subsequently translated into various record labels, a clothing company and sister clubs across the globe. Of course, success on such a scale never lasts, least of all in clubland, and the buzz around the venue had stagnated by the late '90s. Thankfully the last few years have seen the brains behind the operation quit resting on their laurels and sort it out. A welcome refurbishment of the interior and a creative injection into the DJ line-up means that Ministry is still well worth a look.
Events at Ministry of Sound
Tuesday 25th November 2014 - 10pm-4am | £3
Matin2smoove, AndyP, Louis Solito and more supply house and techno.
Friday 28th November 2014 - 10.30pm-6am | £20, adv £18
DJs Vitalic, Phil Kieran and Marco Bailey spin house, techno and dance.
Saturday 29th November 2014 - 11pm-7am | £20
High Contrast spins drum'n'bass, with support from Calyx & TeeBee and Rockwell.
Sunday 30th November 2014 - 4pm-12midnight | £25
Danny Krivit, Justin Berkmann, Kenny Carpenter, Horse Meat Disco and more supply a mix of funk, soul, dance, disco, garage and house.
Friday 5th December 2014 - 10.30pm-6am | £20, £18, mems £14
Progressive house and EDM from Kaskade, Matisse & Sadko, Harrison, DJ Fubar, Paul Morrell, Danny Dove and Shane Davies.
XOYO's cutting edge clubnights are at the centre of the Shoreditch scene
32-37 Cowper Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4AP
Tube: Old Street Station
Spread across two floors on an unassuming street in Old Street, XOYO functions as a living, breathing hub for art, music and cultural happenings. Although the main draw definitely appears to be its eclectic musical programme, their regular clubnights have seen artists such as Jamie xx, Mos Def, Jessie J and The Drums take to the stage, whilst Bugged Out! Neon Noise Project, Upset The Rhythm and Durrr are among the promoters who have signed up to throw parties. XOYO has a capacity of 800 and is spread across two floors; the main room is a high-ceiling basement housing three bars, mobile staging and a D&B soundsystem, while the similarly spacious ground floor also boasts an outdoor smoking terrace.
Events at XOYO
17th March to 24th November 2014 | £5, adv £3
Monday 24th November 2014 - 10pm-3am | £7, £6 before 11pm, adv £5
An eclectic mixture of all things Trap, Garage, House, Bass and Old School Hip Hop across two floors.
Tuesday 25th November 2014 - 10pm-3am | £3
Underground house courtesy of guest DJs.
Tuesday 25th November 2014 - 10pm-3am | adv £3
Sneak residents spins bass, house and techno.
Wednesday 26th November 2014 - 8pm-11pm | phone for prices
The foursome from Worthing have re-formed with some original members to play their indie-rock material.
Historic marketplace by day, iconic indie club by night
184 Camden Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 8QP
On weekends, the Electric Ballroom is transformed into a buzzing marketplace crammed with stalls, but during the evenings there's an entirely different kind of activity happening here. Dating back to the 1930s, when it was known as The Buffalo Club, this is one of Camden's longest-serving music venues. Hundreds of up and coming bands have taken to its stage. Everyone from The Clash, to Blur and Sid Vicious have played here. On Friday nights, the club hosts Sin City, which showcases rock and indie bands while Saturday nights are Shake, where you can expect hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s disco and Pop, plus all the current hits.
Events at Electric Ballroom
Wednesday 26th November 2014 - 7pm | £13
The Cambridge-based five-piece performs its alternative rock songs.
Friday 28th November 2014 - 10.30pm-3.30am | £7, concs/NUS £5 before 11.30pm
Level one boasts a playlist of classic and contemporary goth, industrial, goth-metal, EBM and crossovers. Level two plays old school metal, glam and rock.
Monday 1st December 2014 - 7pm | £12.50
The Cleveland-based quartet performs its self-penned indie-rock songs.
Friday 5th December 2014 - 9pm-3am | £14
DJs spin pop and rock classic power ballads.
Thursday 11th December 2014 - 7pm | £11
The artist performs with a seven-piece folk band. With support from Will Varley, Frankie Forman.
24th November 2014
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