You definitely need to know what kind of night you're getting yourself into when going to Fabric, this may be why there a few negative reviews..
However, I think this place is great! Sure, theres a queue, but I heard everyone in London loves to queue? If you want to avoid this pre buy your tickets! When you get inside its a bit of a maze, but thats what makes it fun. Always good music playing and different types in different rooms. Drinks are on the more expensive side but this should be expected in a large club! Do visit if you're up for a bit night or if one of you're favourite acts in playing. Everyone in Fabric is very friendly and up for a good time!
The live spirit here lives on! Fabric is a downright serious for edm club fans, no bystanders allowed. This is not a club you dress up and be pretty at. Its for audiophiles and people who are into the spirit of music and dance. Multiple floors, with multiple djs, low-key but technically perfect rooms for soaking up the spins. Bartenders were good, denizens were pumping, music lived it up. Also, yes living up to the London club scene, it opened late late late through the morning. No qualms at all.
Love you, Fabric
Please don't ever sell out
I'm a cool fashionable girl and this place isn't very fashionable or that nice but for a nice time out- it can be fun. Fabric is great to meet lots of foreigners and visitors to London.
Love the venue but not so much the acts.
Don't expect candy melodies or anything above 120 bpm here: minimalist house is all that's being served, a scene that has put Fabric on the map. Though Carl Cox's and Von Stroke's recent gigs may be heralding a turn towards the mainstream.
Will never go back and I will tell everyone I know never to go...
The queue was quick. Upon entry my groin was touched as part of "security". When I felt offended and expressed my distaste to security the response was, "you never had a fu**ing search bruv" - it really was quite a welcome. Checking our jackets and paying for entry shortly afterwards was however an orderly process.
We wandered around the various floors with very few women or ladies in sight and had some drinks. To us the lack of women and ladies was a massive disappointment for a club which is apparently highly rated. General crowd seems to be early twenty year olds - max.
After a trip to the grimy unisex toilets and being served once again by an obnoxious bar maid it was time to choose one of the rooms to dance in.
We did eventually find some women to talk with and we joined them outside while they smoked in the smoking area, which resembles a sheep pen. Shortly afterwards my friend and I got separated inside. Unfortunately our phone batteries had become flat due to a long working day and being out in the City and West London before.
After retrieving my jacket to leave I attempted to exit the club through several exits and was told I could not leave. I was directed to an exit with a long queue to leave (longer than the initial queue to enter).
When objecting to the casino like mentality which myself and everyone else was enduring I was grabbed as if I was a murder by three security personnel who emerged from the darkness without saying a word to me. They then dragged me through the club to a small room in a building outside.
I thought I was going to be roughed up in this room. Luckily I avoided the beating however I suspect others are not so lucky.
Thankfully security threw me out into a side street. I was delighted that I didn't have to queue to leave this sham of a club where I believe people are treated like sheep.
Maybe others can enjoy this club but for myself I prefer to stick to establishments with more class (expensive and inexpensive) where people are treated like people not sheep.
Sadly I am still feeling the pain of visiting this club. One of my ribs is currently fractured and I have difficulty breathing as a result of being dragged through the nightclub by the security personnel.
I feel it is my duty to let everyone know how silly this stupid little club really is. I look forward to when I am in London in years to come, drive past this and it is boarded up.
I almost forgot to mention, Yelp lists this as wheelchair accessible. No ladies and gents this club is definitely not wheelchair accessible. I hate to think of the consequences if someone in a wheelchair entered this club. Please go somewhere with normal people who care about you.
Fabric seemed to be one of the best nightclubs rated & reviewed onYelp, so I decided to check it out. I came on a Saturday night around 12:45 and there was a long queue. It took roughly 20 minutes to get in, that wasn't too bad. I got the student rate discount with my student ID (14 pounds). When you walk it both guys and girls get padded down - so if you're sneaking something in you better be real good about it.
As everyone has mentioned before, this club is underground. There are a lot of stairs and the club is almost like a maze (3 dance floors, Room 3 being the smallest, and brightest). The restrooms were fairly clean (unisex). The cleaning staff was everywhere, even on the dance floor which was nice. There is a mixture of young and old people - all types too.
Why I am giving it 2 stars was because:
-I did not fancy the music. Sure I was aware that it was Drum & Bass, but I was looking forward to the "hip hop" floor. I expected the music to be different but honestly it was kind of the same. Not one song had someone singing of the 2.5 hours I was there.
-Also the drinks are hella expensive, you better pre-game outside because you'll probably be spending 10 pounds minimum for a drink
I have to admit the 2nd floor vibration was cool. I felt the music beat in my lungs, and it makes you want to move. But then again the music's beat is literally "pound..pound..pound.." over and over again.
I've been to MANY nightclubs in over 4 countries already and this was my least favorite. The cost was not worth the experience (I would have at least liked to have a free drink with the purchase). If you are looking for a great place to dance - GO TO TEATRO IN MADRID. That has to be THEEEE nightclub (besides the clubs in Ibiza of course)
Sorry Fabric, you are not the club for me
Fantastic venue! Great sound!
Yes it's a bit pricy but it's well worth it. Sound system is amazing and the atmosphere inside the place is incredible. Don't expect your average club - dress down (this is not a place to wear heels, trust me, and if you care more about looking good than having a fun night this is not the place for you). Prepare to be a sweaty mess by the early hours of the morning (stay until 6am, it's worth it) from dancing so much in this tightly packed venue, full of people wanting to enjoy the music and the experience.
My London friends recommended it. Yelp recommended it. I decided to go. It's definitely an experience since most clubs in Toronto are cheesy.
I got there relatively early (midnight) and there was no line-up. The coat check is an orderly process. The drinks are a bit expensive and the bartenders are pretty cool and friendly.
This labyrinthine underground club has at least 3 rooms (that I can remember), so if you tire of one type of music, you can move to another room to listen to something remarkably similar.
A large number of patrons are male....I have never seen so many men in a night club. It's just so different. There must be good reasons, which, as a tourist, elude me. I was definitely left alone! Not necessarily a good thing, but seeing drunks and drugged patrons, it probably was for the best.
In one of the rooms, there was an older man who was raving to his own beat. It was quite the sight! I also remember a young man who kept screaming (in victory) throughout the entire set. My eardrum resented him so much.
I was pretty exhausted by this point in my trip so I did not stay long or enjoy it as much (then again, the music is repetitive and once in a while do I hear something I truly enjoy), but I can see how this place would leave you impressed.
The bigdaddy of megaclubs, Fabric has been holding down the dance music scene since '99. The consistently ridiculous line-ups have cemented its reputation in electronica-head circles, popularity reflected in the queue sometimes winding for blocks. Just remember to pack some nips or spliff and you'll make new friends to pass the time. It seems all of London's hip youth (not only the glo-stick wielding) flock for the experience.
Once the pounding of the drum 'n' bass, house, techno or hip-hop hits energy soars. Three rooms with banging independent sound systems break up the space, so finding a good beat is never an issue. There's even a special vibrating floor that literally shakes you from the feet up. Talk about body-rocking sound!
As any institution, getting in doesn't come cheap but for a night of unparalleled raucous, getting your freak on til the sun comes up, you shan't find a better venue in all the land.
P.S. Their monthly cd subscription is hotness.
Get in the queue. Wait anxiously. Get excited.
Fabric is BIG in every way: BIG venue, BIG bass (under the floor, even!), BIG expectations, BIG follow-through!
Electronica, house, techno, hip-hop and a generous mix of much more permeates from the floor, through your feet, until you can feel it in your chest.
Simply amazing experience.
Tip: Stay hydrated.
Now this is music. While house was created in the States, Her Majesty's finest took it to the next level. Probably the biggest club I've ever gotten lost inside, Fabric's also got the finest sound system. In fact, every dance spot in the city seemed to have superior sound. The local ears are sensitive to the EQs, as much as the vinyl selection.
Word of advice: Don't even bother mentioning Tiesto or PVD or Oakenfold. Discussing cheesy music in London is probably more offensive than grabbing some random clubber's arse (which becomes quite the norm as the evening stretches out). I was able to catch DJ Buck and resident Terry Francis on my visit. Those two deck masters made Fabric tops (alongside NY's former Twilo) among the best clubs I've partied.
We must have stood out due to our Yank 'speak, but peeps were hella cool to us all night. To satiate the gods of international cliché, we had the good fortune of hanging with Hugh Grant's younger brother and his buddies for a bit (he even navigated the huge main floor to find us before he bounced).
Come Saturday night for some thumping, grimey progressive that will shake your senses and leave you forgiving the shitty weather. We left at 5... Early enough to skip burning the retinas from strobelight honeys stumbling outside; yet late enough to find a breakfast joint for some good ol' baked beans, toast and black pudding.
Duuuuuuffffff......poooooooooaaawwwwwww......dufffff, dufff, boom...
This is what my ears and central core experienced when partying hard in Fabric. I had my Freshers ball here and remember being surrounded by the sweaty bodies of my friends and we danced to terrible house music.
I also remember girls lightly rocking in the stairwell, expensive drinks, weridos in the toilets and the place feeling empty even though there were possibly thousands of people here.
I did go back though, several times and the last time I decided I just wasn't "cool" enough to enjoy this venue. Yep, Lizzie G ain't that cool, it's official!
If there is someone you love playing by all means go, it you like "that" kinda of night out with more than just booze, I'm sure you'll have an awesome time. But me, I'd rather stick to the dirty grubby bars of east London and duff duff duff on my own time.
I've lived a lot of life in Fabric. The place is an institution, an underground bass cave of debauchery. I leave a little bit of myself every time I descend into its murky depths. On Fridays they have some of the best bass music you will find anywhere in the world. Nobody can argue that fact.
It isn't shiny or opulent -- in fact it is pretty grimy at times, dude heavy, unapologetic and raw. A lot of people are indulging in certain things you may not be into but they don't seem to bother anybody. Drunkards cause more problems than e-tards anyway. The ratio isn't the most favorable if you really are trying to enter a woman but to be frank i've actually have no troubles chatting to girls there. Just don't be a creeper, geez.
The great unifier is the music. That is what makes this place so good - No parading around lookin' all fancypants...just bass hunters everywhere and the soundsystem is IMMENSE. The dancefloor is rigged to vibrate with the music. Uh huh.
It ain't for everyone but it has the reputation it has for a reason. If you're into the heavier forms of electronic music go on a Friday night with as many open minded friends as possible. You will not be disappointed.
A 5 Star Review for my favorite London club.
I was completely mesmerized by the size of this place. It's like a fun house for grown ups. Bass subs under the dance floor?! YES. The dance floor literally keeps you bouncing to the beat.
I didn't mind the cover or the wait in line. I was in London for a month and went here three times. The price and the wait were worth it every time.
My fondest memory - closing out the night with Donna Summer's I Feel Love.
I cannot say it enough. The people in the dance music scene in London are SO down-to-earth and friendly. Nothing like the plastic, fake tits, bleach blonde hair, girls wearing shirts as dresses, guys with greasy hair and sunglasses crowds that a lot of clubs in Chicago have.
I wish there was a place like Fabric here!!!
I would like to give it 4.5 stars, just because it is so damn big.
But somehow they manage to get it right, mixing the large and small spaces together with little tunnels and a fair amount of semi-private seating. The upstairs VIP area around the main stage (with the speakers in the floor) is a great respite from the craziness below.
And god does it get crazy. Main room's audio system has to be heard - and felt- to be truly appreciated.
Unbelievable job of somehow managing to be so large and yet so wonderful.
At the age of 22 I feel like I'm too old to be in here! Due to its reputation for being 'THE club to visit' Fabric has secured its popularity with the 18th birthday party set. Expect to find a lot of girls stumbling around in stiletto's wearing novelty badges.
Despite this however, Fabric is still an awesome club. Echoing the other reviews I have to say that the music is great and there really is a buzzing scene. Oh and if you're planning a trip here make sure you stop of at the 24hr hour milkshake bar around the corner on your way out- a great place to top up the calories you've just danced off!
"What the hell just happened?" I walk in at 1230 leave 6 hours later without my jacket walking in pouring rain in 15 degree weather. Couple days later after work i return to Fabric and they returned my jacket and I was able to walk in the pouring rain happy and warm. God bless Fabric. :)
Disclaimer: don't come here if you don't feel the music.
This has to be one of my favourite venues in London if not my favourite, but as a fabricfirst member i could be quite biased!!
The club is set 3 stories underground, in the old meat cellars of the meat markets across the road. It houses three rooms, all of which are open brick work, room 2 being the largest and room 1 containing the first body sonic dancefloor. All three sound systems are fantastic, and although drinks are more expensive than your local, they are no more expensive to any other venue of this nature, and the multitude of bars means you never really have to que that long!
The biggest thing that sets Fabric apart however is the music pollicy. Very underground and forward thinking. Fabriclive on fridays can go from drum and bass, dubstep, house, breaks and hip hop with regular features from the likes of Scratch Perverts and LtJ Bukem. Fabric on saturdays is much more striped back house and Techno, and features people along the lines of Radio Slave, Richie Hawtin, Terry Francis, Magda to name a few.
If you like your clubs big, with excellent line ups then this is well worth checking out.
If you're not into the "club" or "house" scene, don't go to a venue that you already know has 3 dancefloors and a reputation for being one of the best and biggest discos in the world. There are too many reviews on this site that complain about the long lines, overpriced drinks and loud music. Hello, you're in a fucking club in swinging dick London. What did you expect?
That said, Fabric is everything that a young music and dance hound can ask for. The scene is young (gasp!) and party goers are NOT there to make chit chatty conversation. Kids go there to dance and expand their minds. We arrived around 11 because we knew the line would be long and we only had to wait for about 25 minutes. That is NOTHING. For you yanks, try getting into the megaclubs in Vegas or NYC in under an hour on a Saturday night. Not gonna happen. The bartenders are effing hot and there are some great places to lounge around and feel the music if that's your thing. My friends and I ended up staying until 6:30 and there were still people arriving as we headed out into the sunlight.
For anyone looking for a bass thumping good time in the heart of the electronica world, go to Fabric. A DJ just might save your life.
As a Londoner, this is a MUST do!! This place has hands down THE most AMAZING sub system of ANY London night spot. Every night of the week has QUALITY DJ's and it's always a good time. I've never left Fabric disappointed and I miss it more than anything now that I live in the states. I lived a lot of my crazy uni nights in that place and there's no other place like it. It's a bit grimy, but that's London.
But to be honest, you prob wanna get well mashed before you go in. At £10 for a double vodka & coke, you won't even have fun drinking since you're spending so much cash. Unless your Dad has an endless abyss of cash for you to dive in... make sure you get filled up somewhere else..
youre always in my heart Fabric... til' we meet again.
I went once in 2005. It cost 15 pounds to get in, beers were 5 pounds once you were in and the music was extremely loud. I'm not much a trance music guy, but I'd say this is an experience one should have when going out in London especially as a young Bloke.
My buddy and I did meet some Czeck girls and ended up dancing with them all night. Mine didn't like me much, I attribute it to the language barrier. The only words in Czeck we knew were Beer (Pivo) and Thank You (Dkuji). They weren't too impressed.
Perhaps it's changed, I don't know, I've not been here since 2003.
In 2003 I went here 3x... each of those Saturdays turned into Sundays. One even turned into Sunday afternoon. All classic nights.
Not been here for a while (showing my age), but my favourite club in London. Awesome music, with some big names DJ'ing and staff are cool and look after you.
Long line of taxis to help take you home at the end of the night which is always a bonus.
You can definitely be a party animal without being a club kid, and I am certainly not a clubber. However, anyone can appreciate the transcendent experience that is Fabric. Well, unless you go to clubs to sit down all night and have a nice chat. The magic of this place is certainly going to be lost on you if that's the case.
However, *if* you want to get your body rocked so damn hard you can barely function the next day, you've found a good spot for it. Several floors worth of lights, booze, sweat, bass and people all over the place. I've lived in several cities that don't even have a reasonable approximation of a club, so I haven't spent a lot of time in places like this -- and it's pretty awesome if you're not used to it. But I can see how it might get old for club kids who run all over Europe going to places just like this. I definitely saw some super bored-looking cats rolling their eyes at the massive, throbbing crowds of revelers. Alright, sure.
But I can own the fact that I haven't spent enough time in big cities to get so jaded and blase and bored... and I had a fucking blast here.
Also, I have never been in a place so packed that it takes 45 minutes of queuing just to go outside for some air or a smoke. Once you get to the back area, a huge timer is projected on the wall to prevent you from taking more than 10 precise minutes to do whatever you're doing out there. (Seriously?) Me, I was trying to dry off a bit and keep from dying of heat stroke.
If you're lucky, you'll leave here with dry clothes. But that also means you're doing it wrong! Just take a deep breath, stop taking yourself so seriously and remember that you paid to come here and have fun. Just sayin'.
There are brilliant acts here. And that's why you'll come.
But then you'll pay £4.50 for a 275ml bottle of stella, 'cos that's all they have, and hate the poseurs and the horrible people round.
I want so badly to like this place-- the layout, the talent, the history.
But I just. don't. The crowds. The boys. The bartenders. The bouncers. The general air of snootiness. The extreme drunkenness.
You'll end up here from time to time, 'cos someone will be spinning records who you'll want to listen to.
But you'll be better off elsewhere and will kick yourself for going.
Hhhm this moment of my life has to be documented as a "you just got playedddd son" moment. That kinda moment.
£15 entrance off tops for men AND women. This is the type of club that doesn't give a shit and will charge everyone up the ass because they've got a queue out the door the entire night. Plus, I came with a huge group of students and we all had our international student id's but they wouldn't give us the rate....scandalous because we were studying in London anyways.
Yes this place is huge as they say....three dance floors but it feels like you're lost in a maze the whole time and walking up and down the twists and turns of stairs to 8 different zones...I was thoroughly overwhelmed by the size of this place for a club.
The lights and sound system are to full potential but they can only do so much when the music is sh*t. No variety whatsoever...just mechanical beats. Disclaimer: this is a raver's dream club, therefore you have to be well acquainted with the raver's lifestyle and raver's INTERESTS to enjoy your time here...I can't get any more specific than that. I mean I enjoy electro music but whoever was spinning that night wasn't showcasing the best of electro...it was bad heckno-techno!
P.S. it smelled like a flood of campers that hadn't showered in three days.
Fabric is the model by which any club that purports to put on good underground music should measure itself. Best spot in the world for dance music, really.
On the night I went, they had Craig Richards and Stacey Pullen in Room 1, and Jimpster, Hipp-E, and Shur-I-Kan in Room 3. It's tough to see a lineup in the US ever drawing any kind of a talent bill like that, but that was a rather calm one for Fabric. Their lineups are consistently cheese free, and you can't put a price on that. You are bound to hear underground house, techno, drum'n'bass, breaks, or whatever, that's at the literal bleeding edge of the scene.
The space itself is large, dark, and free of frills - leave your glowsticks at home. The truly amazing feature is the soundsystem - they have bass tubes in the floor of room one, so when a big fatty bassline gets dropped, you can feel it in your footsies. And while the system is loud, it is properly engineered, so you can actually speak to people - this is a lost art in the club universe.
Basically if you are a fan of electronic music you need to make the pilgrimage here.
If you want to get your body rocked. If you want your eardrums to implode and your face melted off by an absolutely ridiculous soundsystem. If you want to be blinded by the best lightshow I've ever seen at a club. If you want to be graced with the presence of some of the best D&B DJs/producers in the business...
Ten pounds for students on Fridays. Sure the queue is long but it'll be worth your wait.
Drum & Bass rules the world....quid pro quo.
I have so much expectation on Fabric.
If I went to Fabric 10 years ago, I would rate this a 10 out of 5 stars. But I've been to a lot of parties and I've seen a lot of e-tards and k-heads. I just want some dubstep and drum and bass and some intimacy.
I am giving the 3 stars to N-Type's set at the smaller room and Noisia's set upstairs because I got to dance right in front of them without anyone touching me. The big room, not even. Yes, the big boys were there, but also 500 sweaty people. Sounds were bangin for sure. Definitely a night to remember. Bring your ear plugs when you go.
I went to Fabric many moons ago to catch Mark Farina. I had a blast, but the experience added another baffling detail to my London nightlife list of mysteries: the coke sucks, what's with the open plan bathroom, why do the people keep dancing when they move like mongs in a fit and WHY is Mark Farina is OPENING for H Foundation?
In the States, Mark Farina is always a headliner. We are talking nearly seven years ago when I was at Fabric, and back then Farina was still the fire. H Foundation, in the States, would never trump Farina. But whatever. I traded some shit coke for some E and I was off. I couldn't even tell the if the vibrating dance floor was actually vibrating. I stole some guy's hat and threw it at Hipp-e. My then-fiance got pissed at me. Mark Farina's then-girlfriend did my make up in the bathroom.
The sound was good, but not the best. The club, for the layout, was too dark--it bordered on feeling like a haunted house; you were bumping into rails and walkways and hallways and people. It was still a dope place, and if i was visiting London from some podunk town in America I might have been blown away. Fortunately, I hail from a city that has one of the better electronic and best house music scenes, so you can't fool me, buster.
Fabric is a nightclub and record label enterprise, being popular with mainly dubstep fans they have set the standard for any other venue that celebrates any and everything underground. Music you can expect to hear on a weekendly or even weekly basis consists of everything from Dubstep, Drum 'n' Bass, Hip Hop and Funky House music. They have a licensed bar for the 2000 people that can fit in this huge venue.
The staff are the coolest on the planet the drinks are cheap, the music is wicked it's definatly a place you need to visit in your life time trust me!
I'm rating this high though I really am not sure what all the fuss was about. Maybe I was just tired but I thought the place was crazy packed and really confusing to navigate around. I loved the ambiance and interior but I seriously couldn't keep track of which DJ was where and how to get back to a certain room.
The main dance floor was awesome! The sound system in every room was amazing. Definitely haven't heard anything as incredible as the music there.
I think it was the crowd that turned me off a bit. Maybe i'm just not familiar enough with the London club scene but it wasn't quite my style.
If I get back to London I'd love to check out the club again!
I must add that I put my coat in the coat check. Now as you go inside, they throw away all of your liquids and do a thorough purse check. So, when I left the club, I went to put on my coat and it was COVERED in still-warm coffee! I didn't want to make a fuss about it because I knew there wasn't anything they could do but I was pretty pissed about it.
Let me preface my review by saying I went on a few dates with the staff photographer when I lived in London, so I always got my admission fee waived here -- and i STILL didn't love it. I know it's a hot spot and I'm going to get some shizz for this, but Fabric was not my scene.
Here's a checklist for you:
First, are you a fan of house and electronica music? That's all they play.
Second, do you like megaclubs? Fabric is IMMENSE. It's a maze of rooms. I personally prefer DJ bars and lounges with dance floors that aren't packed with people sardine-style. The dance floor here is so crowded you can barely move.
Third, do you like paying over $30 (US dollars) to get into a club? I don't, and that's why I don't like Vegas either...
On the plus, they have an extraordinary sound system. And many cool live performances.
After paying a staggering £18 ticket fee online before heading to Fabric last week, I was ready to be impressed. Farringdon is a haul for me, which means at 2 am when I'm not going to want to take three buses home by myself, I'm also looking at a £24 cab fee.
The layout was interesting/confusing. Three separate areas, each supposedly themed differently. The place was dark and you could tell dirty, hedonistic acts occur there every night. The first room was large with an upstairs bar and downstairs dance floor. Lots of good looking people spotted by the odd middle aged man bobbing his head, scanning for underaged ladies to take home. An interesting people-watching locale to be sure.
The second room was smaller, with a packed dance floor mostly full of people gyrating to electro-dance pop. It was pretty much a rave. With would be cool if under the influence of illicit drugs, but otherwise just sweaty.
The third space was just a bunch of cushy couches and chairs.
Def not my scene, but very cool in its own right. For those into clubbing I would say Fabric should definitely be on your to-visit list.
Not sure why the hell this wasn't one of my first reviews. But man. Fabric, you... you are the epitome of club. And music. And dance.
As previously mentioned, don't come here if you're expecting class or chatting anyone up. You come here for the music and for the movements on the real.
Yeah it's going to cost you £16 to get in, but usually the better DJ's dont come on til later anyway, so you could go after 3 AM and pay £6. This is the type of place where you go to feel the bass in your bones and love it until the morning hours. Multiple rooms to swing them 'bows, and everyone is into it it's awesome.
If you know what Fabric is about and you're about it, then you'll love it. If not... go somewhere else and save your money/ complaints.
It's almost a rite of passage that whenever you visit London the place to go is Fabric, and after going there it's easy to understand the attraction this landmark presents. Launched in 1999, Fabric nightclub has gone from strength to strength and is now arguably Britians premier electronic nightspot. But does it really live up to all the hype?
Well yes and no. Musically you will not find many better places in London. Fabric boasts a slew of top name DJ's in almost every genre you can imagine, couple this with regular live performances from bands and hip-hop acts and add into the mix the fact that this enormous venue (formerly a slaughterhouse) has three rooms to choose from, each producing different styles and it seems you can't lose.
The venue itself is grimy, very grimy and becomes all the more grimy as the night wears on. But for a venue with this many people milling about smashed off their tits, it's hardly surprising they didn't litter the place with Ming vases.
On the down side Fabric has become somewhat a victim of its own success. Due to its ever increasing popularity it seems to attract an ever increasing number of wankers who come, not out of love for the music but because it is the place to be seen. Drinks are absurdly expensive, the most popular, and cheapest drink, is water at £2 a pop.
With a large group of mates I can promise that, for better or worse, you will have an evening to remember.
Great place if you are into this kind of night scene and the drum and bass world of music. I would give it 4 stars but I can't say I am a fan because it is not exactly me but I went because it is one of those places a young person in London must do once. The place is massive and it is quite amazing going from room to room especially the one room with the speakers below the ground, which makes the floor vibrate! People are a big mix from around Europe (and the world) -- I started my night speaking French to some Parisians who didn't know where to queue!
I skipped the queue because I purchased a ticket online beforehand so if you are serious on going do buy in advance to save a few hours in a queue with tourists!
Overall it is a great experience and even for someone like me who is not as hardcore trance I appreciated the lights, venue and energy resonating inside this mad club! And if you enjoy it then this is your heaven - all kinds of people - all enjoying till the wee hours of the morning!
Went on a Saturday night with a group. Music was pretty good - it's cool that there are a few rooms featuring different music. Did a little dancing, but couldn't help but notice there were very little women there. Seemed everywhere I looked there were guys standing around or dancing by themselves. Perhaps the cover at the door detoured some of the ladies. Ratio of men:women definitely needs improvement.
Place is huge inside. I got lost in the maze trying to make my way back to my group. If you get separated from your mates in here, it's practically impossible to find them.
Overall, it was an okay experience. I had a fun time mostly because of the friends I was with, not because of the venue. Worth trying out if you're new to London, but once was more than enough for me - I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon.
For a serious night of clubbing in London, in my opinion, Fabric really is the only consideration. Once you've weathered the queue snaking it's way down the road in Farringdon prepare to party like it's 1999.
The building used to be an abattoir which seems quite fitting for the carnage that can occur here. It's very raw looking inside; angular, concrete, and minimalistic. It's sparse on decoration to say the least, but you don't come here for niceties, the decor, or to even socialize (it's virtually impossible to to hear one another speak) you come here to dance like a machine.
The sound system in room one is the best I've come across in the UK, it's actually a bass-loaded 'bodysonic' system where the bass reverberates through the floor so you can feel it traveling through your entire body. What an experience! All the main acts go on in here for this reason and we usually stick to this room as it's slightly more friendly than what I've come across in the the back club. Last time I ventured in there it had brain drilling Eastern European techno blasting out. When it all gets too much, it's heaven to escape to the VIP lounge above Room 1 where you can look down over the balcony and watch the writhing mass of clubbers, before going back to join in the bear garden.
Unfortunately there is an ever increasing crowd of pill munchers thinking they're oh-so-cool with their sunglasses on (er there aren't even any windows in here love) barging their way about, especially now Turnmills has closed down (which usually siphoned of the worst). Yet as long as you're in a group you can feel pretty safe, besides, it's not all bad as I've come across all sorts of nice people too. Everyone's so into the music you're never really bothered anyway. Saying that, I don't think I'd go without the guys though.
I went for NYE a couple of years ago and it was incredible. Love it!!!!
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