Village Underground

54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ
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Address
54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ

Telephone
020 7422 7505

Region
Shoreditch

Nearest Station
Shoreditch High Street (0.09 miles)

Category
Night Clubs

Village Underground London is a new cultural space located in Shoreditch combining a collection of ex London Underground tube train carriages recycled to form creative studios, coupled with a huge, restored Victorian warehouse which can be transformed into a flexible and multi-functional arena for a wide range of creative activity. It is often used for one-off clubnights providing a perfect, atmospheric venue!

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Nice space, shame about the acoustics

Gallery and workspace by day, club by night, the brick walls and sloped ceiling make this a very gorgeous venue in which to host parties or other events. Sadly in terms of a nightclub the sound leaves a lot to be desired as brick does not lend itself to great acoustics. Despite the Funktion 1 soundsystem there are moments when it’s possible to hear the sound bouncing off the back walls and echoing around, causing interference with what’s coming out of the main speakers.

Pity, because it is a very nice space. There are two rooms, however for smaller events such as Secretsundaze on a Sunday afternoon only one room will be open. The bar is a slightly makeshift one (there’s no tap for tap water for instance) but it is relatively well stocked with the usual spirits and beers.

There is a very heavy security presence, and bouncers walk around the dancefloor even when it’s at its busiest, looking for something to do. A tad ironic when you realise that the painting on the outside of the building is of a pupil dilating.

On the roof are two disused underground trains which are used as artist studios, one of the visual attractions of Shoreditch. If they sort out the acoustics and take it easy with the security, this could become one of East London’s premier venues.

Reviewed by Leila
Published on Oct 28, 2009


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This Shoreditch venue below a rail viaduct is well known as an all-night club and live music venue. It's also used as a gallery space by day, and its cavernous, bare brick look even lends itself to wedding receptions.

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