Outrage over former swingers’ club

A FORMER swingers club has sparked outrage after seeking a licence to sell booze and play music round the clock. The Sports and Arts Club in Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, which is formerly known as Soho Beach House, has submitted an application to Camden C

A FORMER swingers' club has sparked outrage after seeking a licence to sell booze and play music round the clock.

The Sports and Arts Club in Kilburn High Road, Kilburn, which is formerly known as Soho Beach House, has submitted an application to Camden Council for a licence to supply alcohol and play live or recorded music 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Other activities available at the premises that were listed in the application include 'table dancing, nudity and lap dancing.'

Lib Dem councillors in the borough are objecting to the application, after the previous licence was revoked by the council when police found evidence of drugs misuse and prostitution last year.


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Cllr James King, Kilburn ward, said: "I am amazed the owners of this premises have the cheek to seek a 24-hour licence for supply of alcohol, never mind adult activities including lap-dancing. It was a source of crime and anti-social behaviour before it was closed down by the council.

"I know many local residents do not want a licence of this sort to be approved at this location so I will be opposing it."

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Club owner Vivienne Cartner launched the new application, which states that the premises will also host poetry reading and karaoke, after her previous application was rejected by the council earlier this month.

Cllr King spoke at the hearing last summer to support the removal of the licence, saying that residents had complained of 'persistent thumping music' in the early hours of the morning outside of permitted hours and people looking for sex knocking on their doors.

Police officers also testified at the hearing that sex had taken place in the club, with the previous club owner Mr Ifedha admitting that he had charged male punters �120 to take part in group sex activities.

Residents and businesses have until November 6 to make representations to the council.

The Sports and Arts Club declined to comment.

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