London has an amazing array of diversity in terms of entertainment. From its famed West End theatre scene to classical performances, the latest Hollywood movies to live gigs and plenty more, it certainly has something for everyone. It has a very vibrant nightlife scene with some of the finest nightclubs where music of all genres is played ranging from Rock, Jazz, Swing, Disco, Retro, Techno, House and much more. Besides its smaller intimate clubs it also has a number of superclubs, where DJs from across the world drop in to play music to packed audiences.
If you plan your holidays in London this summer and want to check out some of the coolest nightclubs, then choose a hotel that is centrally located like the London Premier Kensington, which offers convenient access to the buzzing nightclub scene in the city. Some of the top nightclubs to visit when in London are:
Intimate Underground Clubs:
Another one of the newer entrants to the underground club scene XOYO is located close to Old Street Station. XOYO is managed by the same team that run the Old Queen’s Head and certainly have made their mark as well! At XOYO guests will get to experience a melange of musical styles and genres which cater to the tastes of discerning fans at every gig. XOYO focuses more on promoting cutting-edge artists, while also hosting big names from time to time. It is fast becoming one of the most happening clubs in London. Weekends nights are the time to visit with most big names around over the weekend with performances from artists like MS Dynamite, Aeroplane and Jackmaster to name a few! The top floor houses its famous bar – The Shoreditch Butchery and XOYO the dance club is downstairs.
While it cannot be called a club in the true sense- it is more of a venue that hosts a variety of club nights like Mixmag parties and dance gigs like Rudimental. It is rather spacious, which is great for a large number of people to boogie away without bumping into each other.
It can hold up to 1000 revellers and is spread over two floors that are divided into three different areas. While it is not actually an underground club, its location that lies beneath the arches of London Bridge give it this atmosphere. Some of the top draws here are the We Fear Silence monthly nights and the rather infamous Jaded after party that is hosted here.
It would be more apt to describe the Nest as a basement bar that lives up to its underground reputation as a nightclub. Although they have been around just for a few years, they attract some really big names and have had big names of the likes of Andrew Weatherall , Ivan Smagghe, Gesaffelstein and DJ Yoda among others. Saturday nights host Lemonade known for their “progressive electronic” theme besides a number of live electronic acts. A really cool place to hang out with friends!
Besides these smaller more intimate venues there are the Superclubs that make London nightlife truloy world class! They are tourist attractions in their own right with many of them star attractions for those from out of town.
Some of the big boys in the Superclub league are:
Probabaly the trendiest nightclub around, the Boujis is the epitome of elegance and luxury located in Kensington. It attracts the most glamorous A-listers and is a members club. Non-members are admitted if they are on its guest list. The biggest and most renowned DJs thump out a world-class selection of music, which has members returning every week. If you are lucky enough to make the guest list, make sure you dress your best and who knows you might just rub shoulders with a member of the Royal Family!
Ministry of Sound:
One of the biggest names on the club scene the Ministry of Sound is one of the top clubs in London. They feature some of the best house DJs that takes the clubbing experience to a whole new level. While it may not be massive in size it has a few areas to chill out at the bar. Then there is its main large venue where the bass is tuned to the max from what sound like a turbo rig or sorts. It has been around for over two decades since 1991. Friday nights play host to the Gallery with Saturday nights being themed as Saturday Sessions. On both the days expect to some of the biggest names on the club scene put in a performance with artists like Major Lazer, Fedde le Grand and Paul Oakenfold just to name a few. It is the place to find the superstars of the clubbing world!
Fabric has three large areas, with the main being the venue of the famous bodysonic dance floor, where the floor pulsates to the beat of the music. Dancers feel the music pass through their body and is one of a kind experience! It has been around from 1999, in Farringdon and open on weekends up to 6 or even 7 am at times. Every night there is something different. Fridays generally cater to drum n bass lovers and feature performers like Andy C and Grooverider. Friday nights are termed as FabricLive and feature a variety of live gigs of the likes of Breakage to Simian Mobile Disco. On Saturday nights their in-house DJs bring the house down with all kinds of electronic music, with guest DJ’s also performing like Ivan Smagghe, Matthew Dear and Horse Meat Disco etc. On Sunday nights there is the famous Wet Yourself theme, with revellers partying hard all night long. Keep an eye out for their listings as they do occasionally have smaller gigs on a Thursday at times!