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Long live the London clubbing scene! Where super clubs once stood, now London proudly boasts the onset of micro-clubbing. The smaller the club, it seems, the better. Local clubbing is becoming ever popular, as is clubbing that requires some form of entertainment to keep London's clubbers from dancing themselves into abject oblivion. So whether you like to chill, vibe, groove or even have a few snacks on your night out, there’s something here for everyone. Put on your gladrags and get on down to some House, electro, rock, pop, R n B, hiphop, and indie!
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Ministry of Sound
Lambeth & Elephant & Castle / Bar / Club /
This is for music lovers, not posers; a British institution, in terms of dance music. Sizable club, with a warehouse main room, swishy bar and dance floor room and the elusive VIP room. I've spent many a night here getting pumped with the sounds of bass, twisted disco (they coined this catch phrase!), trance, funky house and chilled beats.
Shoreditch / Bar / Club /
Based near the Silicon Roundabout at Old Street, this is a two-room Shoreditch nightclub that showcases the best in global DJ talent along with trailblazing up-and-coming artists. The likes of Friendly Fires, Mark Ronson, Felix Da Housecat and Simian Mobile Disco have all played at XOYO, just to give you a taste of its flavour. It has a capacity of 800 with the larger space being the basement with a stage, whilst upstairs is their sister bar, The Shoreditch Butchery, which works well as a second room. Outside of the weekend clubbing nights, it is a fantastic venue for live music performances during the week.
Camden / Bar / Club /
A real Camden institution, this Grade-II listed building knows how to put on a party: it?s been doing it for decades. A real indie pop-rock scene, complete with mosh-pits and a dazzling mirror ball, Koko?s musical diversity is legendary: from hip hop events to trance and alternative gig nights. Wave your arms in the air from the balconies, stamp your feet on the dancefloor and enjoy year-round festivities at this all-encompassing music venue.
Lambeth & Elephant & Castle / Bar /
If deep techno, house and tripped-out disco is your game, then dance the night away inside one of London?s great (but unsung) underground venues, Corsica Studios. You might find globe conquering DJs here. It?s intimate and the mind-blowing sound system attracts only the most discerning and partisan of crowds. There?s no room for VIP table crews, or early-to-bed types here. If you?re looking for London?s much heralded, but difficult to find, underground club venues, Corsica will not disappoint.
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Global
Groovy, live music club in the ultra trendy Shoreditch, complete with a street-café inspired restaurant, outdoor patio garden and massive stage. Offerings of culinary treats and musical medleys are overflowing at this address, a perfect club to chill and swing a few moves! Nice after a day's shopping on Brick Lane.
Fitzrovia / Bar / Club /
For a fun wild night out, Roxx offers a party like no other. The concept is modelled on the debaucherous backstage party you would find only in some Rockstars haven. Offering an attitude where anything goes, a unique soundtrack of party anthems and House music interlaced with great Rock&Roll through the years, and spontaneous entertainment in the form of live guitar, trumpets, sax, harmonica amongst many others to get you up and dancing, Roxx knows how to party. They still offer delicious cocktails, bottle service on tables and a premium level of service, but all with a Rock&Roll spirit & attitude, leaving the pretentiousness at the door.
Kings Cross / Bar / Club / Cuisine: Eclectic
Mammoth north central London club with enough outdoor space for marquees and a garden to boot (probably the highlight of this dance orientated music venue), with massive house nights such as Body Move, Blow which pumps out disco grooves blended with drum and bass. Check it out in the heat of summer (hopefully we get there...).
Mother Bar at 333
Shoreditch / Bar / Club /
Prepare for cocktails, indulgent black vinyl seating and a top floor dance floor that literally pulsates under your feet. Combining Mother Club and Mother Bar, this three storey Shoreditch institution draws hoards of party goers every weekend ? partly because it keeps going long after other bars have gone to bed and partly because of its ability to please everyone. Whether you prefer the pub atmosphere of the ground floor or the hard-core dance music that awaits you upstairs, 333 Club is the Mother of all good times.
Camden / Bar / Club / Cuisine: Eclectic
An interesting one, art gallery by day, happening live music venue and club playing host to an eclectic mixture of musical flavours by night. It's even retained its original stables. I'd describe Proud as savvy north London cool. It's developed a bit of a cult following with regulars such as Amy Winehouse, Sadie Frost, Carl Barat, and the Arctic Monkeys and is within walking distance from Chalk Farm station.
Hackney / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
An all-encompassing venue that includes bar, kitchen and disco right next to Hackney Central station. Its nordic theme inside a redeveloped railway station space guarantees a chilled-out, relaxed vibe in tune with the East London location. Friday night is Valhalla, playing the best of hip-hop, R&B, garage, guilty pleasures, house, funk and disco; whilst Saturdays it's Locomotive Disco, when you can hear the best of house, disco, funk and boogie in their state-of-the-art club space.
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