ok the last review of this club was back in 2001, so time for updates only so i can save your poor sould and save you money and time. Ok for about 4 years now all i heard was "have u been to bagleys, wicked club mate" so i decide to give it a try. I knew it was gonna be house and what i had heard was that there were 4 rooms and it was some massive warehouse. Im thinkin yeh sweet! So we manage to find the place quite easy and get a parking space. The area where the club is looks like it used to be an old industria estate, and i measn old the type of iron works industrial esate - no concrete. We ask a parkin attendant where bagleys is, he replies "oh its split into 3 clubs now" but the one that plays the hard house is called smile. I think that was just the event name for a saturday like how it used to be freedom. Anyways the stewared points us out to this PR who then walks us down some dirt track to the back of some dodgy lookin buildings. You cant hear any music and its looks a bit dingy. No worries it matters whats on the inside i think. We arrive at the building to find no que. OK no worries. Theres one bouncer at the door who is so unproffesional that he starts searching one of us, then my mate gives him a red bull that he couldnt take in and the bouncer says ok u can just go in for that. We coulda had any sort of weapons. So we get in 2 the main reception which looks like a dark basement room with 2 shifty guys at the desk. After we have paid the shifty guy says "can u write your name, email and mobile number here, oh and if you have more mates bring em down and we'll sort em out" now if this is meant to be some kinda 'superclub' why are they so desperate for people and why are they being so nice..... ...and this is where the whole review comes to a mid conclusion! In my opinion this saturday night thing is run by a bunch of amateurs who are desperate to get people in. The staff are disoga nised and there is no proffesionilism. I wouldnt mind if it was a new club but ffs this is legendary bagleys!!! Anyway inside there r only 2 rooms, yes 2 not 4. One plays house and the other plays hard house not much difference but tell them that. The bar has hardly any drinks, which are expensive anyway. The cloakroom staff didnt even know how many rooms the club had???? they work their dont they? The main room is the hard house room and this is just a plain room 30m x 15m with a poxy stage. There are no lasers and the sound isnt that good. The other room is even worse so im not going to waste my time explaining it. There were about 50 people in the whole club, 80% were off their heads which is ok if your in a massive, laser filled club like camden. Half the people looked like muppets, wearing baseball caps and such and the rest looked about 40, as if they had only ever know bagleys. so in ther end me and my chums though f*ck this, left, drove to camden palace 10 mins away and had probably one of the best nights in there. Conclusion - Dont go there unless u really like the old skool amateur type raves. if you want atmosphere, good sound and good lasers/lighting go somewhere like camden. thx 4 reading
It’s not that often I go to a club and have an absolutely miserable time. I mean usually even if the music is bad, or the atmosphere isn’t great you can make the best of the situation with a few mates and have a good laugh, but not here. We tried. We really had to make a concerted effort to have fun and still didn’t succeed. We’d gathered a group together with the intention of going to Fabric, but because the Chemical Brothers were playing it was ‘one in one out’ very early on and we were forced to try someplace else. I knew Bagley’s wasn’t too far away and I’d seen some flyers round our university for it so we decided to give it a go. As soon as we got there I could see we’d made a major error of judgement. I couldn’t say what was the worst thing about this club, but I would struggle coming up with one positive thing to say, that is unless you’re underage and haven’t the fake ID to go anywhere that isn’t dependant on the income it makes from young teens, in which case – this is the club for you kids! There were far too many trashy looking fourteen year old girls being eyed-up by fifty year old men. It was quite disturbing. And it seemed the majority of people in there were completely off their face on drugs. Just walking up to the club we were approached by two men asking if we were sorted for gear. I’m sure some people would think this great news, but it was certainly not what we’d been expecting. Bagleys is basically a very run-down warehouse, add a few lights, a few crudely drawn murals, a booming sound system that pumps out some really dodgy drum and bass/hardcore ‘supposed’ music, accompanied by the most annoying inept MCs and combined with a really rough atmosphere where you feel uneasy to even make eye-contact with people in case they march over and accuse you of looking at them in the wrong way. I can’t say I felt particularly sa fe in there. There was far too much attitude, even for a club in London – and that’s saying something! We tried to get into the spirit of things and head towards the dance floor, but we just couldn’t dance to that music. It was so dire. After about an hour or so we just couldn’t take anymore! We left feeling slightly cheated that we’d just spent over £10 each to sit around in some cold dingy warehouse, though relieved we were all still in one piece!
Last week I went out clubbing to Bagleys for the first time, the mates that I went with have been before and said that it was good, so I took their words for it, and they were right. Situated near Kings Cross it doesn't look anything like how I expected it to look like. It looks quite tatty, but inside's alright. It costs £14 to get in, £12 if you are a student and £10 if you arrive by public transport, it's not bad considering it opens at 11pm and it's open til about 7am, so all round it's a great night out. It has 3 main dance rooms, Hard House, Garage and Trance. If you're not really into all that club music then I wouldn't recommend it. I like most sorts of music so I had a wicked time. The drinks are slightly over priced but that didn't really bother me as I had money for a change, and what better things to spend it on other than ALCOHOL!!! I've been to night clubs before mainly in my home town, I've never been out of town clubbing, and none of them compare to Bagleys, for those of you who say that Bagleys isn't what it's all cracked up to be then I recommend you stick to Top of the Pops type clubs or disco's. If you fancy a night of clubbing then you really should try Bagleys, It's the best, I'll definately be going again.
When it costs twenty quid to get in here on a Saturday night, you'd think it would be something pretty spectacular...well it wasn't, it was a real let down!! Bagley's may be hyped up by loadza people in a world of their own...but trust me if you not into dancing the whole night through till 7 am then after the first hour you'll be bored out of your mind!! I found it really crowded with hardly any room to dance. The bars have absoulutely ridiculous prices, they only have a few bars open, so you end up queueing ages for drinks. As far as the music goes,well it really sepends who is on.... if you get the regulars it's not too bad I suppose, but you get the feeling you've heard it all before. If you're into popular house and trance, this will probably be the place for you, but if you like something a bit differentlike tparty tunes or pop classics then I wouldn't really recommend it. It's worth going once though just to see, if you start getting bored just drink loada red bull....that should keep you going!!
For all the ravers out there that use to go to the sanctuary before helter skelter stopped, going to united dance or slammin vinyl here just sucks. The arenas are tiny, the people are grumpy and most annoyingly the security are really really violent. If your a raver then I would say don't go to Bagleys but go to one of the new Future Dance raves, which are at the Castle film studios. At least there the ravers can actually rave!
Freedom @ Bagley's was one of the best Saturday night's out I've had in London. £10 to get in was value for money to allow you to dance until the (extremely) early hours. There are 3 large rooms, and a very much up-for-it crowd. Drinks were expensive, but most people aren't really there to get drunk. It was a bit of a hassle to get there, you really have to know where you are going, and the place isn't exactly a palace, but it's all well worth it in the end. And there's the nearby McDonald's where you can get your breakfast after clubbing until 7.30am!!! Nearest tube is King's Cross, although it would be helpful to ask for directions after that.