Anyone planning a night out in London over Christmas and New Year should take advantage of the wide range of exclusive nightclubs on offer around the capital; while it may take a bit of forward planning to get yourself through the door, you can improve your chances by using guestlist services, which allow you to book in advance – doing so will not, however, mean that you can’t be turned away if you’re drunk, or if you turn up too late, but can get you into some of the more exclusive clubs that tend to fill out through the week. With this in mind, some of the most exclusive nightclubs in London, in no particular order, include:
1 – Kensington Roof Gardens
This club is located on Kensington High Street, and offers a roof restaurant and bar that affords great views out over the rest of the West End and London as a whole. The bar also hosts live bands, and the venue as a whole has a capacity of about 600; you do need to be over 21 to attend, and will have to pay £25 to get in, even with a guestlist reservation.
2 – Boujis
A popular celebrity haunt in South Kensington, Boujis opens from 10pm-3am, and is defined by its bespoke luxury interior decoration, and by its strict policy on smart clothing and following the members and guests rules favoured by most of London’s most exclusive clubs. Boujis holds regular themed club nights, and has been one of the most successful clubs of the past few years.
3 – Shaka Zulu
This Camden venue can hold about 800 people, and becomes particularly popular on Friday nights. Shaka Zulu also serves food and snack platters, and is famous for its Funkyhouse and house music DJs. Paying £25 will get you entry, although it’s worth checking out a guestlist beforehand; the club itself is located off Stables Market.
4 – The Dorsia
A South Kensington landmark, the Dorsia is actually run out of a three floored luxury mansion, and is known for its New Year’s Eve parties; different floors of the club host various events, from champagne receptions, to garden terraces, a main club, and chandelier drinking and dining.
5 – Chinawhite
Another exclusive West End club located on Winsley Street in Soho, Chinawhite is perhaps the pre-eminent celebrity club in the area. Its appeal derives from its elaborate Feng Shui interior design, and its lavish VIP suites; most visitors require a member to gain access, with guestlist services also available. Chinawhite is open to over 21s only.
6 – Funkybuddha
A Mayfair club that has built up a reputation for its funky house, electro, and pop nights, Funkybuddha can be found on Berkley Street, and is a frequent haunt for celebrities and high societies. The club has been running since 2001, and includes special events such as Glam at Funkybuddha; the cover charge for an average night is about £20.
7 – Holborn House
Slightly out of the West End, Holborn House is located on High Holborn, which connects the West End and the City, and is open from 10pm to 3am. The club has seven VIP areas, and includes a famous cocktail bar; other special events and attractions include the club’s New Year’s Eve Empire State of Mind party, as well as a brasserie style restaurant, 3D wallpaper, and grilled dishes.
8 – Jalouse
Another Mayfair haunt, Jalouse can be found on Hanover Square; typically, the club caters to high society and celebrities, and visitors typically have to be accompanied by a member, or must be a member themselves. The club’s music is eclectic, and its style smart casual – Jalouse translates as ‘jealous,’ an apt description for one of London’s most exclusive spaces.
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Patrick Hegarty is a avid clubber and writes about nighclubs and the nightlife in the UK. For more information about clubbing on friday nights in london, he recommends Xclusive Touch where you can find some of the best night club events around.