Despite outcry from the public and support from London's mayor, Fabric Nightclub has been forced to close for good.
This disappointing news comes after a voluntary hiatus following the deaths of two teenagers. This led to condemnation, where some accused the club of being a "safe haven" for illegal drug use.
All this came to a head on Wednesday morning, when the local council decided to revoke Fabric's license. This was not the news that more than 100,000 petition-signers were hoping to hear. Without a license, Fabric Nightclub has been forced into a permanent closure.
But all may not be lost, as the club, along with the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), has vowed to appeal to ruling. They are hoping to raise £500,000 to help with the legal costs. As it stands now, NTIA deputy chair Alexander Proud pledged £10,000 to the fund.
Speaking out, NTIA's Chairman Allen Miller wants the local authorities to take a "grown up" approach towards drugs and not simply blame the clubs and bars. "Much consideration and investigation needs to go into decisions like these," he explained in a BBC Radio interview. "Especially where there has been a tragic incident."
This closure has turned the London nightlife scene upside down, with many wondering if this is the beginning of the end. Instead of taking a doom and gloom approach, we recommend you show your favorite nightclub love. Whether it's Maddox, The Box Soho, Cirque Le Soir or Drama Park Lane, this is a good time to let everybody know that London's nightlife scene is still thriving.
After the voluntary closing of Fabric Nightclub, support has come from an unlikely source.
London mayor Sadiq Khan recently responded to an overwhelmingly successful petition rallying support for London's controversial hotspot. Fabric Nightclub closed earlier this month after two 18-year-pld partiers died of a drug overdose. This led to a report condemning the club for its lenient policies, calling it a "safe haven" for illegal drug use.
Fans of the club were understandably upset, taking to the internet to voice their opinion on the closing. Nearly 100,000 people signed an online petition calling for the return of Fabric Nightclub, emphasizing how vital it is to the nightlife economy.
Sadiq Khan agreed, pledging his support to the club. "I am committed to using the influence of my office to overcome the numerous challenges facing the night time economy." He also vowed to put safety checks in place to combat some of the nightclub's seedier problems.
"My team have spoken to all involved in the current situation and I am urging them to find a common sense solution that ensures the club remains open while protecting the safety of those who want to enjoy London's clubbing scene."
It sure didn't take long for the fastest man in the world to hit the London party scene.
Just days after winning gold at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Usain Bolt has been caught partying with a bevy of attractive women at the legendary Tape Nightclub.
It all started earlier in the week, when the Olympic champ was seen dancing with six mysterious women at the central London nightclub. One day later, he was back at it again, with a new batch of women. The Daily Mail reports that he picked up quite the posse at the club, apparently continuing the party back in his hotel room.
All this comes after the gold medalist was pictured in bed with the former wife of drug kingpin Jady Duarte after a wild night in Rio.
One woman who isn't impressed with Usain's recent escapades is Kasi Bennett, the runner's girlfriend of two years. She has voiced her displeasure for her boyfriend's infidelity on social media, suggesting that the fastest man in the world may have a hard time getting away from an uncomfortable conversation when he returns home.
This is further proof that you never know who you'll run into at Tape Nightclub.
The internet nearly melted down when Calvin Harris and Nicole Scherzinger were spotted at Tape Nightclub last week.
After a recent (and public) breakup with Taylor Swift, the sighting predictably started a flurry of relationship rumors. Could it be that the Scottish DJ and former Pussycat Doll are an item?
Not so fast, says HollywoodLife.com. Citing an unnamed source, the rag claims "Nicole and Calvin are not serious whatsoever. They are both using their recent hangout as an opportunity."
Even with that, online chatter persists. Harris and Scherzinger have been spotted together all over London, fueling speculation. Regardless of whether they are just friends or something more, these two are definitely having a great time. It just goes to know who you may run into when you book VIP tables and bottle service at Tape London.
Just days after strutting down the Christian Dior cruise 2017 runway, model Bella Hadid was seen at London's Cirque Le Soir nightclub on Thursday morning.
The sought-after 19 year old was not alone, as she partied the night (and early morning) away with musician boyfriend The Weeknd. The two were spotted leaving the trendy nightclub around 3 am on Thursday morning.
Best known for number-one hits like "The Hills" and "Can't Feel My Face," The Weeknd has not only dominated the Grammy Awards, but was also nominated for an Oscar earlier this year. The couple has been dating for a year.
Bella looked incredible, sporting a white, high-necked top under a black leather coat. The monochrome look seemed to get the attention of everybody at the club, including the photographers ready to get the exclusive pictures.
Cirque Le Soir calls itself the "Greatest Show on Earth," and with Bella Hadid and The Weeknd there, it's easy to see why.
Proving once again that you're never too old to go clubbing, a septuagenarian couple was spotted having the time of their lives at Fabric Nightclub.
Clubbers were shocked when they were joined by a Polish couple in their 70s. At first, DJ Hansen worried the two may be lost. "I was downstairs just opening and I saw her on her crutches going slowly down the stairs. I thought they were lost."
As it turns out, the pair had purchased tickets online in Poland after reading a club review in the newspaper. Although the couple didn't speak much English, they kept in good spirits, had a few drinks and partied all through the night. In fact, they didn't leave until 5 am, outlasting a lot of the much younger party goers.
"I ran down to welcome them to the club," explained DJ Hansen to the Evening Standard. "I said 'it's amazing you're here' and gave them a drink. They had two tequila shots and she gave me a high five."
"They wanted to join in the party; they weren't interested in upstairs."
We can only hope we're that cool when we're in our 70s.
London's nightlife scene is about to get a little smaller. In a recent Facebook post that sent shockwaves across the industry, Dalston basement club Dance Tunnel revealed that they will be closing their doors in in August.
Originally opened in November 2012, this 220-capacity nightclub has built a reputation for packing in punters and hosting some of the world's most popular DJs. Located beneath Voodoo Ray's pizza shop on Kingsland High Street, Dance Tunnel helped popularize the basement club movement and still remains one of London's favorite haunts.
Despite being popular, keeping such a small venue afloat has proven to be a financial headache for the owners. Dan Beaumont explains: "With a club that's small with the calibre of artists playing that we want and keeping the door affordable within the licensed hours, the margins are pretty tight.
"We discovered that early on. So a lot of Dance Tunnel's life has been trying to make it work in very tight parameters."
The response from the loyal fans and DJs have been swift. Disclosure tweeted his condolences, noting that he "had some good times at that spot!" Oliver Jones agreed: "Thanks for everything guys! Had some special moments in there." Some fans have even started a petition calling for the club to be "saved." It currently has over 5,000 signatures.
"It's heart-breaking," Beaumont said. "I think we've let people down by not being able to continue and also very humbling and it's amazing that there are so many people that care about our place as much as we do.
"If anything, it's given us a big impetus to try and do something even better and continue in a similar form.
"People have been in touch about meeting future husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, memories they've had about artists they've seen for the first time, and you realise these are magical places for people. It's quite overwhelming to be hearing all of that."
While nothing is set in stone, the trio behind Dance Tunnel are considering a new venue elsewhere in the capital. "We'd like to be able to take a deep breath and take a look at some other options so we can try to deliver something without so many compromises."