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If London Bridge is the new Shoreditch (as some people claim) then The Arches was always going to have to branch out from its days as XXL gay nightclub.

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ArcadiaIf London Bridge is the new Shoreditch (as some people claim) then Arcadia (formerly The Arches) was always going to have to branch out from its days as XXL. While bear-friendly XXL still runs its nights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Fusion runs on Sundays, Arcadia is now more gay-friendly rather than gay full-stop. Nights such as Let's Go Crazy (Monday) and Thursday's House have broadened the appeal of Arcadia, making it a more mainstream destination. Located just a few minutes walk from London Bridge tube, Arcadia consists of four huge railway arches divided into three rooms of music, two spacious (and cheap) bars and a large undercover garden area for smokers and those wishing to cool off. A state-of-the-art NEXO GEO soundsystem means the music is of utmost quality, while the backstage crew use the space with expert precision to bring out the best in visual and laser lighting shows. Such an expert set-up offers more to the discernable dance floor dweller than the nearby Shunt Vaults, whose arches are often left bare, dark and dank. With many central London clubs now closed down, Arcadia looks set to pick up the baton and usher in a new era for the capital's ravers.

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Underground Stations

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Borough Tube Station
4 minutes walk
London Bridge Tube Station
7 minutes walk
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

London Bridge Railway Station
7 minutes walk
Elephant & Castle Railway Station
12 minutes walk
Car Parks

Car Parks

Union Car Parks
1 minutes walk
Snowsfields NCP
5 minutes walk

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CitizenM London Bankside
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £89† 35% off
20 Lavington S, SE1 | 4 minutes from Arcadia
From comfy king sized beds and an international plug system to free movies and complimentary WiFi, the citizen London Bankside hotel promises to offer its guests ... More
Hilton London Bankside
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £98† 27% off
2-8 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 | 6 minutes from Arcadia
The Hilton London Bankside is a purpose built hotel with a four-storey glass atrium, 292 rooms and fitness centre, complete with swimming pool, and an opulent ... More
Holiday Inn Express London Southwark
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel † from £67† 23% off
103-109 Southwark Street, SE1 | 7 minutes from Arcadia
Located in the bustling heart of London's arts scene, with the capital's finest theatres, concert halls and cinemas just a short stroll away, this is a ... More
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Alternative Nightclubs nearest Arcadia

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Corsica Studios
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
Unit 5 Farrell Court, 4-5 Elephant Road, Elephant and Castle, London SE17 | 14 minutes from Arcadia
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, ... More
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Proud Cabaret City
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
1 Mark Lane, City, London EC3R | 15 minutes from Arcadia
Just as you used to be in a 1920s speakeasy, at Proud Cabaret you're entertained while you dine. A lively mix of cabaret, jazz and burlesque ... More
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Fabric
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
77a Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1M | 22 minutes from Arcadia
Built on the site of a Victorian meat cellar, Fabric continues to boast the most sensational line-ups in the capital. Its global ... More
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Arcadia clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Devonshire House
London > Nightlife > Bars
64 Union Street, SE1 | 1 minute from Arcadia
Within the Flat Iron Square site, an area encompassing six railway arches and filled with restaurants, street food and a live music venue, is Devonshire ... More
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Call Me Mr Lucky
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Breakfast Club, 11 Southwark Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Arcadia
Not content with leading London's breakfast scene, The Breakfast Club are now also pioneers in cocktail bars. Along with the opening of their café in London ... More
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Wheatsheaf
London > Nightlife > Pubs
6 Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Arcadia
Following a three-year closure due to the Thameslink building works, the Wheatsheaf pub next to Borough Market reopened in December 2012. Drinkers who mourned the loss ... More
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Lettice & Lovage
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 4th May to 8th July 2017 - Various Times
Arcadia, 53 Southwark Street, SE1 | 1 minute from Arcadia
Trevor Nunn directs the first major revival of Peter Shaffer's award-winning comedy, which charts the unlikely friendship of a fanciful stately home tour guide, who repeatedly ...More
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The Tempest
London > Events > Theatre †Dates: 27th Jun to 2nd Jul 2017 - Various Times
Arcadia, 56 Park Street, SE1 | 3 minutes from Arcadia
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Mark Steel: Who Do I Think I Am'
London > Events > Comedy †Dates: Wednesday 28th June 2017 - 8pm
Arcadia, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 | 6 minutes from Arcadia
The critically acclaimed star of BBC1's Have I Got News For You and BBC Radio 4's Mark Steel's In Town, presents his latest show which is ...More
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Omeara
London > Entertainment > Live Music
6 O'Meara Street, Union Street, SE1 | Same location as Arcadia
Mumford and Sons band member Ben Lovett, co-founder of independent record label Communion, bucks the trend for closing down ... More
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Menier Chocolate Factory
London > Entertainment > Theatres
53 Southwark Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from Arcadia
Housed in a former chocolate factory, this innovative theatre has rapidly established itself as one of London's best. Since opening in 2004, it has had half-a-dozen ... More
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The Bunker
London > Entertainment > Theatres
53a Southwark Street, SE1 | 1 minute from Arcadia
An Off-West End theatre housed in a former underground parking garage in London Bridge, The Bunker is a small 110-seater studio theatre used ... More
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Arcadia
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Flat Iron Square
London > Attractions >
68 Union Street, SE1 | 1 minute from Arcadia
The Flat Iron Square project is an exciting piece of town planning and urban renewal. This Bankside development has ... More
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Golden Hinde
London > Attractions > Boats and Bridges
Pickfords Wharf, Clink Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Arcadia
Sir Francis Drake completed the second-ever circumnavigation of the world between 1577-80 in a galleon ship called the Golden Hinde. The ship has been re-created and ... More
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Contemporary Applied Arts
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
89 Southwark Street, Fitzrovia, London SE1 | 5 minutes from Arcadia
Founded in 1948 to promote and champion British craft, Contemporary Applied Arts operates a modern gallery space at 89 Southwark Street as a showcase of the ... More
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Burnt Lemon Bakery
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
Flat Iron Square, 68 Union Street, SE1 | 1 minute from Arcadia
Founded by chef and baker Matthew Dryden in early 2016, Burnt Lemon Bakery is serious about sourdough breads, made exclusively with organic flours milled in the ... More
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O W Loeb
London > Shopping > Wine Merchants
3 Archie Street, SE1 | 1 minute from Arcadia
Specialists in fine German wine, this shop has moved to larger premises and taken its customers with it - they have a deserved reputation for excellence ... More
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Konditor & Cook
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
10 Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Arcadia
Konditor & Cook specialise in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city. This ... More
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Bar Douro
London > Restaurants > Central European restaurants
Arch 35B Flat Iron Square, Union Street, SE1 | 1 minute from Arcadia
Bringing the terra of Portugal to the arches of London Bridge at Flat Iron Square, Bar Douro is a lovely ... More
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Ekachai
London > Restaurants > Pan-Asian restaurants
68 Union Street, SE1 | 1 minute from Arcadia
The fourth branch of Ekachai in London, this Flat Iron Square restaurant brings the flavours of South East Asia to SE1 with classic Thai, Malay and ... More
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Savage Salads
London > Restaurants >
Flat Iron Square, 68 Union Street, SE1 | 1 minute from Arcadia
Savage Salads is the brainchild of Italian chef Davide Del Gatto and former restaurant manager Kristina Gustafsson from Sweden. They're on a mission to bring healthy ... More
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London College Of Communication
London > Education > Professional Training
Elephant & Castle, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 | 14 minutes from Arcadia
From a clutch of excellent courses in London, this is the best and among the premier specialist media courses in the world. Formerly London College of ... More
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 21 minutes from Arcadia
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
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Career Energy
London > Education > Career Services
4-6 Staple Inn, Holborn, London WC1V | 23 minutes from Arcadia
Situated in the heart of London, Career Energy – formed in March 2002 - offers comprehensive advice on careers, career change and job searching. They’ll analyse ... More
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Skypool at the Shangri-La Hotel
London > Leisure >
Floor 52, Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, Bankside, London SE1 | 7 minutes from Arcadia
High up on the 52nd floor of the highest hotel in Western Europe sits the highest pool in Western Europe. The 11 by 4 metre ... More
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Snowsfields Wellness
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
41 Snowsfields, SE1 | 9 minutes from Arcadia
It's a relief to step into Snowsfields Wellness, with its shelves of carefully selected healthy and organic products. Unlike plenty of other places, each of the ... More
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Agua Bathhouse and Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 12 minutes from Arcadia
Six private treatment rooms, including a couples' suite and a private thermal suite, make up agua Bathhouse and Spa within Mondrian London at Sea Containers. Bringing ... More
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Wheatsheaf
London > Nightlife > Pubs
6 Stoney Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Arcadia
Following a three-year closure due to the Thameslink building works, the Wheatsheaf pub next to Borough Market reopened in December 2012. Drinkers who mourned the loss ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
National Trust: George Inn, The George Inn Yard
London > Nightlife > Pubs
77 Borough High Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Arcadia
Borough High Street was once crammed full of old coaching inns, providing accommodation and refreshment to weary pilgrims, merchants and travellers on their way up from ... More
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Charles Dickens
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
160 Union Street, SE1 | 5 minutes from Arcadia
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Vinopolis
London > Business > Venue Hire
London Bridge, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Arcadia
This conference and event venue caters for between 10 and 1250 guests. Ideal for dinners, conferences, exhibitions, meetings, product launches & AGMs. ... More
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Tate Modern
London > Business > Venue Hire
Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | 6 minutes from Arcadia
Located along the banks of the River Thames in the former Bankside Power Station, originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1947, the architect of ... More
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Skinners' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
8 1/2 Dowgate Hill, City, London EC4R | 10 minutes from Arcadia
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