Ministry Of Sound

103 Gaunt Street, Lambeth, London, SE1 6DP
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Address
103 Gaunt Street, Lambeth, London, SE1 6DP

Telephone
087 0060 0010

Region
Lambeth

Nearest Station
Elephant & Castle (0.14 miles)

Category
Night Clubs

Website
http://www.ministryofsound.com/

Opening Summary

Friday: 22.00 - 06.00, Saturday: 23.00 - 07.00

Venue Facilities

Smoking Area

Food Served

Big Screen TV

Disabled Facilities

Credit Cards Accepted

Live Music Played

Private Area

Outdoor Area

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All In London Review

VIP treatment at the world’s most famous nightclub is accessible to all

A VIP is defined as “a person of great importance or influence, especially a dignitary who commands special treatment”. VIP areas in nightclubs were once solely the preserve of A list celebrities, the odd minor royal and essentially, very important people, thus to be allowed entry into a VIP room was to own the privilege of a higher status to most mere mortals. So desirable is this notion that venues realised it’s a great money-spinner, therefore many a West End nightclub now offers the option to pay for VIP access, and who knows, you might even be lucky enough to cross paths with one of the cast of Made in Chelsea.

Ministry of Sound is the world’s most famous nightclub today. Opened in 1991, it was modelled on New York’s Paradise Garage, and became the UK’s first venue to boast a 24 hour dance licence; the quality of the sound system and the dancefloor were key in its construction. With credentials like these it might not be the first place that springs to mind where velvet ropes and bottles of Bolly are concerned. So what can one expect from Ministry’s VIP experience? For £115 per person on a Saturday night (it’s £100 on Fridays) you can reserve a table, which enables you to jump to the front of the queue and be taken to your seat, where a waitress will take your drink order - there is no need to jostle at the bar. The drinks list includes cocktails, champagne and curious shooters called things like Banoffee Pie, rather than your average vodka ‘n’ Red Bull, and complimentary snacks may be provided. You also save £2 on the cloakroom and there’s a goodie bag for whoever books the table. While you can watch the goings-on in either the main room or the second room from one of two balconies, there is a certain section of the VIP area where you may experience a hurricane bassquake that has the downside of making glasses vibrate off the table and smash on the floor, but we daresay the sound quality is much better elsewhere. In any case, who cares? You’re a VIP now.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on Oct 3, 2011


It may not be hip, but still going strong

Fabric and Ministry of Sound are arguably the two most famous superclubs left in the capital. However whilst both are of mammoth-sized proportions overall, the size of each room at Fabric is considerably smaller than at MoS, meaning more intimate experiences are possible at the Farringdon venue.

Being the landmark that it is, top DJ’s pull in the crowds at MoS each week. Recently, Need2Soul’s 6th birthday party found itself without its two most important guests when Francois K and Juan Atkins were unable to fly due to Iceland’s infamous volcano erupting and interfering with hundreds of flights. After the initial disappointment Jerome Sydenham managed to pull out all the stops and get the party going.

Loved and loathed in equal measures there is no denying that with the right combination of factors it is possible to have an amazing party here. Criticism is often directed at their choice of more commercial events (Hed Kandi being an example), however a nightclub is a business, and surely all businesses are commercial. Additionally, MoS do host more underground events such as Hi-Tek Soul with Derrick May and guests, and Secretsundaze have held their Sunday afternoon parties on the courtyard.

Security is tight, (it is a superclub afterall) complete with airport-style metal detectors at the entrance. Though ticket prices are usually on the wrong side of £10, they’ve implemented a price drop the later you turn up, usually down to £6 after 4am. Clever punters find out what time their DJ is on and turn up accordingly.

Since opening in 1991 Ministry of Sound has become a powerful brand known around the world, with a record label and DJ academy. It may not be hip, or underground, but it’s still going strong as it approaches its 20th birthday.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on May 18, 2010


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Reviewed by Ranu
Bought the CDs now go to the club

Jul 22, 2004
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