TOP UK CLUBS TO VISIT - Places to Visit - UK United Kingdom - Travel Article There’s been a great deal of concern over UK nightlife in recent years, with council cuts that have forced the closure of some of the country’s best places to dance the night away. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. British nightlife is still alive and kicking thanks to some outrageously good nightclubs. Printworks Surrey Quays Rd - www.printworkslondon.co.uk Make no mistake: when it opened in January 2016, London’s hottest new 5,000 capacity club venue was just the shot in the arm that London needed. Fabric’s future at the time was in doubt and, situated in the space where Secret Cinema’s Star Wars had blasted off, it seemed the perfect venue for quality clubbing. From Hot Since 82 and Adam Beyer to The Martinez Brothers and Loco Dice, quality house and techno have a new home in London. Oval Space 29-32 The Oval - www.ovalspace.co.uk The other newbie on the block has been able to focus on quality over quantity quite effortlessly, a reminder that East London delivers the best electronic parties every week. DJ Harvey made his return to London after a decade here and Dixon, Radio Slave, and Nina Kraviz all play here regularly. Its Innervisions party a couple of years back is still the stuff of legend. Village Underground 54 Holywell Ln, London - www.villageunderground.co.uk From Nas and FKA Twigs to Black Coffee, Kaytranada, Fatboy Slim, and Ricardo Villalobos, Village Underground has a knack for delivering killer live shows and DJ sets for 800 clubbers ready for weekend action. An events space that’s tailor-made for parties from Mixmag as well as midweek fashion events, some of London’s best raves happen here. Corsica Studios 4/5 Elephant Rd, London - www.corsicastudios.com A smaller space than some of its counterparts, Corsica Studios is still one of the best two-room rave dens in London. Over the years, it has hosted open-minded parties across the board and a quick look at its future bookings sees Lobster Theremin, Perc, Truss, and Mumdance all booked for maximum firepower. It’s also the home of Jaded on a Sunday. Mangle 2-18 Warburton Rd - www.wringerandmangle.com/mangle Another new venue on the scene (although it used to be Laundry), Mangle was home to Mixmag’s Justice party back in September 2016, as well as its Kerri Chandler bash in March 2017. Beyond that, it hosted the likes of Fuse and Joe Goddard in June: not bad for a 700 capacity room in Hackney. The Pickle Factory 13-14 The Oval, London - www.thepicklefactory.co.uk If you like your rooms even smaller, The Pickle Factory – just across from Oval Space – holds 300 people and hosts new, emerging talent on a weekly basis. It’s been open since October 2015 and has hosted parties from DJs like Dana Ruh as well as live acts like Kelly Lee Owens. Small, compact, and super fun. Ministry of Sound 103 Gaunt St, London - club.ministryofsound.com Despite its ups and downs, we can’t forget MOS: it’s been a staple part of London’s clubbing firmament for two decades and the sound system in the main room is second to none. When DJ Harvey played there last year, it was like being at a wedding with everyone you’ve ever danced with at 6am, and with Glitterbox now a regular Saturday event with the likes of Aeroplane and Dimitri From Paris, you have no excuse not to go again. XOYO 32-37 Cowper St, London - xoyo.co.uk From The Black Madonna in 2017 to Skream and Eats Everything, XOYO’s weekend artist residencies have all been on point. With TBM currently inviting the likes of Midland and Artwork to join her in the main room, their emphasis on quality over quantity is not dissimilar to Fabric. Also, Frank Ocean performed live here back in 2011: how cool is that? CLF Art Café / The Bussey Building 133 Rye Lane, Peckham - www.clfartcafe.org Give it up for Rye Lane in Peckham! This small but cool spot has been home to Boiler Room as well as small club shows from Secret Sundaze and Bestival. Even drum n bass works here: DJ Marky performed here in June. Leeds West Indian Centre Leeds West Indian Centre is located at 10 Laycock Pl, Leeds LS7 3AJ. A community hub by day, by night the Leeds West Indian Centre transforms into an incredible grassroots nightclub. It’s best known for hosting the club night ‘Subdub’, a night that specializes in the very best of dub/reggae/drum and bass to an enthusiastic crowd spanning all ages. The Centre takes a no-frills approach to club , favoring a ground-shaking sound system and dancehall atmosphere over light shows and dress codes. Unsurprisingly then, the club has earned a loyal following, and a place as one of the UK’s ultimate cult club destinations. The Soup Kitchen, Manchester The Soup Kitchen can be found at 31-33 Spear St, Manchester, M1 1DF . Nipping at the heels of London’s nightlife, Manchester has no shortage of great bars and clubs. However, The Soup Kitchen is easily one of the best. Located in a former boxing gym in the heart of The Northern Quarter, the venue is split between two floors: Upstairs, you’ll find resident DJs and a bar/canteen serving top-notch grub, while downstairs, a 200 capacity basement boasts excellent regular nights (Swing Ting; Me and You) and intimate gigs. It’s a friendly vibe with a strong emphasis on the music. Expect to hear grime, basement, reggae , and garage all served with a dash of Northern charm. Sub Club, Glasgow Sub Club is located at 22 Jamaica St, Glasgow G1 4QD. No club list would be complete without featuring Glasgow’s Sub Club , the longest-running dance club in the world. Having opened way back in 1987, Sub Club has survived against the odds (and a pretty big fire in 1999) to prove it’s as vital and alive as ever. It’s hosted an impressive range of names, including LCD Soundsystem and Derrick May, and fans of the club include Scottish writer Irvine Welsh of Trainspotting fame. Expect a community-like atmosphere with a crowd who are always raring to go. Motion, Bristol Motion is located at 74-78 Avon Street, Bristol, BS2 0PX. A network of old warehouse spaces spilling out onto a cobbled front courtyard by the river, Bristol’s Motion is a bastion of dance in the South West. Its nights are legendary, with the main stage having played host to some of the world’s biggest DJs, including their resident collective The Blast. Having been named the 19 th Best Club in the World by DJ Magazine in 2016, Motion is a must for those looking to groove away into the early hours. Fabric, London Fabric is located at 77A Charterhouse St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6HJ. London’s Fabric made the front page last year as part of a controversial decision to close the club. Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes , however, the case was overturned and Fabric reopened at the start of 2017 thanks to a huge ‘Save Fabric’ campaign. A mecca of dance music, Fabric is massive in every sense of the word; three huge spaces host resident and guest DJs playing drum and bass, dubstep, house , and techno. Try as you might, no one does parties quite like Fabric. Related: View articles on the best places to visit in the UK for your next trip here.