Clubbing in East London
Some of the capital's best nightlife is found in East London, with lively clubs catering to a range of musical tastes, including disco, house, techno and cutting edge experimental sounds. There's something for everyone in the East End. Here are just a few of the top clubbing options in East London.
Not only is Shoreditch a mecca for the high-tech industry, it is also one of East London's most exciting clubbing hotspots. Located on Kingsland Road, Dalston Superstore hosts some of the best underground DJs. The stylish two-floor club features a tongue-in-cheek New York-style dive bar that is overwhelmed by concrete, brick walls and steel vents. The bar has a wide selection of bottled beers and a great menu for a proper meal. The lower level is where the action is, with a darkened dance space that's close to perfect. Everything from vintage music to the latest dance tracks echo through this LGBT-friendly club, which boasts superior sound and lighting systems.
Passing Clouds in the heart of Dalston offers a clubbing experience with a conscience. The independent club promotes global awareness and a sense of local community by blending current issues with the arts through its events. Although on the surface the concept might sound pretentious, it works. World music concerts, film screenings, workshops and jam sessions are just some of the events you might expect at Passing Clouds. One of East London's most popular clubs, this is the place to be for progressive music. As one would expect, the drinks are ethically sourced with organic and fair trade labels. Even the lemonade is made in house and beer bottles are returned to breweries to be recycled. You won't find major brands or corporations represented here, but top high quality independent beers are available. Open daily, DJs are on hand from Wednesday to Sunday and play a variety of acoustic, folk, blues and world sounds.
World-famous Fabric stages some of the world's most talented DJs while showcasing emerging talent. Build on the site of a Victorian meat cellar, the club is a great option for anyone who enjoys top-quality music. On Friday nights FABRICLIVE celebrates new and innovative breakbeat, electro, drum and bass and indie tracks. Unpredictable and exciting, Fabric's Saturday nights offer line-ups with world-famous electronic music masters, underground DJ talent and live acts. Playlists feature cutting-edge tracks from the world of techno, electro, disco, dub-techno, house and other progressive sounds. Experience debauchery on the dance floor and celebrate the very best in dance music with Wetyourself on Sunday nights. Expect crowds and late nights with top acts often only appearing at around 3 in the morning at Fabric, which is located between Farringdon and Barbican tube stations.
In the heart of Shoreditch is XOYO, a hub for forward-looking music. The respected nightclub stages world-class weekend line-ups with international names and some of the most original artists performing in London. In addition to being a clubbing magnet on weekends, XOYO also hosts fresh live music throughout the week. The club's spacious basement is equipped with the latest sound system, mobile stages and three bar areas. On the ground floor, there's a large outdoor terrace to take a break and catch up with friends or have a smoke. XOYO's sister bar, The Shoreditch Butchery, is also found on the ground floor. Located on Old Street, the club has a capacity of 800 and is less than a minute's walk from Old Street tube and rail stations.
Anyone living or working in the East London business area needs to experience at least one of these exciting locales.