London strip clubs enjoy boom in ‘new era of big money,’ says Stringfellow.

London strip clubs enjoy boom in ‘new era of big money,’ says Stringfellow.

The city is back and spending big money in London Strip Clubs to celebrate a new glut of deal making this year, declared Peter Stringfellow-the owner of the eponymous Stringfellows in Covent Garden and Cabaret of Angels in Soho. The king of the London clubs scene for more than 30 years-has seen taking bounce back from a tough 2013, due to financial clientele “who put the big money down”. 

The Victoria, Hayes near Heathrow has closed due to a drug raid which were not related to the strip part of the business. The pub is appealing against the loss of licence in High Court. There is a petition on the pubs website for anyone who wants to support this.

Urban Tiger in Northampton faces SEV licence objections. A total of 14 formal objections have been sent to Northampton Borough Council protesting against the club’s licence renewal on the basis that the venue is in an inappropriate location.

Karim Auobi, owner of Urban Tiger, said he was confident that the licence would be renewed as the club provides a safe place to have a night drink for people of all genders, age and taste, as well as a living for 35 people, 80 per cent of whom are women.

“We therefore take great care to run good establishment, complying fully with all our legal obligations and licence conditions. Furthermore, it is a venue that attracts no trouble and the police never have to attend Urban Tiger to deal with disorder”, he stated.

Little Black Book in Scarborough has been turned down an SEV licence due to inappropriate premises for use as a SEV. Lack of central location for facilities for dancers and smoking area for customers and staff were among the reasons for refusals as cited by the committee.

Chester Club Platinum Lounge regains SEV license after original decision was quashed. After the club was refused their licence renewal in 2013, they appealed and on 30 April 2014 Mr. Justice Stuart Smith quashed the Council’s refusal to renew the licence. The panel acknowledged that there “had been no licencing issues or enforcement activity since 2005 when the club began operating and they were “content that the Club was well and responsibly managed and there was evidence to show that it had been taken appropriate steps to deal with complaints that had been brought to its attention”.

Three new SEV licences have been granted in the last week. Baby Platinum Wigan’s first SEV has been approved unanimously and with the applicant’s success in changing Condition 30 (g) of the Council’s Standard Conditions referring that “the performer must wear at least a G-string covering the genitalia when not performing a dance. This may be removed during the performance but must be replaced at the conclusion”.

The second is Liverpool’s 10th SEV licence, Obsessions, Stanley Street. The third club is in York, a city with one SEV already. 

The Silk club in Leeds, whose licence renewal indicated it could not be run beyond June 2014, have identified another premise in Leeds on Assembly street, closely to West Yorkshire Playhouse. It is visible on the Leeds planning database but is not open for consultation yet. 

Birmingham Paradise Club SEV has been refused due to its close proximity to areas where family orientated activities and entertainment take place- particularly hotels, restaurants and family accommodations. Committee’s decision has been appealed in court. Nevertheless, the committee concluded a further sexuality entertainment venue would be inappropriate with the developing cultural and family character of the location.


Letty James

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