Licensing update on 35 Earlham Street WC2H 9LD (Escapologist bar)

Licensing update

The Escapologist bar, 35 Earlham Street WC2H 9LD

July 2020

The owners of the Escapologist bar, Adventure, have applied to Camden council to extend their licence  so that they can stay open until 2.30am, and also include off-sales in their licence for the first time.

Unfortunately the premises already cause nuisance in the densely residential area of Seven Dials.  Escapologist has a later licence than any other drink-led business in the vicinity, as it can serve until Midnight Monday to Saturday, and can open until 12.30am.

The problems they cause usually involve crowds of noisy people outside, either on the pavement or spilling out into the road.  They cause obstruction, and they disturb people nearby when it gets late and there is nobody else around.  The streets of Seven Dials are remarkably little background noise after 10.30pm during the week.

There have also been problems with noisy deliveries at antisocial hours.

Any such issues are likely to be magnified many times over if the bar stays open until 2.30am.  Seven Dials is silent at this time, and any sound echoes in our narrow streets.  The lovely walls of the old brewery buildings bounce noise around.  Beware if you sit on the Dial in the early hours and whisper sweet nothings – your conversation will be shared with everyone!

Local people are very concerned about this application so Covent Garden community Association (CGCA) has objected to it.  If you would like to make comments please search for the application with reference ‘APP\PREMISES-NEW\102017’ on Camden’s Licensing portal by clicking here.  The deadline for comments is Midnight on 15/07/2020.

You can see the comments that we have submitted here.

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