Shake a leg at these hippest dancing meccas in London
London may not be New York when it comes to nocturnal fun but that doesn't mean there's not plenty here to make it the envy of other cities. If you're out for some simple fun and looking to jig, jive and swivel in London, hit these five dancing spots that are destined to rock you. Warning: the music is contagious so leave your high heels in distant lands.
Ministry of Sound Undoubtedly, one of the hottest dancing spots in London. With themed rooms, four dance floors and bars, MoS is a thundering blend of sound and energy. The heat turns up starting Fridays when popular DJs including Cosmic Gate, Henry Saiz, Paul Oakenfold and Jaytech electrify the place with hard house and trance. Saturdays are mostly dedicated to techno and electro featuring some of the top London DJs including Sasha, Michael Woods, Joe and Will Ask, Richie Hawtin and Afrojack. The sprung floors and specially-designed walls that temper the sound make it one of the best dance music spots. Where: 103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP, 0870-060-0010.
For a Londoner it won't be a surprise that Mahiki is on this list. Popular among the likes of Kate Moss, Rihanna, Dita Von Teese, Prince William and Price Harry, Mahiki has a retro 70s feel with its old music. However, the Polynesian-inspired nightclub is a hotspot within London's party circuit. The last time I visited the word was that if you couldn't get the song you requested you'd get a free drink. Don't count on it though; the DJs do really have all the songs. As with all the popular nightclubs, the down side is you'd have to wait in a long queue to get in (stretching around the block from Thursdays to Sundays) but once you're in it's totally worth the wait. Where: 1 Dover Street, W1S 4LD, 020-7493-9529.
Fabric Touted as one of the hottest clubs in London for the past 12 years. Who was it who said some of the coolest clubs emerge from former meatpacking warehouses? Well in this case the notion is spot on. Weekly residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis and a virtually endless list of compelling guest artists ensure that there is eclectic blend of mixed music from techno, house, dub-techno, electro and disco so that the party goes 'On & On… & On' (their words). You must order tickets ahead for FABRICLIVE and WetYourSelf. Oh, and just a reminder: the club opens on Saturdays and closes early Monday mornings – no breaks, so you can dance through the entire weekend. Where: 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 3HN, 020-7336-8898.
Dalston Superstore A blend of one Berlin-style upstairs bar plus a rave dancing grotto downstairs with unadulterated music makes Dalston one of the hippest dancing spots. Popular among gays, hipsters and music lovers alike, the club is famous for rambunctious fun where people actually dance on the bar table. The energy is infectious. Some of the best-known DJs including Erol Alkan, Horse Meat Disco and Prosumer have toured the joint. Where: 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB, 020-7254-2273.
Plastic People One of the most revered dancing spots amongst those who wish to avoid the ragtag joints with dizzying lights and mindless music. Plastic People has a rather smallish boxroom devoid of adjunct features with a sole focus on impeccable music. DJ Zinc, Theo Parrish, Four Tet and Floating Points make sure you have enough inspiration for tireless footwork through the night.
Where: 147-149 Curtain Road, EC2A 3QE, 020-7739-6471.