After some quite frankly gruelling months, the welcome news that clubs are finally back open has come as a relief to London's nightlife lovers.
Our hospitality industry has taken a beating over the course of various lockdowns, which is why we believe it is our duty to show these clubs some love and, where possible, begin to frequent these establishments once again.
Music and culture are a huge influence for us here at Meet Bernard. Our local scenes wouldn’t be what they are without our faithful South London nightclubs which, in our opinion, they are the best in London – and quite possibly the world.
So without further ado, take a look through our top picks of South-East London’s finest clubbing destinations... And maybe even book some tickets.
Run by the folks behind Shoreditch's XOYO and The Nest, Brixton’s Phonox has fast become a staple of the London nightlife scene. Phonox is a must-visit for any die-hard electronic music fan. With residencies from Joy Orbison, Calibre, and Esa, Phonox hosts some of the most established artists along with up-and-coming talents. With it’s crystal-clear speaker system and state of the art light show, Phonox truly is an audiophile’s dream.
418 Brixton Rd, Brixton, London SW9 7AY.
Situated in the gritty backstreets of Peckham, the Bussey Building has hosted some of London’s most iconic club nights. This unpretentious, multi-dimensional warehouse space is not only a nightclub but hosts theatre, art exhibitions, and a wide array of live events, meaning there’s even something on the line-up for you morning larks.
And don’t forget the glorious rooftop terrace overlooking Peckham’s bustle: perfect for a sundown tipple or snack.
Block A, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST.
Nights out at Infernos are nothing short of legendary amongst South London residents, and anyone who’s been will know why. This unpretentious, feel-good establishment will have you dancing to your favourite pop classics until the early hours.
Even Margot Robbie is a fan, but don’t expect to see the rich and famous of London’s social scene hanging out here very often. The floors might be sticky and the drinks are a little expensive but if you can get over that, then you’re in for a classic London clubbing experience. Whilst it may not host world famous DJs, a good-old fashioned, Top 40-fuelled night awaits in this classic Clapham club.
146 Clapham High St, London SW4 7UH.
If you’re a sucker for intimacy, take yourself down to Corsica Studios. This compact club packs a punch with a deadly sound system, and a gritty interior. Situated only a quick walk from Elephant & Castle station, Corsica Studios is one of the liveliest destinations for a night out in South East London. The venue hosts an eclectic mix of artists and performers, ranging from afro-beats to dubstep. If you’re in South London and craving an explosive re-entry into London’s nightlife scene, then Corsica Studios might just be the one for you.
4/5 Elephant Rd, London SE17 1LB.
That’s it for our round-up of our favourite nightclubs in our treasured South London. The fate of these clubs rests on our shoulders; without our pent up demand, these centres of music and nightlife culture will no longer exist. So do yourself, and your local area's nightlife scene a favour and don’t hold back in booking your next night out. Hell, we might even see you there!
Stay safe and have fun out there!
With love, the Meet Bernard team x