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16 Disco Ball Dance Floors of London

By Baldwin Ho (12 Oct 13)

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Having recently reviewed Charlie Gilkes' new nightclub Disco - with its fabulous DJ booth ensconced in a giant disco ball - I got to thinking about other great London clubs and bars which boast that most twinkling of nightlife symbols, the glitter mirror ball.

LED screens are cool, under-lit disco dance floors are groovy, world class DJs are fantastic, but it's just not a proper disco experience without the most essential item of all: the disco ball.

It glitters, it shines, it makes the unsightly bearable, it makes the good looking godlike. Above all, it gets people dancing, whether its grease lightning moves or merely gentle swaying.


16 Great Disco Balls of Fire

  • Disco - Disco balls just don't get any bigger than one which covers the whole DJ booth. This club also plays music using vinyl. This is the number one venue for all disco ball lovers in London.
  • Bunga Bunga – the big sister to Disco. Where would a kitsch fun-loving pizzeria be without a giant disco ball? It's also a great place for karaoke kings and queens.
  • Simmons bar (pictured above) – It's got a skull-shaped disco ball! It's worth just going to the bar to check out this unusual creation and their thirst quenching teapot cocktails.
  • Wellington Club – OK, so this club also has a skull-shaped disco ball and this one is designed by Damien Hirst. But this is a private member's club, so you either have to be incredibly well connected or impress the door person on the night. This is the playground for the rich and famous when they want to do grunge.
  • Infernos– it's loud, it's brash, it's huge and it's also loads of fun. It has singlehandedly turned Clapham into Boogie Wonderland central.
  • Wyld - this bar has one of the largest disco balls in London. Not only that, your sparkling experience begins as soon as you exit the lift. Their reception area literally has dozens of disco balls branching out like trees.
  • Thousand Island at The Garage – Venture up the stairs to Studio 54 on a Saturday night near Highbury & Islington station for drinks deals, disco/funk/house and a whole ceiling of the best disco balls in North London - throw some shapes, people!
  • KOKO – this legendary Camden nightclub has hosted some of the most famous artists ever - such as Prince - for concerts and after parties. It's also had some of the most popular party nights around North London.
  • XOYO – a two-room split level Shoreditch venue that can accommodate 800 guests. It can host both intimate gigs as well as large scale all night parties.
  • Pacha – the London franchise of the famous Ibiza Club. The brand name is so huge, it has its own TV channel.
  • Oval Space – Multi-use arts and event space, it sits next to a disused gasworks off Hackney Road. There's 6000 square feet of hangar space for enthusiastic ravers, dancing under a giant disco ball.
  • Bethnal Green Working Men's Club – Famous for its drag shows and cabaret parties, it's definitely not your typical nightclub venue. A visit here will definitely bring out the inner diva in you.
  • Revolution Soho – part of a chain of highly successful bars, it has a great selection of cocktails. They often send out lots of fantastic offers on their food and drinks menu.
  • The Gable – fashionable bar for city types based at Moorgate. Its 3am late night finish with DJ and dancing on Thursdays and Fridays is particularly popular with the male city traders.
  • Jewel Piccadilly – one of the most centrally located bars around the busiest part of the West End. They have lots of comfortable seating areas, the cocktails are reasonably priced and the DJs always guarantee the crowds a lively evening.
  • The Windmill International – this historical gentleman's club staged the first nude show in London in 1931. It was famously the only theatre to stay open during World War Two. It is now a popular table dancing nightclub.


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