Almost all clubs in London charge some kind of entry fee. Some, however, only start charging later in the evening (e.g. after 10 or 11pm) or charge a discounted rate until then. The obvious downside to turning up early at a club is that there won’t be many people there yet – but if you’re got the stamina or perhaps don’t like staying out until the wee hours anyway, then it’s not a bad thing to turn up to a club early.
Overall, clubs in London generally tend to be a pricey affair – at some places, you can pay up to £20 just to get in before you’ve even given a thought to how much drinks are going to cost. Some also offer student discounts (as long as a student card is shown!) at any time of entry. Entry can also be reduced by acquiring flyers to clubs which are usually handed out in the vicinity of the place, or given to you as you leave the club the previous time (that sounds a little illogical, but we hope you see what we mean).
The best bet is to get a copy of the weekly Time Out magazine to see club listings, venues, prices and so on, so you can see the best value places to go to (as well as the best places to go to, full stop).
Otherwise, check online at the club venue or club night’s website before you go. In some cases, an online flyer may be printed off that allows discounted entry. One example is Buttoned Down Disco who hold a monthly night at a top London venue (which tends to change) and who offer free entry if you sign up to get an “invite” on their website.
Top clubs in London
Here’s some of the best known clubs in the city:
Fabric (Underground: Farringdon)
Ministry of Sound (Elephant & Castle)
Notting Hill Arts Club (Notting Hill Gate)
333 Club (Old Street)
Scala (King’s Cross)
Club nights in London
Also take a look at club nights held at the following venues:
Koko (Mornington Crescent)
O2 Academy Islington (Angel)