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Outside Turnmills Jan 2008.JPG
Turnmills January 2008
Location Clerkenwell, London
Owner Danny Newman
Capacity 1,000+

Turnmills was a London nightclub on the corner of Turnmill Street and Clerkenwell Road in the London Borough of Islington. It closed on the morning of 24 March 2008.

The club was the first to obtain a 24-hour dance licence in the UK spearheading the move to all night clubbing in the 1990s. It was the home of Trade, the first after hours club in Britain and was owned by John Newman, the father of DJ Tall Paul.

On 15 June 2015 the building reopened as an office block - Starcom MediaVest Group relocated from Fitzrovia, with the new address 63 Turnmill St, London, EC1M 5RR.[1]

List of Clubs hosted by Turnmills[edit]

Friday Nights[edit]

  • The Gallery (In-house event)

Saturday Nights[edit]

  • Heavenly Social
  • Trade (1990 - 2002 weekly - actually opened 4am Sunday Mornings): Original DJ's were Martin Confusion, Daz Saund, Trevor Rockcliffe, Dave Randall, Smokin Jo, Malcom Duffy, Tony De Vit, Ian M, Steve Thomas, Alan Thompson, Tall Paul and Pete Wardman later Gonzalo, Ziad Fergie and Fat Tony
  • Together
  • Smartie Partie (2003- March 2008) Monthly Resident. Known for their consistency & played all styles of House.
  • City Loud (3rd Saturday of each month) - Resident CJ Mackintosh played host to Frankie Knuckles, Joey Negro, Sandy Rivera and more.
  • Release Yourself (various parties throughout 2002 until 2007) - Roger Sanchez hosted his epic 10-hour journey through Deep, Tribal and Tech-House music.
  • Elements (2001) Resident Red Jerry

Sunday Nights[edit]

  • FF (1989–1996): Notorious night with original DJs: Blu Peter and Mrs Wood.
  • Warriors (1996–1997) Hard House Techno Club run by Buffalo. DJs: Dr Mu, Wayne G, Karrim and RR Fierce.
  • Melt (1997 - 1999) Techno, Nu-Nrg Club with Blu Peter, Mrs Wood, Sal, Jon The Dentist, EJ Doubell, Graham D, as residents and all star guest DJs such as Billy Nasty, Dave Clarke, Paul van Dyk, Tasha Killer Pussies, Sven Vath to name just a few.
  • Habit (2000 - 2001)

Monday Nights[edit]

The Gallery[edit]

The club also hosted 'The Gallery' on Friday nights, which attracted the biggest names in progressive house, trance and techno, such as Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Corsten and Judge Jules. Residents included DJ Tall Paul, Sister Bliss and Hernan Cattaneo.

Judge Jules at 'The Gallery'. Turnmills - Friday 22 September 2006.

The video for Camisra's Let Me Show You was filmed on a Gallery Night in 1997.[2]

Since Turnmill's closure, The Gallery has made a successful move to Ministry of Sound, in Elephant & Castle.

Turnmills Laser Light Show - 6 May 2006.

Closure as a nightclub venue[edit]

On 24 January 2008, Turnmills formally announced its closure as a clubbing venue on 23 March 2008. This is due to the expiry of the lease on the building.[3][4] The building was eventually demolished to make way for a new office building despite objections [5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/news/1302318/
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/comment?lc=FhwP1NInnd5rTsN9pbKK8ftS5fMvQT-uVKE6Eoc3F8s.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  3. ^ "OFFICIAL STATEMENT - Turnmills Farewell". Don't Stay In. 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Turnmills to become an office block". Evening Standard. 2007-12-28. 
  5. ^ "World famous Turnmills venue in Clerkenwell to be demolished". Islington Gazette. 2011-09-06. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 

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Coordinates: 51°31′19.38″N 00°06′21.24″W / 51.5220500°N 0.1059000°W / 51.5220500; -0.1059000