New legislation threatens to turn streets into ‘large outside bars’ say West End community groups

New legislation making its way through Parliament this week could turn streets into "large outside bars" if it is not amended says the organisation representing community groups in London's West End. The Business and Planning Bill is being rushed through Parliament. The Business and Planning Bill includes a range of measures to help businesses recover …

Three venues in Fitzrovia seek late night licences

Entrance to bar.

Late night licence applications for three premises in Fitzrovia are currently being consulted upon by Camden Council. Owners of the Reverend JW Simpson in Goodge Street are seeking to vary their existing licence to serve alcohol until 2am on four nights a week. The application states: "The proposed variation is to extend the sale of …

Late hours cut for five star hotel in Berners Street

Front of hotel.

Westminster City Council has reduced the licensing hours of a five star hotel in Fitzrovia after receiving complaints about noise nuisance from the premises.   A review of the premises licence of The London Edition hotel, 10 Berners Street, was held on 17 September to consider an application submitted by a local resident on the grounds of the prevention …

Air quality and licensing under discussion at Bloomsbury community meeting

Smog over central London.

Camden Council's Bloomsbury ward Councillors are hosting a meeting to discuss air quality in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, and Camden’s Licensing Policy this Monday. Councillors Sabrina Francis, Adam Harrison, and Rishi Madlani invite Bloomsbury ward residents to views on the air quality problem, and how licensing policy could better address local concerns about the social impact of sales of alcohol. …

Westminster council dumps paper for digital in planning and licensing consultations

Westminster City Council is changing the way it consults on planning and licensing applications in a move towards paperless working. From 1 October 2015 the consultation period for planning applications will also be extended from 21 to 28 days. In an email to Westminster's amenity societies the council says it will change to a near paperless …

Licence review for five star hotel in Berners Street

Front of hotel.

An application has been made to Westminster City Council for a review of the premises licence of the five-star, 173 bedroom London Edition hotel in Berners Street. A notice posted outside the hotel in May says a review of the premises licence is brought under the grounds of the "prevention of public nuisance following issues …

A bigger late night club in Newman Street is not wanted

Shopfront.

An application to increase the capacity of a proposed private members club in Fitzrovia is meeting with strong opposition from residents, community groups and local councillors who say it will create a late-night noise nuisance. The application for the premises at 19 Newman Street will be discussed by a Westminster council licensing committee at City Hall this …

Is Newman Street Post Office being closed in favour of a beauty salon or private club?

Front of post office.

Fitzrovia is to lose another post office with the announcement that a branch at 19 Newman Street is to close and there are plans afoot to open a beauty salon or late night club on the site. A notice displayed at the sub post office states: "Following the resignation of the Postmaster and the withdrawal of …

Westminster council censures sports bar after complaints of noise nuisance

Front of building.

Westminster council has cut back the opening hours of a sports bar in Cleveland Street after examining complaints from residents about noise nuisance. The council's licensing sub-committee conducted a formal review of the premises licence of the JetLag Sports Bar in December. The committee concluded that while the premises was not badly run it did …

Licence for online alcohol sales from mini-cab premises refused

By News Reporters Westminster Council has refused an application for a licence to sell alcohol from the rear of a mini-cab office in Riding House Street. The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association and local residents had made objections to the application. The licensing sub-committee of 14 March heard that the applicant, who did not attend the hearing, …

I hope this club goes tits up before it gets its sex licence

By William Rider Sitting in the council chamber of Camden Town Hall I am struck by how similar the building is to the layout of the Spearmint Rhino Gentleman's Club in a basement on Tottenham Court Road. The Rhino as described in the licensing report is an establishment with a large open plan entertainment area …

Drinking in moderation in Fitzrovia’s well-loved pubs

A woman pulling a glass of beer.

Those miserablists at Westminster Council are at it again, or so it seems. Last year it was double yellow lines and stopping people driving their beloved cars into the West End and parking for free, this year it is stopping pubs using the streets as an extension of their licensed premises. It's easy to poke …

Lap-dancing club applying to open 24 hours everyday of the week

By Angela Lovely "Pole-dancing", "lap-dancing", "striptease" or "any entertainment of a like kind" says the licence application posted on the open door of Spearmint Rhino in Tottenham Court Road. I wonder what "any entertainment of a like kind" could be? It seems a very loose definition to appear on an application for a "new sex …

Change to way residents are consulted on licensing applications in Camden

By Linus Rees Camden Council is changing the way residents are consulted on licensing applications. From Thursday 28 April the council will no longer write to residents living near to premises where a licence application has been made. Residents will instead be expected to sign up to email or text alerts. Camden say they will …

Fitzrovia – Residents objections to Capricorn Club licence put to local councillors

By News Reporters Tonight Linus Rees, chair of Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, represented residents objections to a licence application by the Capricorn Club, Goodge Street. Mr Rees presented the views of Goodge Street residents to Adam Harrison, Bloomsbury Ward councillor. Goodge Street residents had asked to be represented on their behalf because they were unwilling to …