Venue Guide: Ministry Of Sound

Undoubtedly one of the best nightclubs in Europe. There's loads of rooms and loads of fun to be had. Check it.

Ministry of Sound Group is a multimedia entertainment business based in London with a nightclub, worldwide events operation, music publishing business and fitness studio.

Ministry of Sound in London operates weekly club nights. Fridays feature Lock n Load’s Trance music night The Gallery. Saturdays host a number of club nights, which can see a range of performers from many genres take to one of the three stages. However, it’s a safe bet that someone will be pumping House music all night long every single Saturday.

Address: 103 Gaunt St, London SE1 6DP

Telephone Number: 020 7740 8600

Brief History

Ministry of Sound began as the idea of Justin Berkmann. Inspired by New York’s Paradise Garage, Berkmann set out to create London’s first club devoted to the American house music scenes of 1980s New York City, Chicago and Detroit. Berkmann stated: “My concept for Ministry was purely this: 100% sound system first, lights second, design third (in that order); the reverse of everyone else’s idea.”

The club opened on 21 September 1991 and has remained in its current Elephant & Castle location ever since. With opening sets from American house DJs Larry Levan, David Morales, Roger Sanchez and Tony Humphries, Ministry of Sound grew as a clubbing venue. It now attracts around 300,000 clubbers per year. 

How many people does it hold?


Who has played there?

Adam Beyer, Calvin Harris, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Marshmello, Pete Tong and so much more world-class DJs.

Fun facts

 – CJ Mackintosh played the longest ever set at Ministry of Sound in 1991, totalling 12 and a half hours.

 – The venue used to be a bus depot, a banana warehouse and a shoe factory before it became a nightclub.

 – Metallica have played in the main room, as have Pulp and The Prodigy, who headlined the premiere party for the film ‘Pulp Fiction’

 – The strangest items handed into lost property include; a hamster, homemade cheese and onion sandwiches, a wooden leg and a plane ticket to Mozambique.

– It once took staff five hours to get rid of a dancing straggler – he kept jumping over the fence to dance in the courtyard.

 – The main room has 84 speakers.

Have there been any “I was there” moments? 

Tommy Lee from Mötley Crüe ended up dancing on a speaker during Dave Seaman’s set at the club in August 1995 … what a time to be alive.


Ministry of Sound ranked number six in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 Clubs in the world poll. It has also won the IDMA ‘World’s Best Sound System’ award four years in a row – every year they ran the category.

How do I get there?

Train: The club is situated behind the university exit of Elephant & Castle tube station. This can be reached by the Northern and Bakerloo lines. We can also be reached by National Rail. Turn left out of the university exit of the station and take the second left to Gaunt Street. If in doubt, follow the music!

Bus: If you’re travelling by bus we can be reached by many routes. Have a look at TfL for further details.


Where should I eat?

There are all the classics close by i.e Nando’s, Wetherspoon’s etc. Tiny Leaf London is close by for all you vegans and veggies out there.

Dim Sum specialists Dragon Castle are also just around the corner.


Where can I stay?

Air BnB for the win!

Ticketweb Tips: 

Ministry of Sound is the first nightclub in the World to be kitted out with Dolby’s Atmos sound system, plus the club also now boasts a 64-speaker, 22-channel sound system. Stand directly in the middle of the Box to experience the best sound quality on Earth.

© Photography by Ollie Simcock for Here & Now (www.fb.com/wearehereandnow)

Where can you carry on the party?

Ministry Of Sound is an all-night long kinda deal … no better place to be after 11pm.

Grab tickets for shows at Ministry Of Sound here: ticketweb.co.uk/ministryof sound

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