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 the late John Newman, the father of DJ Tall Paul.

List of Clubs hosted by Turnmills
Friday Nights
  • The Gallery (In-house event)
Saturday Nights
  • Heavenly Social
  • Trade (1990 - 2002 weekly - actually opened 4am Sunday Mornings)
  • Together
  • Smartie Partie (2003- March 2008) Monthly Resident. Known for their consistancy & 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.
Sunday Nights
  • FF (1989–1996)
  • Warriors (1996–1998)
  • Melt
The Gallery

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.

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

Closure as a nightclub venue

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.


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