Dark techno pulses out from behind closed doors in a north London warehouse space, thumping at the walls and ceiling like God himself is pumping His fist to the beat. In the corridor just outside, people queue for the cloakroom to hand over their clothes. Coats first — then trousers, tops, bags and anything else that might get in the way. A few people disappear around a thick black curtain to get changed, but everyone is encouraged to turn up already wearing their outfits, paying heed to the strict dress code: "leather, latex, rubber, metal, nylon, lace, drag, chains, studs and naked skin". After removing everything except some PVC shorts, a guy in front of me bends down to stuff money into one of his cowboy boots and heads inside. It's barely midnight at Verboto, Klub Verboten 's monthly play party, and things are already in full swing.
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The club started in and is now Europe's largest fetish club. Initially threatened with closure by the police,  it is now described as "legendary" and "a capital institution" by Time Out magazine. The co-founder of TG described the experience as "like entering a scene from a movie", and said that "we are basically about the celebration of sexuality and fantasy in a safe environment". An academic study of blood rituals noted that "The concept of Torture Garden may initially be difficult to accept, as it encompasses the most extreme manifestations of body piercing, mutilation, and ritual uses of blood in Western culture" and that the Torture Garden manifesto "clearly demonstrates the anomalous nature of fetish clubs". TG has hosted club nights in several other cities and countries, including Edinburgh  Russia, Greece and Japan, and it also runs a Fetish fashion label.
Welcome to the Sanctum…
Events Attract — people monthly to various London venues, with occasional International tour events all around the World. Together they were bored with the existing retro alternative clubs and suburban style fetish clubs. There was no other crowd and club in the world like it! In May David left the club to move to New York, but remains involved with archive projects having been the creative director of the company for nearly 3 decades.