Ever since Studio 338 suffered hefty fire damage last August, London has been missing a link in its clubbing chain. Not only did the blaze destroy the interior, ruining a recent renovation, it sadly took the life of a treasured staff member. Events were put on hold just as the venue's reputation was rising to the top of LDN nightlife.
Studio 338 has amassed a doting crowd since opening in 2014. No doubt due to its Ibiza-inspired, 3000-capacity terrace that’s hosted household names during parties curated by the likes of Half Baked, elrow and Cocoon. New venues in the capital have popped up since the fire, including sister club The Bridge and Printworks, but Studio 338 ticked a different box compared to its counterparts.
After promising it would be back, Studio 338 re-emerges 10 months on with a series of daytime parties at its new Garden. 338 christened the outdoor space over the weekend with a secret line-up, and we headed down on Saturday afternoon to join those out in force to welcome the club’s reopening.
Making up for lost time, a whole troop come out early on in support and to enjoy the favourable weather. Faux blossom and palm trees are dotted about, in contrast to the 360 degree views of industrial units, including a gasholder, next door.
Getting the club back has taken a lot of work by the dedicated team. Right now, the main club space resembles a building site, while the terrace is a charred shell. If all goes to plan, the inside could return to its former glory by the end of the year. For now, be prepared for lengthy portaloo queues and a stripped-back production level, leaving the music to do the talking.
Here are seven tracks that reunited Studio 338 with its patrons.
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