From renowned super clubs to artistic and cultural hubs, London’s nightlife has something to suit everyone. Here’s our round-up of some of the best nightclubs the capital has to offer.
With something for every taste, London is renowned for the variety and quality of its nightlife, and people flock from all over to party in the capital. Too much choice can be confusing however, so we’ve pulled together some of the top clubs in the city, to help you find the perfect place to party.
A legendary stalwart of the London clubbing scene, Fabric has forged a worldwide reputation for its diverse musical approach and willingness to take a chance on unknown talent. Revellers at this former Victorian meat cellar can expect to get down to a mixture of Electro, Drum ‘n’ Bass, House Music, Indie and Breakbeat, as well as enjoying live acts every Saturday night.
For fans of indie and alternative music, Camden institution Koko is the place to be. Housed in a former theatre, complete with chandeliers, balconies and gargoyles, this atmospheric venue has a packed live music calendar and is home to well-known club nights such as Buttoned Down Disco and Club NME. As well as its staple indie / pop / rock music policy, clubbers can also enjoy more diverse genres such as hip hop, house music and trance.
Notting Hill Arts Club
Small but perfectly formed, the Notting Hill Arts Club is a fun, trendy venue in the heart of the West End with live music, art exhibitions and niche underground club nights on offer. Clubbers can chill out in the comfy seating area or head to the dance floor to let their hair down. With an eclectic music policy ranging from hip-hop to house music, and covering most genres in between, having fun is most definitely the name of the game.
If you like your club nights with a tropical twist you should head to City bar and club Kanaloa. This tiki-inspired venue offers clubbers a laid back party atmosphere with cheesy pop tunes, grass skirts and garlands – all washed down with plenty of tropical cocktails. The little sister of Mayfair-based Mahiki, Kanaloa is the perfect place if you’re looking for a fun and relaxed club where you can let your hair down and party.
At the centre of the Shoreditch clubbing scene is the eclectic and cutting-edge XOYO. Spread over two floors and boasting an 800 person capacity, this Old Street venue offers patrons an exciting mash-up of art, culture and music. It is particularly renowned for its musical programme and has a proven ability to attract big name artists and DJs, such as Friendly Fires, Miss Dynamite, Too Many DJs and Simian Mobile Disco.
- 32-37 Cowper St, London EC2A 4AP
- 020 7608 2878
Kensington Roof Gardens
Nestled amongst the rooftops of High Street Kensington in West London, you’ll find a clubbing experience with a difference at the exclusive Kensington Roof Gardens. The venue is best known for its themed gardens which boast incredible views of London coupled with fountains, a stream and even real life flamingos! With a ‘no effort no entry’ dress code, this club has a glamorous vibe and attracts a well-turned out crowd of young professionals and even the odd celebrity. When it comes to music, a judicious mix of party anthems keeps the dance floor filled until the early hours.
Whether you prefer a glamorous VIP experience, dancing until the sun comes up, or enjoying live performances from your favourite artists, London’s clubbing scene has something for everyone. The popularity of the clubs listed here means it can sometimes be difficult to get in, particularly over the weekend. Get on the guest lists here to avoid disappointment and ensure you have a night to remember.