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An Oral History Of London's After-Hours Institution, Trade


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In the early ’90s, London club Trade was unlike any other venue at the time. It opened at 4 AM when all other clubs were closing, and its often-harsh door policy contributed to its legendary status. It was run by Laurence Malice for 25 years, with its final closing party held in 2015. “I’ve seen clubbers chatting up cigarette machines,” said the club’s night manager of its enduring legacy. “There was one person who was riding an imaginary motor bike around the dance floor, doing imaginary wheelies and emergency stops, convinced he was riding on a BMX track!”

Read an oral history of Trade’s key figures on The Ransom Note.