London’s night is famous worldwide for being one of the most interesting and visited sceneries. It has been home for diverse “urban tribes” such us the punks or the first ravers. Just like every cosmopolitan and globalized city, London has a wide range of discotheques and dance halls, where we can find various sorts of music from cumbia to Gothic Metal.
Disco lovers from all over Great Britain and Europe, go to London on Friday nights to taste those magnificent sounds. However, Ministry of Sound, property of the popular dj´s, Chemical Brothers, stands out from the rest. It is situated in the south of the Thames and it is easily recognizable because it looks just like a prison. The world’s best dj’s fight to play in this place. This translates into massive concurrence and quite expensive fees.
Given Ministry of Sound’s success, other discos, like The Scala, Home, and Fabric have decided to compete with it both in popularity and good taste. The Scala is an old cinema which was turned into a several floors discotheque.
Some nights it offers recitals particularly from hip-hop artists. Music trends revolve around breakbeat. Home has seven floors and within it we can even find a restaurant. Music, on dance leyend Paul Oakenfold’s hands, is basically house, funky, and breakbeat. Fabric, on the other hand, used to be a cold store, with a capacity for 2,500 people. Unlike the rest, music is not commercial and it targets a more independent and alternative style. Danny Tenaglia, Ferry Francis and Hill Brewster are some of the resident dj’s. The greatest novelty in this place is its dance floor “Bodysonic”, which, thanks to its metal walls and an extraordinary bass speaker, creates a very peculiar atmosphere.
There are other discos, as well, which are not as well known, however interesting, such as The End, of techno music, breakbeat and drum’n’bass; Heaven, which is a predominantly gay nightclub, and Velvet Room, thought for more relaxed people. Rumba Bar, plays salsa and African rythms, while Italia Bar in Soho, is full of activities till 4 in the morning.
Ministry of Sound
103 Gaunt Street
Tube Station: Elephant & Castle
275 Pentoville Road
King’s Cross N1
Tube station: King’
1 Leicester Square WC2
Tube station: Leicester Square
77 A Charterhouse Street
Tube station: Farringdon
Continuing with our night tour, we must add that visiting London, would not be the same, without including a pub in our schedule. There are also ancient bars, aged a hundred years, where the traditional British Ale beer is served. This places are typically British and popular around Europe. They are a nice meeting place and have several rooms where we can encounter people from all walks of live, from wealthy executives to construction workers. The only rules of admission request payment right after entering and ordering.
Tip: do not miss the opportunity to play billiard or darts, accompanied with a good beer stein.
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