House music may have its roots in Chicago, where it was developed by the legend that is Frankie Knuckles. However, London has become synonymous with house music and clubbing in general, with some of the most iconic places in the world being located here.
Whether you go north, south, east or west, you will find a memorable night out with some cracking tunes to dance your cares away. To give you an idea of what to expect, we’re going to look at some of our favourite places to party.
London’s biggest nightclub a venue with a capacity of 3,000 promising something of the alfresco debauchery of Ibiza with an outdoor terrace incongruously sited next to the Blackwall Tunnel.
Studio 338 is in Greenwich, south-east London, and has hot air pumped into the outside space to heat it up in the chilly British winter
Printworks, Canada water
“It is comprised of six vast event spaces, all arranged over multiple levels with a maze of corridors and rooms. Original machinery and industrial features are retained throughout from its time as a fully operational printing press. Housing the giant printing presses that once delivered the Metro and Evening Standard newspapers to London.”
One of the biggest venues and unquestionably best for house music in the capital, Egg has a sterling reputation. As well as playing floor to ceiling tunes all night long, there’s psychedelic light shows to take you to another place, and did we mention that the place doesn’t close until 8am? What more incentive do you need to go to Egg?
On the southside, Phonox was once known as Plan B until it was taken over by the same team responsible for the huge clubbing establishments, The Nest and XOYO. What Phonox promises is a very simple premise – one dance floor, one Funtion One sound system and one DJ for the whole night. That DJ may one of the leading local names or could be one of the biggest names on the club scene. Regardless, you are always in for a good night of great music at Phonox.
Ministry of Sound
No list mentioning the best of the best London’s thriving club scene has to offer would be authoritative without including Ministry of Sound. There are great solid reasons why this venue has been one of the best-loved by clubbers from all over for around 25 years. With a plethora of club nights to satisfy the needs of any house fans, this is a brilliant way to spend a night.
The Grand, Clapham
What makes the Grand in Clapham so special? What was once a huge Victorian theatre has been converted into one of the biggest house music venues in the southwest of London. Students and adults alike congregate here to party to the music all night long.
XOYO is a huge name in the clubbing scene of London. Thanks to its two floors of partying, people from all over the city and further afield come here to party. Such is its reputation that it draws some of the biggest names in house and EDM. The music itself can take centre stage but helping to set the right atmosphere is the spellbinding light shows that complement it. While it may have a more eclectic mix throughout the week, Saturdays are all about house music.
Trapeze is a curious little place. As the name suggests, it has a decidedly wild circus-theme. Although it’s all about hip-hop jams on Friday nights, you will find other nights throughout the year for house lovers. And house nights at Trapeze are thought to be some of the best in the east of the city.
Cargo, set within a disused railway yard, with railway arches giving it a stunning look and feel, is a cool space to enjoy some great house tunes all night long. You’ll find a heady mix of both commercial house, a la Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia, alongside the classics and some with a more tropical feel. Particularly at the Wanderlust nights held on Saturdays. However, any night at Cargo is a memorable one.
Another club housed inside a converted theatre, this time in the southeast, The Coronet is known to be quite a wild place. In fact, it has courted some controversy in the past with police having to be called out because a party got out of hand in 2017. Controversy aside, if you are looking for all flavours of house music, this spot and its lively club nights are must attend.
Take a trip off the beaten track for a subtle underground haven for clubbers. Techno and house take centre stage on the playlist, with a cutting-edge lighting system creating one of the coolest and most atmospheric, and very exclusive clubs in the city.
Oslo is one of the best-loved venues for partying the night away on the east side. Tucked away inside the redeveloped Hackney Central station, there are spots to get a bite to eat and something to drink, while an amazing mix of DJ sets and live music allow you to dance until your feet hurt.
This mysterious late night cocktail bar in Clapham is a great venue for those sordid sojourns in the evenings. Open until 3am at the weekend, get down and jiggy with a gaggle of mates or tumble in after work with your co-workers for a buzzing night.
Serving deadly cocktails inspired by the Sax Rohmer book titles, expect tantalizing titles such as The Kiss of Deathand Manchu’s Mind Control, made from exciting blends of Asian spices and Chinese teas.
Top it all off with a dance floor, some great DJ sets and regular live music and you have a decadent den for your weekend mischief. Head south of the river and let loose.