Where to go clubbing in London this summer: Reopening dates, tickets, line-ups and more

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The Cause nightclub in north London (Luke Curtis)
The Cause nightclub in north London (Luke Curtis)

July 19. It’s the date crossed in thick red marker on the calendar of every clubber in London and it’s finally here. Our dancefloor deprivation is over.

Indoor nightclubs have been shut since March last year, and have remained the only cultural institutions to not reopen at any point during the pandemic. That’s all changed, for now.

Here, we’ve pulled together a rundown of the clubs to have confirmed their reopening dates for indoor events, with details on line-ups and where to get tickets. Nights are selling out at record speed, so nab them now to avoid disappointment.

Phonox, Brixton

An ever-popular south London club, which reopens with the kind of strong programming we’ve come to expect from them.

When is it reopening? July 22

Who’s playing? Jayda G, Ruby Savage, dBridge, O’Flynn, A Love From Outer Space, Fixate and more.

Tickets: phonox.co.uk

The Waiting Room, Stoke Newington

Tucked away beneath the Three Crowns pub on Stoke Newington High Street, the Waiting Room reopens with the first installment of its residency helmed by Disco Halal record label honcho Moscoman.

When is it reopening? July 24

Who’s playing? Moscoman, Yves Tomas, Heidi, Reigs, Harry Hames, Proteus and more.

Tickets: ra.co

Ministry of Sound, Elephant and Castle

One of London’s longest-running and best known nightclubs, always reliable for crowd-pleasing line-ups.

When is it reopening? July 20

Who’s playing? Jonas Blue, Nathan Dawe, Sam Divine, Disciples, Sub Focus, Horse Meat Disco and more.

Tickets: ministryofsound.com

The Cause, Tottenham Hale

This north London venue kept the good times rolling during the pandemic with its new outdoor spaces, but will bring things back indoors in July, celebrating with a three-day reopening party.

When is it reopening? July 21

Who’s playing? Ben Sims, James Ruskin, Blasha & Allatt, Kirk Degiorgio and more.

Tickets: ra.co

XOYO, Shoreditch

Aussie-born, London-based favourite DJ Boring will be in charge of getting XOYO back up and running, helming the opening weekend with a variety of special guests set to drop by. Crazy P takes over in August.

When is it reopening? July 24

Who’s playing? DJ Boring, Crazy P, with more to be confirmed.

Tickets: xoyo.co.uk

The Jazz Cafe, Camden

The Jazz Cafe has been hosting live gigs since May, and it’ll get back to its usual offering of club nights from July, welcoming back Soul City — its regular series dedicated to disco, house and soul — every Saturday, as well as some standalone DJ nights.

When is it reopening? July 23

Who’s playing? The Heatwave, Shy One, Lil C, Thai Chi Rose, Django Django, Lou Hayter, Zed Bias and more.

Tickets: thejazzcafelondon.com

Oval Space, Bethnal Green

Over in Bethnal Green, Oval Space has already been hosting some socially distanced events, but will move things back indoors with a full capacity in July.

When is it reopening? July 23

Who’s playing? Rampage Sound, Sy Sez, Supa D, Antonio Pescal, Ben Rau, Jansons, Ray Mono, Alex Virgo and more.

Tickets: ovalspace.co.uk

Pickle Factory, Bethnal Green

Sat opposite its sister venue Oval Space, this smaller, more intimate club will get back to what it does best on the first weekend possible.

When is it reopening? July 24

Who’s playing? Tasha, Samantha Togni, Desert Sound Colony, Liv Ayers, Heels and Souls, Sean OD and more.

Tickets: ra.co

Camden Assembly

Missing a good old fashioned hip-hop and R&B mash-up? That’s what will restart Camden Assembly’s full capacity shows, with some big names also set to play the first few nights after that.

When is it reopening? July 24

Who’s playing? Artful Dodger, Charlotte Devaney, Kraty Kuts, A Skillz, Fabio, Artificial Intelligence, Makoto and more.

Tickets: camdenassembly.com

Basing House, Shoreditch

An intimate club with a strict policy of only playing house, techno and disco, with a newly refurbished roof terrace in time for summer.

When is it reopening? July 23

Who’s playing? Jack M, Drez, Ash-R, Luke Rogers, Richie Mac, Osborne, Tech Support and more.

Tickets: ra.co

Studio 338, Greenwich

South-east London’s Ibiza-style favourite is coming back with a bang, booking out 10 weeks of parties, covering all its usual sounds: house, techno, drum’n’bass and beyond.

When is it reopening? July 23

Who’s playing? Jesse James, Pete James and more to be confirmed.

Tickets: ra.co

Fire, Vauxhall

Crammed underneath the railway arches in Vauxhall, Fire relaunches with a huge nostalgia night, Throwback.

When is it reopening? July 24

Who’s playing? Rampage, Masterstepz, Supa D, Mark Radford, Nicky Blackmarket and Shabba, and more.

Tickets: ra.co

Peckham Audio

A relatively new addition to the south London scene, opening the doors to its subterranean space beneath Rye Lane in October 2019. Things start off a full-speed with a big drum’n’bass night.

When is it reopening? July 23

Who’s playing? Krust, Yazzus, OK Williams, Hot Desk, Poly-Ritmo, Aroop Roy and more.

Tickets: peckhamaudio.co.uk

Venue MOT Unit 18

Hidden inside a warehouse on a South Bermondsey industrial estate, this is a club about as no-frills as its name. But that’s all part of the appeal, and it throws some fantastic nights.

When is it reopening? July 23

Who’s playing? Debonair, OK Williams, Riz La Teef, TSVI, Cici, Jaguar, Will Bankhead and more.

Tickets: ra.co

Corsica Studios, Elephant and Castle

An intimate, multi-room space down in Elephant and Castle, known for having one of the best sound systems on that side of the river.

When is it reopening? July 23

Who’s playing? DjRUM, Om Unit, Two Shell, Mr Mitch, Cooly G, Club Fitness, Eris Drew, David Vunk and more.

Tickets: ra.co

Village Underground, Shoreditch

The schedule isn’t packed for the first few weeks of this east London spot getting back to full capacity, but there are still some gems to seek out.

When is it reopening? July 30

Who’s playing? Issa Vibe, Dixon, Moxie, Dusky and more.

Tickets: villageunderground.co.uk

Printworks, Canada Water

The megaclub will wait a little longer than most of its contemporaries to reopen, and will return with a no line-up, no cameras, no social media policy on its opening weekend.

When is it reopening? September 17

Who’s playing? To be confirmed on the night.

Tickets: printworkslondon.co.uk

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