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.
Top London Clubs
Head to world-famous Fabric for some serious dancefloor hedonism
77a Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 3HN
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
23rd to 29th Sep 2016 | £18
The indie-rock four-piece from Sheffield celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album, Well, Well, Well.
Tuesday 27th September 2016 - 7pm | £18.50
Heavy metal collective, lead by guitarist and vocalist Bryan Giles, and heralding from Portland, Oregon.
Wednesday 28th September 2016 - 7pm | £16
Catherine Bohart, Harriet Braine, Micky Overman, Rivka Uttely, Rose Robinson and Rosie Jones deliver their stand-up acts at the prestigious comedy awards, with MC Kerry Godliman and raising funds for Refuge, a domestic violence charity.
Thursday 29th September 2016 - 7pm | £22.50
All of the founder members of Cymande are back to play together again for a special London concert celebrating the work of this seminal British funk group.
Friday 30th September 2016 - 10pm | £5
The Nottingham-based pair of Charles Burley and Alexander Noble perform their self-penned synth-pop songs.
London's biggest club brings Ibiza-style partying to the capital.
338 Boord Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 0PF
Tube: North Greenwich Station
Following a major refurbishment, Studio 338 reopened in spectacular style in March 2014, with Mark 'MK' Kinchen, Kevin Saunderson and Kate Simko all on the line-up. With a capacity of 3,000, the vast dance venue is London's biggest nightclub and aims to bring Ibiza-style clubbing to the capital. Equipped with state-of-the-art visual technology and a VOID sound system, it's ideal for major electro and techno nights, and it also doubles as an event space. Located in Greenwich it isn't exactly in the city's clubbing hotspots but with an all-night outdoor terrace that has hot air pumped into it you can always pretend you're off on your holidays.
Events at Studio 338
Saturday 1st October 2016 - 8pm-7am | £30, £15 before 10pm
German DJs Sven Vath, Dana Ruh and Dorian Paic come together for a large one, each dropping their own brand of idiosyncratic techno.
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
7th January to 22nd December 2016 - 9pm-2.30am | £5-£7, adv £3
Friday 30th September 2016 - 7pm-10.30pm | £5
Indie, rock and folk music by the south west London-based band. With support from Zulfe, Atlanta Mae and Stu Rawle.
Friday 30th September 2016 - 9pm-2.30am | adv £10 & £12
House, garage, club classics, hip hop and R&B across three rooms, dropped by the likes of Chris Jones, Ross Thomas, Bassface Brown, Danny P and more.
Saturday 1st October 2016 - 10pm-2.30am | £5-£12
Resident DJs and guests supply house, R&B and funk, with live bands and surprises.
Friday 7th October 2016 - 9pm-2.30pm | £10, adv £5-£8
Dixon Brothers, Listener and Ben Cain play house, garage, R&B, 1980s, 90s and club classics across three rooms.
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, 4-5 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
Thursday 29th September 2016 - 8pm | £12
The Japanese four-piece performs psychedelic rock material.
Friday 30th September 2016 - 11pm-6am | £15, early bird £8 & £12
Dan Beaumont, Francis Inferno Orchestra, Hesseltime, Jane Fitz and more supply house and techno to celebrate the label's fifth birthday.
Saturday 1st October 2016 - 11pm-7am | adv £5-£15
Techno and house courtesy of fresh talent and newer artists along with a few favourites, plus a special Room 2 Salt Mines extravaganza.
Sunday 2nd October 2016 - 5am-3pm | £15
House and techno with Ansome, Ossian, Ayarcana, Raymundo Rodriguez, Sticky Ground with Empyrean, 74185#, Curled, Kuetzal and Untitled DJs.
Thursday 6th October 2016 - 9pm-3am | £5-£10
Al Dobson Jr and Our Mutual Friend drop techno, beats, house and more.
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 27th September 2016 - 11pm-6am | adv £5
House and techno fusion courtesy of Ex Sound System.
Friday 30th September 2016 - 11pm-7am | £5
House and techno courtesy of Spanish producer Wade, Kydus and Tommy Vercetti.
Saturday 1st October 2016 - 9pm-9am | £10-£25
DJs from the label spin tech house and techno across three rooms.
Wednesday 5th October 2016 - 10.30pm-3.30am | adv £5
Resident DJs spin an eclectic blend of hip hop, house, R&B, garage, trap and grime, nostalgic and new.
Friday 7th October 2016 - 11pm-7am | £10-£25
House, tech house, disco, groove, garage and Balearic beats from Dennis Cruz, Raffa FL, Martin Ikin and Jess Bays.
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 27th September 2016 - 10pm-5am | £7
DJs spin a mixture of dance, disco, garage and hip hop.
Friday 30th September 2016 - 10.30pm-6am | £10-£24
Senor Saiz arrives at The Gallery in fine form, with this final UK show of 2016.
Saturday 1st October 2016 - 11pm-6am | £10-£26
A stellar line-up of Together favourites and fresh new talent, with CamelPhat, Jax Jones, SKT and friends.
Saturday 1st and Saturday 15th October 2016 at 12noon-2pm and 3pm-5pm | £10.50-£13
Family rave fest, with DJs and live performances.
Tuesday 4th October 2016 - 10pm-4am | £6
House, techno and everything in between, from Society residents, Maritn2smoove, Andy Purnell, Paul Eden, DJelley and Mister Blaq.
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
Tuesday 27th September 2016 | £12.50
The London-based five-piece perform rap.
Tuesday 27th September 2016 - 10pm-3am | £7, adv £4
A weekly dose of house and techno from resident DJs and a scattering of guests.
Friday 30th September 2016 - 9pm-4am | £12.50
Julio Bashmore and Mosca spin house and bass with support from Lemmy Ashton.
Saturday 1st October 2016 - 9pm-4am | £5-£18.50
House from Francois K, Late Nite Tuff Guy and Hubie Davison.
Sunday 2nd October 2016 - 4pm-1am | £5-£15
DJs spin house and techno from all over the world.
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
Tuesday 27th September 2016 - 7pm | £15, phone for availability
American indie rock five-piece air tracks from the third studio album Big Mess.
Friday 30th September 2016 - 9pm-3am | £14, adv £11
DJs Steve Proud, Brian Mahoney, "Mr" Flash, Dave Fawbert and Alex Gilbert preside over the UK-wide brand devoted to power ballads and rock anthems, replete with inflatable guitars, microphones and group sing-alongs.
Saturday 1st October 2016 - 10pm-3am | £8
Thursday 6th October 2016 - 7pm | £15
The Cambridge-based five-piece plays contemporary rock originals.
Friday 7th October 2016 - 7pm-0.15am | £20
The official annual celebration of the life, music and legacy of the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist. Featuring the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra.
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