Printworks London: Everything you need to know about the club

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It’s easy to paint London’s nightlife scene as a picture of grim health — rents are rising, developers are creeping and clubs are closing.

But there are in fact many reasons for optimism in the capital’s clubland. One of the brightest beacons of hope is Printworks.


In the current climate, it’s a bold move to open a small club, let alone a bloody great massive one, but this place showed it can be done, and done very well. There have been a lot of great club openings in London recently — FOLD in Canning Town and The Cause in Tottenham chief among them — but nothing quite on the scale of Printworks.


The converted printing factory opened its doors in February 2017 and immediately announced itself as a club like no other in the city. It’s a huge, looming warehouse of exposed metal and daunting balconies, with a long, narrow dancefloor — the whole thing feels like a cyberpunk movie set in a Berlin techno temple. That’s certainly a good thing.

It consistently draws in the most talked about DJs on the scene, boasting a schedule that few other clubs in the city can match.

Here's the GO Clubbing guide to Printworks.

Vital statistics

Where is it? Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 7PJ​
What’s the capacity? 4000 (Press Halls Electronic), 3000 (Press Halls Live)
When did it open? February 2017

What’s the music like?

Pretty varied. Printworks doesn’t have any weekly nights, opting rather to announce its listings season-by-season. As such, it spans a pretty broad spectrum of music, from EDM to Detroit techno. That said, the club’s organisers can always be counted on for covering the most in-demand sound — so far, that has meant a lot of electro, techno and house.

Who plays there?

Some of the biggest DJs in the planet, alongside a consistent string of exciting new names. The listings for autumn and winter 2018 are pretty mouth-watering: Sven Vath, Peggy Gou, The Black Madonna, Moodymann, Nina Kraviz, Jeff Mills, Bicep… the list goes on. Most nights are curated by well-known club brands, such as Cocoon and the Hydra, although there are some solo gigs, too, from the likes of EDM juggernaut Deadmau5 and Manchester grime hero Bugzy Malone.

How expensive are tickets?

Pretty pricey. First-release tickets for the big events — ones with eight or nine DJs on the line-up — are usually priced at £22.50 and can increase to around the £40 mark once the fourth-release arrives. Make sure to get in early. Tickets for the smaller events, such as the solo gigs, are often priced south of £20.

How late does it stay open?

The club specialises in daytime parties. Its Saturday events kick off at midday and then through until 11pm — so it’s not one for the night owls especially, but clubbers still very much get their money’s worth (11 hours of music is significantly more than you would get in most other London clubs). On Fridays, things tend to start later and end later, beginning at around 7pm and with a 2am curfew.

How good is the sound system?

Pretty damn good and, according to the people behind the venue, it’s only going to get better. Printworks is a big old space and would absolutely flop if the sound system didn’t reverberate through every nook and cranny, but it does. The whole system has been upgraded for autumn and winter 2018, with a new Audiotechnik J and V series PA, including better audio quality for revellers dancing on the club’s balconies.

What should I wear?

The dress code is very relaxed. The venue hasn’t published any specific requirements, so as long as you don’t go too wild, you should be good to go.

Is there a cloakroom?

There are a limited number of lockers, good for stuffing any coats or small bags into.

How do I get there?

Canada Water (Jubilee and Overground) is the nearest station, around a five-minute walk away, while Rotherhithe and Surrey Quays (both Overground) are about 10 minutes away on foot.

There are a number of local buses, too: 381, P12, 47, 188 and C10.

The Jubilee line operates as part of the Night Tube on Fridays and Saturdays, and is therefore the best bet for getting home. Otherwise, there are always plenty of taxis outside the venue, and a designated for Uber and private hire cars.

Anything else I need to know?

The building used to be a newspaper printing factory which produced none other than the London Evening Standard. With such a fine legacy, the club was always destined for great things...


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