“ 1 Leicester Square, W1. „
Home Nightclub is based in Leicester Square, London for those of you that don't know. It as known by its title as one of the Nation's "super" Clubs. Well, I think its labelled wrongly because it is crap. Or should i say it WAS crap. Home has been shut down this week and its not before time too. Firstly, Its nowhere near as cool as the other big London Clubs such as the Ministry of sound or Hannover Grand. Its quite small and cramped inside and not worthy of its title. It looks very flashy form the outside with its modernistic exterior but dont let that fool you. At least it did offer a variety of music tastes inside. Whether you are into Banging House, pumping garage or noisy "old Skool" tunes, there was always a DJ playing something you would like. Trouble is, its bad image of being a drug haven caught up with it and it got shut down. People everywhere are dancing with their bottles of water on the go and they will go all night. Thats not normal. When I have been, you can tell who is there to dance and who is there to go and tell their mates "I have been to Home". Its very touristy becasue of its location too which means it is pricey. So its small, touristy, pricey, hot and frankly unfriendly. The people are not like a big family but more like lots of individuals. Not tht you have a choice anymore but it was one to avoid.
After being leered at by greasy middle-aged men at Equinox, Leicester Square, I decided to try out Home- I had been assured it was an altogether more classy establishment. Hmmm..... Queued up for what seemed like ages, until finally, we arrived at the fron of the queue only to be greeted by a pretentious, jumped-up twat, who patronisingly told us it was a "fetish night" and, did we mind about it? After assuring him that no, we definitely didn't mind, we made our way past numerous household appliances, up a huge escalator to the main entrance. So far, so good. After paying our £15 our whatever it was, we went into the largest room, expecting to be swamped with rubber-clad doms adorned with piercings and brandishing instruments of torture. And, er, it wasn't. In fact, the only thing remotely "fetish" was some bloke in a catsuit jumping around on a platform. We then made our way up to the next room, where we stopped to admire the dinky little TV screens built into the wall. Nice idea, that. It started to fill up around half twelve, and after finishing our alarmingly expensive drinks, we decided to get up for a proper dance. Oh dear. Each room seemed to be filled with the same type of people- wankers and posers. There wasn't much of an atmosphere, like in some clubs, where people seemed to be lost in the music. Maybe that was because the music itself was less than stimulating. I think they had scrapped the whole trance idea by the time we went there, and instead we got a weird sort of progressive funk. It's so difficult to get into if you want to really throw yourself into it; it seems more suitable for people who want to strut around, vodka redbull in hand, and look "cool". Actually, thinking about it now, it was probably a good choice, with the other clubbers in mind. The myth that each level has different music is also untrue- one level just looks down on the level below, and
you hear the same music, and the top level is shut off to lesser mortals who haven't made it on the VIP list. Admittedly, the design is above average for a London club, but I think more could have been made of it. Realising that every floor was basically playing the same brand of boring, uninspiring music, we made a decision to call it a night. This was about half 1 in the morning, and believe me, we don't EVER leave that early if we can help it. Resisting the temptation to get a massage (another nice idea on Home's part) we sat in the tiny chill-out area, admired the view for a few minutes, and then left, highly disappointed. Home is essentially wasted potential. It has some really good ideas, but the music is sub-standard and this isn't just me not particularly liking it; no-one I saw seemed to be have that great a time. It lacks in atmosphere, and is definitely too over-priced, even for a London club. So it looks like Equinox again... at least it has no pretentions about being anything more than a cheesy tourist club!
I am from the North and we had spent weeks organising our weekend trip to London and planned to go clubbing on a Saturday night for a Birthday bash. I originally planned to go to Fabric, which still would be my preference, but the queue was twice around the block and it was far too cold. So we under-grounded to Home instead. There was only a small queue when we arrived at around midnight, which was a relief. The first pleasing attraction apart from the club looking stunning from the outside was the pleasantness of the Doormen. It might be a comparative of the North, where you wouldn’t really like to even look at them funny, but the Doorman actually described the club to us before we went in. They told us exactly what to expect, so you have a good opportunity to leave if it’s not your thing. They tell you how many floors are open and the style of music etc……….. Like everyone else has said on their Ops, Home is expensive, to get into, to buy drinks and to Hang your coat up also. £15 to get in about £3-4 for drinks and £2 in the cloakroom. The choices of drinks are 2-bottled lager (Stella or Rolling Rock) or various spirits, but most people seemed to drink water. The music is brilliant. I went on a typical night as well. There were no big name DJ’s but they were all talented. On the 3 Floors that were available there were 3 different genres. Old Skool (mid – late nineties)/Garage on the 1st Floor, Hard House on the 2nd Floor and House/Trance on the 3rd Floor. So not too much variety really. If you like anthems and pure dance music then you’ll be right. The sound system was top notch also. The location itself was very confusing I thought (but I did say that I got in there late). It seemed like a ‘nicely decorated building site’, with lots of walkways and boards dividing rooms. Obviously Home was much prettier than a building site, but the layout seemed chaotic. There were lot
s of modern effects that you would expect, kaleidoscopes and the like, the lighting and as already mentioned sound was very professional. The toilets were much, much more than you could ask for. Constantly being cleaned and lots of soaps and all sorts of clean fun. The size of the venue, after browsing the website, really is a let down. I expected it to be huge but it really is quite small, though not too small, I have to say. I would like to visit this club again on an event where all the floors or most were open, Home would then get praise that its ‘high classed brand’ deserves. You just seem to end up wandering around all night expecting to realise where you are, but I never seemed to familiarise myself. This doesn’t quite get full marks, maybe next time.
This is a club which i enjoy going to when in London, its nice and modern with an stylish industrial feel to it but still keeping a smart appearance. First impressions from the outside: it is a place which draws you in, you want to know what it is like inside. once inside there is a lot of metal structure to it with a few floors of usually various styles of music. The top floor particulary is good for a more relaxed clubber with a funkier blend of music been played in there when i went. The main dancefloor is a rectangular space with the dj at one end of the dancefloor and a balcony area looking over it. The balcony goes around in a sloped 'pathway' down to the lower floor passing an area, at the end furthest from the dj, slightly raised above the main floor - good for those who like to pose a bit! the crowd i have found tends to have that general London feel - not as friendly as elsewhere in the country. But no threatening feeling as found in some places and there are some friendly faces around who will give the usual club chat. The music is usually quality although i would check the night if you want a particular style to make sure you get what you wanted. final word is a disadvantage - door policy, whilst the door people seem to become your long lost best friend - the number of questions i have been asked, mainly about dj's on that night just to make sure that i really intended on going to the club can be a bit daft. The reason for this i presume is the location, they seem to get a lot of tourists and the like just passing by thinking 'lets have a look in here, it must be good theres a queue'
What can I say? Home is a wicked night out! In Leicester Square so the atmosphere is amazing before you get into the club. Got through the queue nice and quick and then 5 levels present themselves for investigation. I had a mate playing a set on the top floor as part of 'Democracy On The Decks' and Pete Tong was playing a set in the main room. The top room provided great variation and well I don't even need to say how good Tongy is! the night went right off and everybody was up for a great night and it was well worth the 15 quid to get in. Drinks are a bit pricey but if you're going for the music that shouldn't bother you one bit. The only bad point is that it shuts at 2AM so it was taxi time a bit before I was really ready to write the night off. Here comes the magic bit though - waiting for a taxi with my mate and it turns out this big silver car we are standing by is Pete Tong's and as he gets in it we got to have a quick word - can't get much better than that!!!
Home is a really good club. It is the second best club I've ever been to only second behind BCM's and thats only because BCM's was in Magaluf. Home has seven floors and the day I went which was a saturday it cost £15 to get into but I believe it costs only £8 on week days. When I went there they had 5 of the 7 floors open and they play different kinds of music of different floors. When I was there they had a live web link to Pete Tong but they have many other live and web link DJ's. My advise is get pissed before you get to the club because the drinks are really exspensive. Also another peice of advise is if you have never been to Home go there it is a really good experience.
i went to home on friday night for the first time. I have always had a moral oposition to going to such a super club that makes sh*t dj's even richer and rips off the clientelle by charging a fortune for entry and even more for a drink. After having major hassles with the tossers on the door about the door list, we finally got up to the view bar which all that it had going for it was of course the view. So unless you are in to cheesy sh*t music and tackily dressed girls i wouldn't recomment it at all.
As one of the big three superclubs that opened in 1999 (the others be the Scala and Fabric), Home enjoys the most central location - and the largest capacity, at 2,700. Eight million pounds went into creating this dance palace, spread over seven floors, and it certainly looks good. Paul Oakenfold's residency is the musical pivot, and he pulls in some good DJs from the UK and abroad. The prices, though, are fiersomely high, and being where it is, out-of-towners and tourist can predominate, particularly at weekends.
For the first few weeks that I was living in London, Thursday night was always "Home" night. At £5 to get in, it seemed value for money compared to the £15 they were charging to see Paul Oakenfold on a Saturday. Vodka and redbull was also a bargain at £2. Although only 3 out of the many floors was open, this gave more than enough room to dance the night away until the early hours. It is easily accessible from Leicester Square tube, although they had a very bizarre queueing system involving tickets to get from one queue to another (??). My advice is to go there early, not much later than 10.30pm, go straight to the cloakroom (queues pile up quickly), and try to go early in term, i.e. October/November, as later on in the year it tends to die down.
At £15 to get in here on a Saturday night, I was expecting to get something really special, but unfortunately this was not the case. Home may be different from other clubs in terms of its layout; it is over about 7 floors, but it is actually much smaller than it looks, as clubbers can only get into about 4 of the floors and there isn't much room to dance. Also, the bars (which are extortionately expensive) are sparse so you end up queueing ages for drinks. Music wise, it really sepends who is on. Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong and Danny Rampling are regulars 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 different and with more of an atmosphere, I wouldn't really recommend it. It's worth going once though just to see.
Home is a great club located in Leicester Square, London. Paul Oakenfold is one of the resident Dj's and on the night I last visited he played superbly, not missing a single beat. There's several floors to Home, but generally they are not all open to the public. The main floor is the place to be in most cases as in houses the top name DJ's and has the best sound/lighting. However, the other floors are very good including a very plush upstars bar area with a nice R&B/HipHop kind of flavour. It's certainly got a decent music policy. The club's setup is impressive, the sound system is first class, and it is very clean indeed. (the toilets are great, there is even free cosmetic products to keep yourself looking good.) Queue times can be long at the weekend so arrive early to avoid disapointment, also be prepared to have your wallet raped upon entry - at about £15 for entry it's expensive. The atmosphere inside is very good, although due to the location there tends to be a high proportion of tourists who do not quite fit into the typical clubber category. This is not too much of a problem, but coming from somewhere which literally explodes on a Sat. night like Gatecrasher etc, it's not quite the same. The security staff (and bar staff etc) are all very friendly and efficient in my experience, which is nice because it's not always the case. They get plenty of top name DJ's in regularly ie every week, including the legendary Paul van Dyk, Sasha, Cox etc. All in all, it's a great club and on the right night, if you're willing to pay highly for entry, you'll have a good time.