Lovingly curated lineups.
State of the art sound and production.
The full spectrum of dance music culture.
From the first note to the last tune.
Just For You London
E1’s ethos is rooted in friendship, clandestine parties and the elements that make London’s club culture so dynamic: unwavering commitment to the music, resourcefulness, and the cultivation of community. For Londoners both national and international, temporary and permanent. E1’s founders instilled these core ideals inspired by their own experiences in London’s club scene.
The story of E1’s conception has parallels with the area's rich history of conflict and survival. Wapping is steeped in history. It was the site of bombings by German airships; The ‘Battle of Cable Street’ between the British Union of Fascists and a unified immigrant population. E1’s owners initially struggled to help reinvigorate Wapping’s nightlife, battling against the anxious preconceptions of local residents and decision makers in the council. They had their work cut out, as the site’s previous incarnations, Copyright and Mango’s, both faced difficulties with local authorities and residents leading to commercial failure. At this point the location (Pennington Street) was virtually desolate late at night, attracting antisocial behaviour, until the E1 team began working within the community to help improve the area.
For a few years the venue and its promoters relied on the notorious TEN (temporary event notice) license - which became pivotal to London’s early 2010s warehouse party culture, having been used by promoters across the city to hold “one-off” events.
In 2012 Studio Spaces was launched and a partnership with The Hydra was formed to deliver the night time music events. The first weekend proved to be a critical learning curve, Ostgut Ton hosted the first night with drum’n’bass outfit A Bunch Of Cuts bringing the heat the following evening. However, the air con failed, foam soundproofing malfunctioned and local residents protested outside the venue, memories of previous owners' attempts at a club space still present in their minds.
E1 has come a long way since these initial teething problems. By 2013, attempts to apply for a permanent late license were rejected but the owners kept the faith. The team continued to work hand in hand with the local council and licensing officers, and reached out to residents, to demonstrate that the venue was capable of revitalising the street and surrounding area.
Despite the obstacles, Studio Spaces and resident hosts, The Hydra and electric minds, held true to their original ethos. They collaborated with some of the most influential outfits in the electronic music world to deliver a successful series of temporary events, proving the venue's credentials as a reliable and safe operator to the local authorities. After another successful season in 2014, Studio Spaces returned to Tower Hamlets’ license committee and, with the police backing the venue’s operational record, procured several 24-hour licenses across multiple weekends.
Up to 2015, and solely through the use of temporary licenses, Studio Spaces welcomed Boiler Room, Queer party Blocheads, Junior Boys / Faith, Resident Advisor, Ninja Tune, Francois Kevorkian’s Deep Space, Feel My Bicep and more. Over the next few years Studio Spaces evolved and became fully established as a formidable new addition to London’s clubbing landscape.
In 2016 co-Founder Yuval formed a new business partnership and the plan to relaunch under the name ‘E1’ was born. The venue moved away from pop-up events and invested in a world class soundsystem, installed by long term partners Sound Services, featuring a bespoke Funktion-One system and each interior space optimised for a precise, powerful, full frequency range acoustic experience. In order to compete with the city’s larger clubs, the newly-christened E1 launched with a marathon 27-hour New Year’s party, with a lineup that included Âme, Kiasmos, Mano Le Tough, Ben Klock, Avalon Emerson and many more.
Since then E1 has gone from strength to strength, exemplified by a successful collaboration with Stormzy to host his Spotify album launch. In 2018 E1 hired Will Paterson to head up the venue's operations. With Will’s connections, the club welcomed a variety of new promotions outfits including Issa Vibe, DLT, Back To 95, LoveJuice, Black Codes, DnB Allstars, Lock N Load, and a range of shows with LWE.
Over the next two years E1 continued to broaden its scope, while holding true to its core ideals; celebrating the full spectrum of club culture. The long list of renowned brands and artists that have appeared at the venue includes, Defected Records, Pride Weekend, London institutions Butterz, Solid Grooves, Fuse and iconic old school jungle rave promoters Roast alongside headline shows from Fisher, Juan Atkins, My Nu Leng, Heartless Crew, Ellen Allien, Adriatique and Solardo. Even Idris Elba and Kylie Minogue have appeared at E1, the latter utilising the club’s Warehouse room to host the filming of her edition of the Late Show.
By 2020, in the midst of a global shutdown, E1 opened a Covid compliant outdoor bar and food court, Site 5. The club also successfully applied for an Arts Council Covid recovery grant - a major moment of recognition for the club, being acknowledged as a valuable cultural hub - which was followed by a second successful application in 2021. That summer, Dolan Bergin rejoined to head up the creative/bookings team after spending three years with The Hydra at Printworks.
Post-pandemic, E1 envisions a return driven by the same vital force that sustained it through those periods of difficulty in the previous decade. And here we are… Our pandemic-forced period of absence has, at the very least, allowed us to reflect on years of experience to bring you a revitalised venue that offers experiences that only London can; with communities that only London could have; for a multicultural audience that only London has.
E1 lives and breathes a new understanding about what the club landscape needs. We are ready to push forward to develop the future of the clubbing experience, through forward-thinking, diverse event programming and creative direction. From this point on, E1 is just for you London.
Words by Marcus Barnes