London is renowned for its exclusive nightlife, where the locals of Mayfair call themselves “Aristokrat” and charge a hefty fee for a double vodka blender. But getting into the club of your choice in the city can be a challenge, especially if you're a boy. To make sure you don't get turned away at the door, it's important to know the dress code rules of the club you want to attend. The formal dress code is the strictest dress code imposed by clubs in London.
Most clubs expect you to dress to impress and look as beautiful as possible. The secret is to stand out from the crowd and make a good impression on the door staff. As for the rest of the club, elegant casual attire is expected. Jeans, shorts, short-sleeved shirts (including polos*), or sportswear are not allowed.
Forty clubs in central London have specific door requirements (most of which consist of not wearing sportswear and wearing elegant casual clothes), while 13 venues in Glasgow, 12 in Birmingham and eight in Cardiff also refuse entry if you are wearing sneakers or a tracksuit. Similarly to how middle-class snobs viewed the tracksuit as a symbol of anarchy in the 2000s, many of Liverpool's clubs consider this semi-luxurious attire to be the new uniform of anarchy. Although there are general rules that apply to most clubs, each one has its own peculiar criteria. Therefore, it is recommended that you check the dress code rules of the club you want to go to before attending. With this guide, you'll be able to make sure you look your best and get into any club in London.