It might be hard to believe it in the age of The Warehouse Project, fluorescent wristbands and WKD wingmen, but nightclubs in this country haven't always been gleaming cathedrals of youth culture, packed to the sprinklers with hordes of young people having the best night of their lives, as the world's biggest DJs earn more for a b2b set than the rest of us make in a month. They were often grim, seedy places with reputations for casual violence , low-level gangsterism, carpeted dancefloors and playboy promoters wearing suits at the dance. Think of the bar where Trigger and Del Boy do their " play it cool " routine, then add guns, speed garage and fag stains and you've basically got the vibe. Nowadays, most big clubs look like playgrounds for young adults; full of happy, pouting people in baseball caps and white tees. Back then, they looked like what they were: iniquitous dens of silk, sweat, perfume, blood and Hooch. Even the bouncers had gold teeth, Valentinos and dreads.
24 things you’ll only know if you grew up in Enfield
24 things you'll only know if you grew up in Enfield
Log in or Sign up. I remember the excitement when Eros opened I grew up in Enfield - luckily the opportunity to visit never quite arose. There was also the Manhattan by the North Circ at Palmers Green - again, never went there, but will never forget overhearing a conversation on the W9 bus between two girls about the immense violence they had threatened to carry out against some other girl in the loos there. Cloo , Oct 10,
Mapping the Terrible Lost Nightclubs of London
Famous for its poltergeist, Enfield had a lot more going for it! Here are a few things you'll only know if you grew up in Enfield and we're pretty proud of it Growing up, if you had any body piercings, you always had them done at G Mantella in Enfield Town. In your teens you always shopped in Krisp or River Island.