London nightlife for the newbie

If you are new to London, things might be a bit weird at first. But the clubbing scene should never confuse you. Go east for the cool kids, go south for the cooler kids and co city centre if you are a rich kid ready to have a good time.


AUCKLAND and London might share the number of rainy days you get all throughout the year, but that’s where the similarities stop.If you’re from Australia and you’re relocating to London, you’ll find grey days and cold nights, but the nightlife will resuscitate you quickly.

The UK is home to one of the most active music scenes, with new bands playing each night, DJs from all across the world mixing things up and serious dancing happening in all areas, from the mainstream cool areas to the hipster and scenery neighbourhoods.

There is none more famous and bigger than Fabric. If there’s a recommendation people never fail to make it’s this particular club. With impressive shows, concerts and live acts all throughout the week, Fabric dedicates its playlists to underground techno, house, disco and electro beats and will probably make you want to return if that’s the music for you. If you’re a clubber by nature, you’ll probably know that Fabric was voted number 1 in DJ Magazine Top 100 Clubs in the World in 2007 and 2008 and number 2 in 2009 and 2010.

Fabric has a history of 14 years during which names like Ricardo Villalobos, Ellen Allien and Carl Craig have headlined their nights.


Set in a history-rich building, Koko has seen music stars sing within its walls, from Noel Gallagher and Coldplay to Madonna and Elton John. Koko is situated near Camden Town, the crazy part of London where the streets are never empty. Sometimes, Koko even has two acts per night, and the music is usually played soon after 7 pm, so you can get a head start right after finishing work. Gigs end at about 10, but that does not mean the night is over. Club NME starts straight away and keeps everyone dancing till 4 in the morning.


Book Club
This place is anything but boring. The Book Club brings creative events and parties together with fine dining, brain-teasing menus, talks and workshops. This beautiful venue is situated in a Victorian house where events are hosted each day and night. Music, film, design, hip-hop, vintage fairs, The Book Club’s got them all, not to mention the crowd is laid back and the atmosphere will make you feel at home. The fact that it’s in Shoreditch, clubbing scene for the young and artsy, is an advantage, as you can hop from one place to another during the evening.


Queen of Hoxton
Bar, club and art gallery combined, the Queen of Hoxton is a youth club and a fun place to be. East End is known for its lively night scene, and the Queen of Hoxton is right in the centre of that. With a rooftop garden, a game room and a dark basement bar, this hotspot is known for hosting alternative acts like Django Django, Gold Panda and Lianne La Havas, so if this is your scene, the Queen of Hoxton is where you should go this weekend.


Dalston Superstore
This Berlin-reminiscent two level hangout features an open plan bar, upstairs, and a basement club. The crowd is a great mix of gay guys and gals, locals, hip kids and the music is new and fresh, ranging from hip hop to mutant pop and electro. Partying starts on Wednesday and ends on Sundays, but you can get a drink any day of the week and the food here looks good too. Cock Blocker, The Big Slap and Bangh Mi Slowly are all on the menu right now, so be careful what you wish for!