When you think of London, you don’t tend to think: “party capital” and yet that’s just what the city has been for the last 3 decades. It might seem odd to some, to match that image of the beefeaters and the Queen with glowsticks and raves. After all, London is a place of class and elegance, the distinguished home of culture and civility, right?
In truth it’s both. Beneath the glossy exterior of the city, there lies an adventurous heart, a spirit of passion and commitment. Composing our list of top 10 night clubs in London was an exercise in restraint more than anything else: there’s so many options to choose from!
Fabric is one of the best known clubs in London. From the moment you step inside its dark, almost cavernous interior, it’s easy to see why. It attracts a wide variety of talent to its mainstage, blending superstars with up and comers in a way that few others are able to do. When most clubs get big, they sell their soul and turn their back on the indie scene. Not Fabric, and it’s their continued support of the little guys that marks them as one of the best around.
Fabric is located at: 77A Charterhouse St, London EC1M 6HJ
To find out more please visit: http://www.fabriclondon.com/
This was a tough one to include on our list of the top 10 London night clubs, because it’s hard to classify exactly what Madame Jojo’s really is. Regardless, it’s the ideal spot for those looking to enjoy a little racy entertainment in the evening. Shrinking violets need not apply: things can get a very raunchy at times, but if you’re looking for that bit of edge then there’s nowhere better in the capital.
Madame Jojo’s is located at: 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1F 0SE
To find out more please visit: http://www.madamejojos.com/
From the looks of the wicker chairs and tall cocktail glasses, this place could easily be mistaken for a 2nd rate bar lost somewhere in a suburban town. As it happens, it’s so uncool that it does a full loop and becomes trendy again. So trendy in fact, that it’s a been the haunt of the royal family for the past few years.
Mahiki is located at: 1 Dover St, London W1S 4LD
To find out more please visit: http://www.mahiki.com/
‘Shoreditch cool’ is something we would rarely use to describe somewhere desirable, but in this case it’s a genuine compliment. Cargo is achingly hip, to the extent that it seems to draw hipsters in like moths to a flame. Underneath it all though, there lies a very solid nightclub that’s lending the east end a little bit of central London glamour.
Cargo is located at: 83 Rivington St, London
To find out more please visit: http://static.designmynight.com/uploads/2013/12/cargo-easter-sunday-clubbing-london.jpg
The Queen of Hoxton
Anyone who has been to the rooftop bar here seems to be enchanted with it, us included. Partying into the night in the warm summer air is something of a treat, and it’s certainly more welcome than being packed into the sweaty warehouses that home most of the big clubs. Naming it as one of the best London night clubs was easy: it offers something a little different.
The Queen of Hoxton is located at: 1-5 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX
To find out more please visit: http://www.queenofhoxton.com/
This oriental themed nightclub is well known. Like some other entries on our list, it was just a little too well to overlook: when it’s at its best there’s simply no competition to this infamous nightspot. The name is possibly a nod to a brand of pure heroin, which tells you all you need to know about the place. It’s edgy, dark and atmospheric, but all the better for it.
Chinawhite is located at: 4 Winsley St, London W1W 8HF
To find out more please visit: http://www.chinawhite.com/
Funky Buddha is located at: 15 Berkeley St, London W1J 8DY
To find out more please visit: http://www.fbmayfair.co.uk/
If Mahiki is a celebrity hotspot, then Whisky Mist is the still glowing embers of that fire. Once populated by every well known face under the sun, it’s fallen on hard times recently, relatively speaking. It’s A list clients have moved on, and the club has struggled with its sudden drop off the edge of popularity. They’ve weathered the storm however, and this once farcical club has started to come back to reality. A few years ago, the idea of naming it on our list of the top 10 London night clubs would have been ludicrous. Prices have come down however, as have haughty attitudes. Whisper it, but Whisky Mist is actually getting rather respectable.
Whisky Mist is located at: 35 Hertford Street, Mayfair, London W1J 7SD
To find out more please visit: http://www.whiskymist.com/
Chakana’s main area looks like nothing else. Full of carvings, skulls and sombre lighting, it looks more akin to a south American shrine that a nightclub. It’s been good enough to draw in celebrities though, and slowly but surely this quirky haunt is becoming well known and well respected.
Chakana is located at: 23 Orchard St, London W1H 6HL
To find out more please visit: http://chakanaclub.com/
There’s one reason why you would come to the immense spaces of fire, lit with stark neon lighting and offering very little else: to dance. The pounding music, the party atmosphere, the general enthusiasm for getting down, this is one of the capital’s premier spots when it comes to dancing the night away.
Fire is located at: 39 Parry St, London SW8
To find out more please visit: http://www.firelondon.net/