Licensing victory for London LGBTQ bar

Posted in Licensing | February 10, 2017 | by Dadds LLP Solicitors

A new gay club in London has been given the go ahead to open with a 5am licence despite initial objections by the council’s licensing authority.

Lambeth Council typically has an ‘Hours Policy’ which prevents new nightclubs from opening later than 2am but the council made an exception for new Vauxhall club Bloc South given its individual circumstances and local support.

Nearly half of all LGBTQ clubs in London have closed since 2007. Lord Brian Paddick, the former Police Borough Commander of Lambeth, supported the club's application, writing:
'The sub-committee will be aware of trends in the LGBTQ community in recent years including the closing of many LGBTQ venues in London in general and south London in particular.

There has also been a move to arranging to meet people online with the inherent dangers associated with not meeting in a neutral location first. In my opinion, there is a real need for "safe spaces" for members of the LGBTQ community to meet and socialise.'

The new Vauxhall club is due to open in March.

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