Bid to introduce London’s first blanket restriction on nightclub booze sales

In a London first Lambeth Council could use new laws to stop nightclubs and bars in part of the borough serving alcohol after midnight.

A public consultation will get the views of local residents and businesses to help understand the impact of alcohol related anti-social behaviour and public nuisance linked to three specific venues in Clapham.

The outcome may result in them facing the new restrictions under the capital’s first early morning alcohol restriction order.

Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Neighbourhoods, said: “Residents have been complaining about alcohol-related problems in this particular corner of the borough for years, including nuisance, anti-social behaviour and large amounts of noise.

“New legislation gives us an opportunity to speak with local residents about the impact of alcohol related anti-social behaviour and act on issues they raise.

“We’ve worked with the businesses and residents in this area for a number of years but the problems haven’t stopped.

“The businesses have taken guidance from the council and police, but we remain concerned that this residential area just cannot cope with a number of late night clubs and the amount of people it attracts at a late hour.

“We are consulting on using this strong measure and if there is support for it from people in the area then the council will seriously consider putting the EMRO in place.”

Some of the people living in streets around Wandsworth Road and North Street have complained they have been dogged by noise and bad behaviour linked to three venues – The Artesian Well nightclub, Lost Society bar and Mist on Rocks bar. They also claim that Vesco News Off-License contributes to the problem.

If implemented the EMRO will ban the sale of alcohol from midnight to 6am in the affected area. Breaches will mean the venues in this area could be stripped of their licenses and prosecuted.

An attempt by the police in 2012 to restrict the opening hours of one of the venues that could be covered by the ‘EMRO’ proved unsuccessful.

Lambeth Council has been discussing the restriction order with the Home Office which has offered to work with the local authority to ensure that the public consultation is carried out in line with the new legislation.

A consultation on the EMRO is now open. For more information visit:




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