In spite of the blanket generalisation that clubbing is on its way out (apparently half of Britain’s clubs have closed in the past decade) anyone who frequents central London in the evening will see that nightlife is in rude health, if a bit leaner that it used to be. A quick study of the established clubs demonstrates its robustness. Here are the tried and tested best clubs in London.
Cuckoo – Cuckoo Club was a bit of an outlier when it opened at the top end of Air Street, offering more of a rock ‘n roll ethos than its forebears. These days it boasts one of the best soundsystems on the scene, with legit music acts as well as house and techno DJs getting the really really ridiculously good looking clientele to throw shapes.
Maddox – Maddox exploded into the scene in the 2007, attracting a laundry list of celebrities, royals and others of their ilk who seemed to be drawn to the bright neon lighting and thumping bass of the basement club from the outset. It still holds punches as one of Mayfair’s top nightclubs.
Cirque Le Soir – Cirque Le Soir is all about the bling, as everyone from Cara Delevigne to Miley Cyrus to Rihanna will attest. Replete with carnivalesque performers wearing strange and unsettling masks, dancing dwarfs, and Jeroboams running well into five figures, it has remained one of the places to see and be seen since it opened in 2009.
Project – Compared to the others, Project is a relatively new arrival on the scene, but it makes up for that with sheer energy. Situated just north of Oxford Street, the club fires on all cylinders with a blazing hot line-up of deep house DJs and busy dancefloors to boot.
Roof Gardens – Rented since 1981 by Sir Richard Branson, The Roof Gardens have been a unique and well-visited attraction ever since, paying homage to the hanging gardens of Babylon with a verdant garden, atrium and aviary. It’s earned the privilege of being one of London’s best clubs.
Boujis – Since it opened its doors in 2002 it’s been a popular and perpetual fixture in British and international tabloids, with the Prince of Wales, his bride-to-be and boisterous little brother transfixing journos and paparazzi alike, and setting up Boujis for a long queue of famous faces over the years.
The Box – The Box is a club cut from a different cloth. Located in what was formerly Paul Raymond’s rabbit warren of raunchiness on Walker’s Court in Soho, The Box breathes fresh air into burlesque, with dark, devious and debauched acts calibrated to curl toes and provoke the audience. Because of this, it has been popping up in the tabloids time after time for titillating the rich, the famous and especially the royal.
Whilst clubbing may not be everyone’s bag, to publicly denounce it as dead is to undercut a vibrant and boisterous industry which will hold a special sway over both the media and the people the media obsess over. Of course, it can be difficult to get in, which is where hiring a lifestyle management service can come in handy.