Shoreditch and Clerkenwell currently have London's best concentration of dance clubs. At the hardcore techno and house end of the spectrum is Turnmills see p146. Fabric see p145 charts a funkier path, with Craig Richards at the decks, joined by guests such as Roots Manuva. It also hosts regular live dance music nights.
Club 333 see p147 gets really wild on Saturdays, joining forces with its upstairs neighbour Mother for some trippy trance or jazz-inflected house rhythms.
Clubbing In Shoreditch & Clerkenwell Gallery Photos
Clubbing In Shoreditch & Clerkenwell
For an easy-going vibe and inventive musical concoctions, you can't beat Herbal see p147, especially on an Eastern Drum and Breaks night. Late Night Jazz Ronnie Scott's: 47 Frith Street see pi2i; Jazz Cafe: 5 Parkway see pi27 Ronnie Scott's in Soho is the archetypal smoky jazz joint, with quirky, tiered seating, cramped tables, and photos of the legends who've played there covering every inch of wall space.
Further north, in Camden, the Jazz Cafe is slicker and more spacious, the music is funkier and the food is better. At both, it's advisable to book a table.