Ministry of Sound, Elephant and Castle
Its history Once a disused bus depot, it's now arguably the world's most famous nightclub. It has four bars, four DJ booths and four dancefloors — and a thumping sound system.
The threat A proposed residential development opposite is threatening the Ministry's future. If residents complain about noise the venue could lose its entertainment licence.
Save our club The Ministry ran a petition opposing the plans, which gained more than 11,000 signatures. Decision pending. ministryofsound.com
The Torriano Bar, Kentish Town
Its history Like bees to a honeypot, musicians and comedians flock to The Torriano Bar's retro-cool couches. It's also a community hub: walk in on your own and walk out with a pal.
The threat The landlord is refusing to renew the tenants' lease in the hope the property can be developed into a flat.
Save our club Pete Doherty and American musician Peter Wolf, among others, have contributed to Raise the Bar, an album to generate funds to save the venue. raisethebarrecords.com
Wilton's Music Hall, East London
Its history The grandfather of music halls, Wilton's has been putting on gigs by a huge mix of artists since 1858.
The threat Its application for Heritage Lottery funding was rejected again this year. And crucial architectural repair work, costing £3.8m, is needed.
Save our club When its Heritage Lottery bid was rejected, a campaign to save the venue led to donations of more than £20,000. Although safe in the short term, Wilton's is likely to be short of cash again by winter. justgiving.com/wiltons/donate
Electric Ballroom, Camden town
Its history A jewel in Camden's crown, the Electric Ballroom, formerly Irish dance hall the Buffalo Club, has been lighting up London since 1938. Home to punks and rockabillies and a former rehearsal space for Led Zeppelin, the ballroom has seen it all.
The threat In the past, proposed developments of Camden Town tube station have threatened to turn the Electric Ballroom into an office block. Huge local support scuppered the plans.
Save our club There's pressure to ease congestion around the tube station so locals and music fans may need to brace themselves for another battle. electricballroom.co.uk
AND BACK FROM THE BRINK:
100 Club Oxford Street's 100 Club hosted Noel and Liam Gallagher's West End debut and launched the career of the Sex Pistols, but faced closure due to rapidly rising overheads.
Saved by A host of stars played benefit gigs, and 19,000 fans pledged support on Facebook, before shoe brand Converse signed a sponsorship deal to secure the venue's future.
Plastic People Dubstep, DJs and hip-hop are the orders of the day at this east London joint, which was threatened with closure last year with police citing crime and disorder.
Saved by After a six-week closure and 15,000 supporters on Facebook, Plastic People opened to hordes of revellers.