AT CAMDEN PALACE
This venue is large and has more twists and turns than a month of Eastenders. Once you find your way onto the excellent main dance floor, it's hard to escape the heaving masses.
The crowd here are young and have far too much energy for their own good.
There are some excellent garage vibes in the top room, courtesy of Colin Williams, but the main dancefloor is where the real action lives. This is one of those gigs that you think you've got pegged but always leaves you pleasantly surprised
Drew headlines this Friday's festivities while Peach residents, Graham Gold, Darren Pearce and Craig Dimech, play anything of a deep and funky house ilk that moves the crowd. Good stuff.
Fridays, 1a Camden High St, NW1 (0171-328 8960) 10pm-6am pounds 7 before 11pm/pounds 10 after/pounds 6 members
TWICE AS NICE
AT THE COLOSSEUM
This is probably the strongest gig of its kind out there. Everything from garage anthems to rare grooves and old-skool gets a spin on the Technics, but people primarily turn up in droves for the underground vibes (aka speed garage) and the chance to kick back - it's a London thing!
The crowd are mature enough to organise sophisticated garbs for a Sunday night out while the rest of us are ironing a shirt for Monday morning. Plenty of designer labels but no pretensions to speak of.
Sundays, 1 Nine Elms Lane, SW8 (0171-272 4185) 8pm-3am, pounds 4 before 10pm/pounds 6 after
AT THE CLINIC
Promising house music for grown-ups, this gig has built up an uncompromising reputation over the last six months. The formula is simple enough; soulful garage, smooth house and classic disco with an Atlantic twist.
This is the perfect venue for some hassle-free revelry. They promise "strictly no speed garage" and they probably refuse to play the Spice Girls too. The vibe is friendly and the DJs keep the dancefloor twirling with a varied mixture of soulful rhythms. Flipping the script, rare grooves rule for one moment before 1980s funk is given a turn. DJs include Alan Russell and Seamus Haji.
Friday, 13 Gerrard Street, W1 (0181-531 7659) 10pm-4am, pounds 6
This gig replaced Roger Michael's Eyeball Arizona at Sub and has had nothing but good reports from the satisfied customers. Jackpot are the record label who brought you Sasha, Digweed and Cox so you could say that they know a thing or two about dance music.
The tunes played here cannot be pigeonholed - drum 'n' bass, garage, disco and underground house all take a turn on the Technics over the course of five hours.
Funky Green Dogs, Carl Cox, LTJ Bukem, Karl "Tuff Enuff" Brown and Basement Jaxx have already displayed their wares. In rotation with residents Jools Bettle, Phil Perry and Danny Howells, the dancefloor is always heaving.
Saturdays, 12 Acklam Rd, W10 (0171-610 2100) 10pm-3am pounds 10Reuse content