Last Days of Shoreditch

East London clubbing in the wanton noughties.

Insurance giant Aviva has purchased several large properties on east London's Hoxton Square, and plans to convert them all into offices. Some already are: a spokesperson told The Hackney Post: “When most people think of an insurance company they think about office space in the City, but we’re trying to be innovative and think about what customers are going to use on their mobile phone apps."

It's a far cry from the late noughties, when Shoreditch's appetite for self-destruction peaked in a fug of K, to a soundtrack of languorous minimal house. Is it acceptable to get nostalgic of a time less than a decade ago? We certainly did, looking at Nick Ensing's photos from the clubs of that time.

 Horse Meat Disco at Lovebox

Horse Meat Disco at Lovebox

 Fuse at 93 Feet East

Fuse at 93 Feet East

 Minimal Hospital and Zum at Corsica Studios

Minimal Hospital and Zum at Corsica Studios

 Family Affair at Platinum

Family Affair at Platinum

 Fuse at 93 Feet East

Fuse at 93 Feet East

 Horse Meat Disco at Lovebox

Horse Meat Disco at Lovebox

 Minimal Hospital and Zum at Corsica Studios

Minimal Hospital and Zum at Corsica Studios

 Minimal Hospital and Zum at Corsica Studios

Minimal Hospital and Zum at Corsica Studios

 Mulletover at Lovebox

Mulletover at Lovebox

 Retox at Sosho

Retox at Sosho

 Voices Collective at Plastic People

Voices Collective at Plastic People

Issue ThreeSteve Beale