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A Beginner’s Guide to Fetish Clubs

For those who are not familiar with the scene, the idea of visiting a fetish club can be both exciting and intimidating. This guide gives you a guide to the best clubs to try for those who are new to the scene, or just want a night out with a difference- and those to try if you decide the fetish scene is the place for you…

Festival of Sins at the Purple Turtle

Describing itself as an ‘alternative/Fetish club’, Festival of Sins is held bi-monthly at the Purple Turtle in Camden.

New to the fetish scene, Festival of Sins is developing a reputation for being a fun, friendly club that does not hold some of the pretentiousness of some of the more established events.

A good place to start for those who aren’t ready to be thrown head first into a world of dungeons and full frontal nudity, Festival of Sins doesn’t have the strict dress code that is ubiquitous to the fetish scene. Whilst latex is welcomed, other fabrics are also accepted and creativity of costume is encouraged. These looser rules mean the crowds are often more flamboyant and this is also often appreciated by those men less keen on dressing in something shiny and skin tight.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that this less fetish orientated dress code does mean that no nudity is accepted within the venue.

Though some may argue that Festival of Sins can’t quite be classed as a fetish club, it is a fun and friendly night out where you can experiment with dressing up and see some of the characters who frequent the scene. As well as music, costumes and dancing, the club also hosts performances, from burlesque dancers, cabaret performers and fetish fashion shows.

Find out more at www.festivalofsins.co.uk

Club AntiChrist

Held in the largest fetish club venue in London, Club AntiChrist has a number of dance floors playing mostly alternative and industrial metal music, large chill out rooms, dungeons, and couples rooms for ‘play’, where tissues, condoms and sweets are all provided free of charge.

As well as being the London’s largest fetish club, it is also one of its heaviest and not necessarily recommended for beginners. Part of the clubs popularity stems from its pride in segregating itself from what it refers to as ‘fetish-lite’ clubs.

It has a proud no censorship policy, as well as a strictly enforced dress code. Nudity is accepted, suits and lingerie are not. Though masturbation is banned, if you are not comfortable with nudity and the possibility of being exposed to sexual intercourse in the playrooms and dungeons, this may not be the club for you. If, however, you are tired of mainstream clubs that are more fashion that fetish, AntiChrist is worth a visit.

Visit www.clubantichrist.com for more information.

Torture Garden

The biggest name in fetish is undoubtedly the Torture Garden, and not without good reason. One of the worlds most famous fetish clubs, it regularly puts on fashion shows, performances and live music. The venue is always large to fit the demand and is always decorated to fit the theme of that month’s event. The creatively decorated rooms are worth seeing in themselves, as well as some of the extravagant and decadent costumes that it inspires, with themed rooms that include a more relaxed burlesque themed lounge area where clubbers to chat or dance to lounge singers and swing bands.

Though it also sports a dungeon and couples room, they are both closely monitored and kept away from the dance floors, which play predominantly industrial and heavy dance music. Though there are chill out rooms, they are often over crowded and there is limited space to sit and chat.

Torture Garden has a mix of the elements of heavy fetish clubs, with its full nudity, playrooms and loyal crowd gathered from its long established involvement in the fetish scene. However, it is also a great place for beginners, with hundreds of newcomers each month and relaxed club atmosphere. Its size and popularity means it is less intimidating than many of the more niche clubs- and although there is a dress code, its leanings towards the mainstream is evident in some of the clubbers in lingerie and vintage suits that get in unquestioned.

For those who cannot travel to London, it has a variety of splinter clubs around the country including Torture Garden Brighton and Torture Garden Edinburgh.

Check out www.torturegarden.com for your nearest club night.

Club RUB

Similar to the Torture Garden in its atmosphere and reputation as one of London’s most established fetish clubs, Club RUB is a classic club and draws in many of the scene’s regulars and patrons. CLUB RUB would be a good place for clubbers who want an authentic experience of the scene in a welcoming atmosphere that is renowned for its friendliness.

Each event has a specific theme, from Twins, to Military and clubbers are encouraged to dress accordingly- though all fetish wear is accepted, and, as usual, street wear is not.

Facilities include a dungeon with sling, Harem Den, and unlike many other of the more popular clubs, plenty of seating.

Go to the events gallery on Club RUB’s beautifully laid out website for an idea of its visitors and vibe.

www.clubrub.com

Pedestal

Pedestal is a fetish club with a difference, geared specifically at the niche market of dominant women and submissive men. I would only recommend this club to women in want of worship and men who want to worship and be dominated by the female clientele.

Single men are welcome, and are expected to dress as slaves. However, this is relaxed, and black shorts and a collar are acceptable- collars can be bought at the door.

The whole concept of Pedestal revolves around its theme, so do not go if you are not willing to get down on your knees and worship, or if, as a female guest, you are put off by the often unwarranted cloying male attention received in these clubs.

This is one of the scenes more genuine clubs, were you can really see the workings of the fetish scene. This club is a more serious event that focuses on the fetish over the fashion or dancing and is well equipped for its needs, with House Subs circulating to give foot massages, hand out free canapés and shining shoes. There is also dungeon equipment and a tantric massage room.

A must see for dominant women and submissive men, but not advised for first-time fetishists…

Tips for first time clubbers

Be open minded.

The fetish clubbing scene thrives on its relaxed and open atmosphere. Embrace this, and you will have a lot more fun!

Know your rights.

There is a difference between being relaxed and being taken advantage of. Most clubbers don’t mean to offend with their ‘hands on’ attitude, but know the difference between a slap on the bum and a grope. Know what your boundaries are, and if you feel at all uncomfortable, say so.

Don’t drink too much

Particularly for women, I would advise staying sober enough to keep your wits about you, and not have your logic impaired. Though most of the guests are friendly and respectful, some may not know when they are going too far, so always stay sober enough to be aware of everyone’s intentions.

Dress up!!

The more you put in, the more you get out!

Take it slow

If you are new to the scene, ease yourself in gently. Try one of the bigger clubs. Avoid the dungeon areas and play rooms until you understand the scene and know what your limitations are.

Socialise.

The best part of the fetish scene is its participants. Friendlier than the average London Club, make the most of this to meet some of the scene’s great characters for an undoubtably more enjoyable experience.

Have fun…

Relax, explore, dress up and enjoy!

Gallery

Special thanks to Chris Ayres and Josselin Guichard for the images.

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35 Responses to “A Beginner’s Guide to Fetish Clubs”
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  • Paradisaea Decora says:

    Like this article a lot. Well written and definitely good advice for a first timer in my opinion. Nice!

    January 21, 2010 at 01:39

  • Stephanie Carmichael
    Stephanie Carmichael says:

    Very enlightening article! My life feels strangely incomplete now …

    January 21, 2010 at 02:37

  • Mark Dryden
    Mark Dryden says:

    I love the fact that such a thriving and vibrant scene exists! Personally, I can’t tell whether its my kind of thing though, but as a yardstick I still get embarassed saying that my Auntie lives in Cockermouth.

    Oh, ‘Club AntiChrist’ has free tissues, condoms and sweets! Awesome, not enough clubs have free sweets :)

    January 22, 2010 at 14:58 OneMetal Team Member


  • MistressDidi says:

    Very nicely done! Good advice and a truly good read! Thanx!

    January 25, 2010 at 22:50

  • David Cox
    David Cox says:

    A riveting read and an interesting insight to what lies beneath the veneer of such places. Excellent feature!

    February 4, 2010 at 01:18 OneMetal Team Member


  • john says:

    hello I would love to experience a fetish club even if its only once in my life but have no idear were to start I have no cloths or were to get them and the cost ???.
    I dont know anyone how is into this so can I go on my own or do you think that will be to much.
    Is there a groups you can join to go with just to try out.

    December 16, 2010 at 00:54


  • tabatha says:

    if there isnt john, maybe we should start one, you asked all the questions i was going to!

    March 23, 2011 at 22:32


  • rupert says:

    John and Tabatha,
    I’d join! I’m desperate to get into the scene, but am too nervous to go alone. I even have my outfit planned! How sad, eh? Keep me company?

    January 3, 2012 at 18:43


  • Grave Flower says:

    I wish there was a fetish club in NC… There isn’t anything that I can find find, other than the Dirge that used to occur,but I think it’s only a once in a blue moon kind of thing

    January 30, 2012 at 03:34


  • stuart says:

    wish the was a fetish club near me nemesis must have shut down ,me and my girl cant find it on the industrial est, anyone know if the is one near leeds.

    March 29, 2012 at 20:34


  • Sjacketfanatic says:

    Granted I’m not terribly new to the bondage scene, I am going out in public about it at last. I only had a rough idea about fetish clubs until I read this article. I mainly wanted to be sure my outfit would be acceptable there cause I planned on wearing my lip service straitjacket. Still unsure if having it secured is allowed on the floor or if that’s restricted to just the dungeons. Guess ill just keep searching around to find my answers.

    August 29, 2012 at 18:51


  • Chloe says:

    I found this article while looking for other things to do with fetishes and will admit that it was enlightening. I just may try a fetish club instead of a regular nightclub next time. Kisses to all fellow fetishists out there. ;)

    September 18, 2012 at 19:45


  • Will says:

    This is a great article; have been gathering a few friend’s thoughts and this article helps out no end, thanks! I have been curious for a long while in this whole scene, as I know many of my friends go to TG for example and not just the usual and sometimes mundane clubbing spots around London that we all go to. Again I wouldn’t know where to begin with clothes etc and going as a singleton makes me perhaps a little apprehensive but am eager and also lots of research at the moment; keeping my interest up. Hopefully one day soon I’ll go along to one and find out what it’s all about!

    October 8, 2012 at 23:29


  • cheekimee says:

    ive never been to one tbh but im intreaged i love the costumes for bot m/f and am tbi.ki. bout ezplori.g my horizons my partner will be a first timer also…. how is the club ro newcomers ?

    October 23, 2012 at 18:13


  • Steve and Chloe says:

    Hi we are both new to this and it’s nice to know people are also as nervous as us? Can any body offer advice and has anybody been to the sheffield clubs thanks

    December 13, 2012 at 16:37


  • Deborah says:

    I found the site very interesting as I’m completley new to this wish there was a club in my area but don’t think there is thanks for the website

    December 21, 2012 at 11:02


  • Miss Serafina says:

    Nicely written and very informative. x

    December 30, 2012 at 16:16


  • Tracy says:

    Great info thanks I will be going to one soon just hope my boy friend is up for it x

    January 4, 2013 at 20:36


  • john j says:

    Well a very good read also all the other remarks It would appear that I am like most other people, my intrest is in rubber and I find that
    where I live, a remote part of the uk there is no club, untill now I was thinking it was me which was the odd one out.
    I have never found anybody to share my intrest or to be a partner to me.
    I live in hope that one day it will happen, good luck to all

    January 27, 2013 at 17:51


  • Isabella says:

    Hi, great article but only reviews London clubs. Dose anyone know of any in Edinburgh or Glasgow apart from Torture Garden?

    I’ve been searching but can’t find any!

    January 30, 2013 at 11:10