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The Gallery - Londons most pumping Friday night
The Gallery @ Turnmills (London)
Member Name: matt_bass
The Gallery @ Turnmills (London)
Date: 15/08/02, updated on 15/08/02 (811 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent DJ lineups, One of the best atmospheres in London, Friendly up for it crowd
Disadvantages: Long queues at peak times, Very popular and therefore crowded
The Gallery is held every Friday night at Turnmills on the corner of London's Clerkenwell Road. The night runs from 10.30pm to 7.30am and entry costs between £8 and £12 depending on what time you turn up and whether you are a member or not. The nearest tube station is Farringdon, which is about a 5 minute walk away and there is plenty of night time parking in the streets around the club on yellow lines. If you want to get in quickly expect to turn up early, even before 10.30pm. Otherwise be prepared to queue for around an hour, although to be fair in my opinion this is one of the only negative points to the night.
So what exactly can you expect from The Gallery. Well it is promoted by Danny Newman, brother of superstar DJ Tall Paul Newman. So the music policy is one of Pumping House and Euro Trance, always uplifting and becoming harder as the night draws on. As he is the brother of the club's promoter Tall Paul is naturally one of the resident DJs alongside Steve Lee and Lottie. Regular guests include the cream of the UKs DJs including Judge Jules, Fergie, Sister Bliss, Paul Oakenfold, Nick Warren and Jon Pleased Wimmin. Plus occasional appearances from Europes elite such as Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Ferry Corsten and Sander Kleinenberg.
The club itself is one of my favourites in London but may not be to everyones tastes. Located downstairs in what I guess used to be under street cellars the word that springs to mind is intimate. Although the capacity is probably around the 800-900 mark it is cramped in many places and there are lots of narrow walk ways and tight stair cases to negotiate. The main dance floor is at the back of the club and is quite long and narrow. The DJ box is located at the front end of the dance floor and is visible from most positions which is nice. On busier nights the second dance floor at the back of the club is opened up, and although separate to the main floor has the same music channelled through. The lighting an
d sound system in the club is also top notch. Because the main floor is long, dark and narrow with a low ceiling the laser they have in there looks superb. Quite often throughout the night you will see the laser sweep down and cut through a sea of hands and smoke. Its an excellent touch.
The Gallery also has a second smaller side room. The music policy changes around for this room, but is always an alternative to the full on House of the main dance floor. Currently you can expect to hear a mixture of Funky House, Breaks and Old Skool House played in this second room depending on the DJ.
The crowd at the Gallery is excellent, especially for London. The average clubber here is slightly older than somewhere like Peach and a bit more clued up on the music. There is a dress code at the club, and although it isnt too strict you won't see too many people in tracksuits and trainers. The crowd is quite mixed, with similar amounts of guys and girls, plus the odd transvestite or two. Ive always noticed quite a large presence of Australians and New Zealanders in there too which is cool, and adds to the flavour of the night. As the club is open so late there is a real lack of beer-boys and the emphasis is on dancing hard, so be prepared to get very sweaty. Although to assist you there is some air conditioning in there which helps to bring the temperature down a little.
To sum up the Gallery is an excellent night out for the proper clubber. It is London?s best alternative to the Midlands super clubs like Gatecrasher, Passion and Gods Kitchen. As their website states the Gallery is probably the friendliest club night of its kind and who am I to argue. It comes highly recommended by me.