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The Top 5 Night Clubs In London

Updated on March 29, 2009

 London is arguably the world’s club capital with hundreds of thousands of young and not so young people thronging into its countless nightclub and dance venues to party all through the night. Having lived in the great British capital for several years, I was always astounded whenever I would be commuting to work in the early morning and would witness the crowds of completely over-intoxicated youths that would disgorge from the myriad clubs at sunrise. While I had been comfortably sleeping in my bed, they were partying the night away... a choice of lifestyle that will remain forever a complete mystery to an early riser like me!

From the massive selection of clubs, there are a handful that are universally recognized as being the best. They’re not necessarily the biggest or the sites for Ali G’s famous “Staines Massive” but they are acknowledged as the places with the best vibes, the strongest beats and the most fascinating clientele. I was semi-forced to tour these clubs by a London friend, but he had the common courtesy of taking me there as soon as they opened in the late evening, as he well knew that I turned into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight. Therefore, the “real” action which seems to start around 1 am and carry on into the wee small hours is destined to be forever unexplored by yours truly, and I can only speak of it from what I have been told.

Ministry of Sound
103 Gaunt St, The Borough, London, SE1 6DP, 44 (0)20 7378 6528

Of course the world-famous Ministry has to appear on any list of London’s best clubs. This legendary venue has hosted a list of top international music stars that would fill a telephone book. The Ministry is usually the first stop for the club-savvy visitor to London.

77a Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 3HN, 44 (0)20 7336 8898

A strong contender to dethrone the mighty Ministry, Fabric is a hardcore, overwhelmingly intense experience that some critics have called the best club in the world. Fabric’s management is aware that the intensity of the place might be too much so they have equipped the chill-out rooms with full sized leather beds!

5-13 Vale Royal, 200 York Way, Lower Holloway, London, N7 9AP, 44 (0)20 7609 8364

The London climate wouldn’t necessarily equate to the perfect environment for an outdoor courtyard, but Egg pulls that off in style with a phenomenal exterior milieu that is perfect for drinking and dancing under the stars. Should the clouds move in (and they will), Egg offers three floors of nonstop action, all fully indoors and thankfully dry.

Notting Hill Arts Club
21 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3JQ, 44 (0)20 7460 4459

If your idea of partying is tony and trendy, then head to Notting Hill and try to find a parking space amidst the sea of Bentleys and Ferraris. This club is much more laid back than its more populist cousins and plays a wide range of music from Euroelectronica to jazz.

83 Rivington St, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY, 44 (0)20 7749 7844

Now this is an authentic London club! Set under railway arches in the finest working class English manner, Cargo will play almost anything ever recorded, so be ready for some surprises. When you’re all danced out, it’s time to feast on the club’s unique canteen offering street food from all over the world.


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      Hal Licino 7 years ago from Toronto

      My favorite club is wherever birds pull old geezers like me. :)

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      johnmce 7 years ago from Brighton, UK

      not sure about ministry but the egg and fabric are definitely in my top 5 as well