A club known for its variety of events and Soundsystem
Ministry of Sound opened its doors back in September 1991 and is one of the most iconic nightclubs in the world, renowned for its outstanding Soundsystem and state-of-the-art lighting.
I have been to Ministry many many times and decided it was time for a review.
I visited recently for a day party event which was running from 2pm until midnight. I got to the club around 4pm with the entrance located on Gaunt Street, a 5 minute walk from Elephant & Castle tube station.
The entrance is always set out with separate queues; VIP, guestlist and tickets. Once we arrived at the front of the queue, we had to show ID and then go through metal detectors and have a search.
We entered the 103 room, which looks to be the main room, after a short walk via the main corridor, past the cloakroom. However, The Box, which is to the left after entering this room through another small corridor, functions as the main room.
If you didn’t know, the club features four rooms: The Box, 103, Baby Box, and The Loft, with the outside area used for events on occasion.
After entering the 103 room which has the main bar, it was time to get some drinks. The bar was well-stocked and they have drink deals which flash up on the screens behind the bar so keep an eye out. I always opt for a premium vodka and lemonade which was around £15.00 for a double – A typical price in London these days. (Cash and cards are accepted)
It was now time to proceed to my favourite room, The Box, where I have spent many enjoyable nights dancing. As we walked in, we found a spot right next to the speakers, which were bouncing from the music.
If you haven’t been to Ministry yet, then let me tell me you about the Soundsystem set-up; The club has a 64-speaker, 22-channel sound-system, whilst 6 bespoke Martin Audio ground stacks are positioned around the dancefloor.
The room was filling up nicely and the tunes were pounding but I decided I needed to take a peek at the other rooms and the outdoor setup. The first stop was outside because it was a really warm day in London, and I really liked that they had opened the bar up and had a food truck, but I was disappointed that they didn’t have a DJ out there as it was much busier outside than inside due to the good weather.
After spending some time outside, I decided to go to the loft, which is located upstairs in the 103 room. The loft is small and intimate, with its own bar but it was super busy and only had two staff members, so the wait for drinks was extremely long – it was easier going back downstairs to the main bar.
The loft had a great atmosphere, the tunes were good, and the air conditioning was on point, but the long wait at the bar was too much, so it was back downstairs.
Before it was time to dance again, it was a quick toilet stop (located in the 103 room at each end). The toilets are big, plenty of cubicles and are always clean so I have never had any issues plus lots of mirror space.
The club also has a smoking area with plenty of benches to take a seat.
Overall, a good day/night at Ministry. The event I attended was a nice mixed crowd, the music was great, the DJs all did well to keep the crowd wanting more and the vibes were perfect.
Venue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars | Security: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars
Soundsystem: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars | Bar: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars
Toilets: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
Overall – 4.0 out of 5.0 stars
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