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Full Tilt at the Electric Ballroom of a Friday night in Camden is something of a London institution. Attracting a broad alternative crowd with a wide selection of alternative sounds, including Goth and industrial tunes. Purists may turn their noses up, but for mixing, dancing and drinking in a relaxed but raucous atmosphere, it's difficult to beat. Check out their site for history, pics and more.

London's hippest Goth club where Industrial aficionados, cybergoths, and kindred creatures of the night strut, preen and boogie until the sun drives them back to their day jobs. A great alternative if Full Tilt's not full on enough for you, though the Camden club's got a less precious atmosphere than Slimelight. Decide for yourself every Saturday in Islington - better still go to both if you've got the stamina - full details on their site at.

Arguably the best fetish club in England and thus, champions of the London scene maintain, the world. As eye-wateringly extreme as a semi-public club can get, and catering to a more counterculture and hip underground clientele, it's been the subject of coffee-table books and inspired compilation albums. Each month the Torture Garden tries to find a new venue and fresh theme to titillate jaded palates. Check out their site for the latest.

Our favourite guide to fiendish fun in the Big Smoke at the moment is Incy Wincy Spider's guide to Gothic London. Thorough, well laid-out and fun, even dark denizens of the Capital should find a few things about this most Gothic of cities from Master Spider, and its perfect for Gothic visitors finding their feet in what isn't always the world's friendliest metropolis. Give it a spin at:


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