With literally hundreds of locations to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to big nights out in the nation’s capital. The nearly limitless range of nightly music and talent makes narrowing them down into a bite-sized article pretty much impossible but, rest assured, this Nido-approved collection of clubs are definitely on the guest list.
To get you ready for Freshers Week and beyond, make sure you check out this list of seven of the best student-friendly clubs across London. Whatever your vibe or music tastes, you’re sure to find the perfect place you can get your dance on in when the term starts.
1. MADDOX CLUB
With a swanky, exclusive vibe, Maddox Club’s luxury atmosphere makes everyone feel like a VIP. Known for hosting mind-blowing parties with a buzzing, electric spirit, Mayfair transforms into a futuristic and vibrant venue, the second you walk down the club’s stairs. You’ll have a chance to meet amazing people and if you’re lucky, join one of Nido’s parties hosted by the lovely guys and girls at Maddox, too!
Where is it? 2 minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube station.
Best for: A mix of chart, R&B, house and tech/deep house, this is the place for throwing shapes at, with both resident DJs and international artists gracing the DJ booth.
2. EGG LONDON
Egg makes this list for its student benefits alone. Sign up for a free student membership here, and you’ll get discounted entry and queue jump entry for you and two student mates to all Egg London events. That means less time waiting and more time having a great night! Egg plays music from some of the world’s greatest DJs, and with a sound and lighting system that’s one of the best that we’ve ever seen, every night at Egg is sure to be a memorable one.
Where is it? In between Kings Cross and Camden Town tube stations, so it’s easy to find.
Best for? With 5 rooms across 3 floors playing the best in house and techno, Egg is one for those who love their music as loud and pounding as possible.
3. FABRIC LONDON
Voted number 4 in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 Clubs in the World (not bad considering they were up against the two largest clubs in Ibiza), Fabric’s reputation makes it a major player in the clubbing scene. With student tickets available on the door, make sure you get to Fabric’s legendary Saturday nights, where the best electronic DJs get bodies moving on the venue’s “bodysonic” dancefloor. This unique feature emits booming bass frequencies, sending low-end notes from their feet all the way through their body, truly bringing them closer to the music.
Where is it: Located in Islington, close to the Farringdon overground.
Best for: If electronica is your scene, then Fabric should be a definite go-to with its electro, techno, and house events coming out on top.
4. NOTTING HILL ARTS CLUB
One for the underground crowd, this stylishly shabby place is equal parts nightclub and arts space. Niche events are all the rage here, with something to cater to the art-inclined whatever night of the week. If you like your music full of funk and soul, then head to Disco Freaks or swing by on Friday night for the Notting Hill House Party, an anything-goes event that plays all sorts of music and has the legendary Brewdog providing the beers.
Where is it: Located in West London right next to Notting Hill Gate underground.
Best for: Live music, great cocktails, a top selection of craft beers and a bit of culture with your night out.
5. BAR RUMBA
Boasting the best in commercial music, chart toppers, R&B, and pop anthems, Bar Rumba is pretty much tailor-made for students. Throw in generous happy hours and drinks promotions, a continuous calendar of themed evenings and free guest list entry for group bookings, and it’s easy to see why we put this on our list of London’s best student-friendly clubs.
Where is it? Located nearby to Leicester Square.
Best for: Making your money go further when you’re in a pinch.
6. THE SCALA
‘Legendary’ aptly describes this cinema-turned-iconic London venue. With gigs on during the week, the place has played host to everyone from Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora to the Killers and Foo Fighters. At the weekend, the Scala comes alive with all manner of club nights, from the Face Down rock night to El Grande, the UK’s biggest salsa, Latin and Afro-Latin event. The perfect spot for those looking for something different on their nights out.
Where is it? The north side of central London, close to Kings Cross and St Pancras Station.
Best for: Fans of live music, anything on the louder, heavier side or students in the mood for a proper dance.
7. THE ROXY
Going to a club isn’t always for everyone, but if you are looking for a night out that’s a little quieter then things don’t get more hush-hush than The Roxy. Tucked away in a basement, it has the charm of a 1920s speakeasy with some added modern flourishes. Get your chat on in the company of some delicious cocktails, and don’t forget to swing by in time for happy hour if you’re looking for a deal.
Where is it? Just off Tottenham Court Road
Best for: A more chilled out drink that’ll still make for a memorable night out.
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