Very Now in 2011 (and 2012) (and 2013) (and 2014) (and 2015)
A disco/art/fashion-minded, zero-decor basement club on the border of Hackney/Dalston and Stoke Newington, its mystique enhanced by semi-regular hot and sweaty dance nights such as Dirtbox (moustaches, moist cracks, 80s electro/synthpop, italo disco, house and newer pop, every six or eight weeks). This is an intimate space with a small but buzzy dance area; it feels a bit like someone's living room, but with a DJ. VFD owner and fashion/costume designer Lyall Hakaraia lives close by with an eye on the festivities: "We're a roleplay pitstop; a Haberdashery Hacienda by day, by night a cultural Helter Skelter, showcasing the creative hub of East London with the very best in music, performance and mayhem." VFD is drag- and transgender-friendly, and compatible with its more high-octane neighbour Dalston Superstore [see entry], just a few minutes' walk away, among the area's many Turkish food outlets. Check website for its twisted spectrum of themes and audiences. Started in 2011 as Vogue Fabrics, and in the summer of 2015 changed its name to VFD (Vogue Fabrics Dalston). Warning: it's kinda difficult to spot. Overground stations: Dalston Kingsland [formerly called North London Line] and Dalston Junction [modern extenstion of what used to be called East London Line].