Ministry is still one of the best-known clubs in the world, and should continue to be so for many years to come now that it has been saved from closure. A few months ago there was the danger that a new development of flats near the iconic club could threaten its very being, but fortunately that's now all resolved.
Ministry, of course, opened in 1991 “to create London's version of Paradise Garage NYC”.
With its amazing soundsystem, from the off it helped cement international house music in the UK's consciousness by flying over all the big American house DJs of the time.
It soon began launching dance compilation series, and started scoring chart hits on in-house labels like Rulin' and Data. Ministry has had a wee makeover recently, with a new outside bar in the courtyard and a spruce-up of the VIP, and continues to host a plethora of international DJs and top nights — including, as of next month, the quarterly DJ Mag Sessions.
Andy C, Basement Jaxx, Bob Sinclar, Dennis Ferrer, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Frankie Knuckles, Kaskade, Laidback Luke, Sasha, Todd Terry and Paul Woolford are just a few of the DJs they've hosted — or are about to host — recently.