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Belinda Carlisle knew what she was on about when she sang "Heaven is a place on earth" - it's right next to Charing Cross tube, and it's probably London's best-known gay club. As with most popular gay venues, large crowds of straight tourists abound. Heaven has tried to curb this by designating different nights as straight, gay or mixed, but it hasn't really worked. Not that it matters at all, because Heaven is still a blissful venue which puts on a huge variety of club nights. The lounge upstairs provides a bit of friendly chill-out to a golden oldies atmosphere and you can actually talk in here without shouting. It all makes for an interesting and entertaining clubbing experience.
The world famous Ministry of Sound is one of London's hippest nightspots. It suffered a bit of a slump in popularity in the late 1990s, but has returned with a vengeance. The fame of this luxury venue is now so widespread and truly international that MoS (as it is commonly referred to) even offers numerous compilation CD remixes of Ministry club anthems. The venue itself has four dance floors and several bars, and draws famous DJs from around the globe.
Marvel at the Victorian arches of Fabric which dates back to 1999. The main dance floor here boasts of a "Body Sonic" sound system which makes your whole body vibrate with the bass. On Fridays, you can enjoy bass music and on Saturdays, lose yourself the disco, techno and house genres. Thanks to the aforementioned features, Fabric has been featured on DJ Magazine's top 100 clubs and has won International Dance Music Awards. However, the most important thing to remember about this place is that you must be over 19.
Corsica Studios consistently holds some of the city's most extreme underground music parties. There are different spaces within the Studios that can be hired for hosting private or public functions. The hi-tech DJ equipment, sound amplifiers, screens, projectors and a stage completely take care of music and entertainment at the venue. There is a well-stocked bar for thirsty visitors, and the regularly held live performances make entrance into Corsica a highly sought after ticket.
Koko is one of London's largest club venues and very popular with the student and the local crowd. A wide variety of music is featured here, from disco and funk to handbag and house, depending on the night. The acoustics of this grand building lend themselves perfectly to live music and Koko has a policy of regularly showcasing live and upcoming talents. There really is something for everyone and this attracts a great mixed crowd. The dress code is smart casual - with no trainers, caps or football shirts allowed at weekends.
The Egg is one of the most hardcore drum and bass, dub-step/techno clubs in London. If you are an electronic music aficionado, then Egg is where you need to be. With a 24-hour license, Egg also provides VIP sections that can be booked via email. With several party rooms, Egg plays different music in each space, has a smoking permit in one and live performances in the other. Choose to lounge in the room which suits your mood for the night and unwind over great beats with friends.
Cargo is one popular place to go for drinks, live music and an assortment of pub grub. The bar spouts heady potions to late-night birds and concert crowds who like to linger. The space under the viaduct is smartly refurbished to accommodate live acts and parties. Huevos rancheros, burgers, nachos, fish tacos and vegetarian empanadas, are dished around in the cafe along the street. The place is filled with thumping music mixed together by world renowned DJs like Ramshackle, Louise, Kash and others.
A bar which is open for breakfast and brunch and turns into a nightclub with playful events, Dalston Superstore has something that caters to all. Situated on Kingsland High Street, the bar area has a beautiful wooden decor and elegant dim lighting to suit the mood for conversations over drinks. Weekends get crowded, especially when the Superstore hosts big name, international DJs.