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MUST DO: Parties along (and in!) the canal

Where to get your Regent's Canal rave on this weekend and beyond

Egg London's main dancefloor. Photo: Ryan Dinham
Egg London’s main dancefloor. Photo: Ryan Dinham

Lounge on the Lake at Egg

London’s nightclubs are having a fairly terrible time of it at the moment, what with the (hopefully temporary) closure of Fabric and the huge fire at Studio 338 (remember to lend you support to the campaign to #savefabric, and to rebuild Studio 338).
Meanwhile, after losing their licence for the festival’s site in Hertfordshire at the eleventh hour, Lounge on The Lake have upped sticks to Egg LDN, bringing their DJs with them for daytime parties across Saturday and Sunday at the multi-room (and sun terrace) club.
Saturday’s highlights include Secretsundaze’s Giles Smith, plus Clive Henry back to back with Alex Arnout, (the after party rolls on until 6am at the Apothecary, too), while on Sunday the likes of Richy Ahmed, Waifs & Strays and Geddes play the Terrace, fabric exiles Wet Yourself are downstairs, and Shoreditch’s Drunken Monkey bring Omar and Rodney P & Skitz to the garden.
Egg, 200 York Way, N7 9AX, Midday to 11pm Saturday (with afters at the Apothecary 11pm-6am), Midday to 3am Sunday. Advance tickets and full info here

2-to-4-hour party people hit the hallowed King's Cross site once full of clubbers (aka their parents) every weekend
2-to-4-hour party people hit the hallowed King’s Cross site once full of clubbers (aka their parents) every weekend

Rave cinema & kids clubbing

If dancing for 18 hours at Egg makes you feel a bit, well, tired, then you’ll probably be more interested in the Ghosts of Green and Pleasant Lands event, being held alongside the canal at Granary Square. The Floating Cinema will be showing a selection of films documenting the hedonistic utopias we attempt to create at festivals and raves, plus there’ll be on-board workshops, talks, a swim (at Pond Club, not in the canal, we hasten to add) and activities based around how us urban folk lose ourselves in the rural wilds. A big attraction is the arrival of credible family party-starters Big Fish Little Fish, who are having a bash on the steps on Sunday afternoon (read our review of one of their hedonistic events here). The kids can throw shapes while the adults get all misty eyed about their gloriously misspent youth when The Cross and Bagley’s ruled the King’s Cross roost, right next door. Booking for everything essential.
Thurs 1st Sept – Sun 4th, Granary Square steps, 6pm-11pm Event info ant tickets
Big Fish Little Fish, Sun 4th, 2pm-4pm, Advance tickets here

A more medative night out, at Cecil Sharp House
A more meditative kinda clubbing, at Cecil Sharp House

A more sedate night out

A new series of alternative night time events called The Gathering starts in September aimed at those looking for more from their night out: a holistic option to enjoy an experience and socialising without the hangover, featuring live music, meditation and talks. Guest speakers are Hemsley + Hemsley who will speak on their ‘good food, good mood, good digestion, good health’ philosophy and Lucy Rose will play a special live solo acoustic set.
8th Sept, 6.30pm – 11pm, Cecil Sharp House NW1. More details here

Dance here: get down at the bottom of Camden Lock
Dance here: get down at the bottom of Camden Lock

Party at the bottom of the canal

Odd as it may sound, we’re not making this one up. The Canal & River Trust is the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales, including our beloved local stretch of Regent’s Canal. To celebrate half a million quid’s-worth of restoration work to the locks that run through Camden Market and under Kentish Town Road, they are throwing a unique event – a rave at the bottom of the lock chamber.
Just turn up to their open day, (where you can learn all about their good work and the history of the canal, too), grab yourself a wristband, and then parties of 40 people in half hour slots will be lead to dance on the 200-year-old Georgian brickwork. It’s the first ever silent disco, or indeed any type of music event, to be held in a drained working lock, so well worth grabbing the chance to rave into the history books, before the water levels are restored for another couple of decades. There’s Kerb right next door for post-party sustenance, too.
Open days Sat 3rd and Sun 4th Sept. from 10am. Silent discos every half hour (Sat) 7pm – 9pm, free. Hampstead Road Lock, next to Camden Market. More info here.


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