The Hydra

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Photography: Daddy’s got Sweets

Part photo studio, part magic ravey warehouse: London’s New best night out

In Greek mythology the Hydra is a many-headed beast; in the UK it’s also a forward-thinking London music venue, armed instead with wide-ranging nights. The programme of events during the autumn-winter season unites leading local and international DJs and producers in what is by day a photographic studio in Wapping.

“The Hydra used to be nomadic, but we’re finally settled here,” says director Ajay Jayaram. “One room’s polished, the other’s a more ravey warehouse. There’s a magic to it, thanks to the all-encompassing sound and the artists we invite.

They’re producing cutting-edge music, which is what we’re all about.” Clubbers here have many musical heads. “I want to cultivate a crowd that mirrors our eclectic choices,” says Jayaram. “People into house or techno, but who also get down to drum ’n’ bass and hip-hop. A true Hydra crowd.”

The Hydra
Studio Spaces E1
110 Pennington Street
London, E1W 2BB

“The Hydra used to be nomadic, but we’re finally settled here.”
Ajay Jayaram

NIGHT OWL

Tristan Parker is a music and nightlife writer for Time Out London

The Hydra

Drink

“Indo in Whitechapel is a cosy but cool pub that does great pizza and European beers. My favourite is the Hopf Helle Weiße, a zingy wheat beer that sets you up for a long night of dancing.”

Dance

“On November 22, there’s a night at The Hydra I can’t wait for: two of my favourite record labels, Leisure System from Berlin and Houndstooth from London, going head to head.”

Chill

“For post-club vibes, try the new Caribou album, Our Love, It’s got a sunny, psychedelic feel to it, with a bit of woozy R&B too. Perfect after-hours on the dancefloor.”

 

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