The Best Places to Salsa Dance in London
Updated: Feb 4
Hailing originally from Latin America, salsa is an energetic form of dance that became popular across the world during the 1970s. Since the late 1990s and early 2000s, Salsa Bars and Nightclubs have opened across London, allowing salsa dance enthusiasts to show off their best moves. We profile our favourite places to salsa dance in London.
1. Distriandina The Colombian
London's most authentic Salsa Nightclub. Open since 2002, this converted Railway Arch in Elephant & Castle is the city's undisputed Salsa king. It's weekly "Salsa Sundays", or "Viejoteca Dominguera", attracts revelers from across the city to experience the Salsa, Bachata and Merengue rhythms of Colombia and Latin America. During its long history, the venue has hosted live musical events from numerous Salsa legends, most notably Nacho Sanabria back in 2012. This favourite of London's Latin American community is also notable for transforming itself into a popular Colombian Restaurant and Bakery during daytimes, making it no ordinary Salsa venue.
2. Salsa! Temple and Salsa! Charing Cross
These two venues, operated by the "Bar Salsa!" brand, are popular for Londoners looking to sample Salsa for the first time. Both located in central London, these Latin-inspired clubs are known for their elegant and sophisticated feel. Intricate lighting and delicious cocktails, these clubs attract diverse crowds of mixed ages and backgrounds, which makes them all the more fun!
3. La Pollera Colora
This long established Latin nightclub has recently seen an uptick in fortunes due to its presence in the heart of London Bridge, an area which has seen significant regeneration over the past decade. Situated next to The Shard, La Pollera Colora has 2 separate dance floors and a capacity of over 500 People. Numerous renovations have seen the club continuously adapt to its changing surroundings and is now able to regularly attract large crowds of diverse Londoners to experience Salsa, Merengue and Bachata with a modern-twist. La Pollera Colora has also caught onto London's burgeoning Reggaeton music scene, successfully sponsoring live performances from the likes of Daddy Yankee and Ozuna at the O2 Arena. However, at its heart, La Pollera remains a Salsa club, one which has established itself as one of the very best in the city.