Based on an article from The Evening Standard
Naked tabledancing is coming to the West End after a nightclub won a bid to scrap the ludicrous rule forcing its performers to stay partly clothed. Westminster council's licensing chiefs approved a request from Peter Stringfellow to
end the policy stipulating that all tableside dancers must wear at least a Gstring.
James Tait, spokesman for the Covent Garden Nutter Community, which opposed the application, said: We think Westminster council missed an opportunity to set some standards for the area here. They have put all
kinds of conditions on what may or may not be done within the club but they could have simply said no to nudity. This is a place where people both live and work, and sex on a stick is not the kind of thing that is wanted around here. We will be
fighting to make sure that this ruling does not set a precedent in the West End, as we are very concerned about what other people might be planning."
Peter Stringfellow, who gave evidence for several hours during yesterday's all-day hearing, said: I will be holding a meeting with my girls tonight and we will do a proper launch of the new policy in about
three weeks' time. None of my girls will be forced to dance naked if they don't want to, and no touching will be permitted by customers whatsover. There has always been a degree of nudity in Westminster but we are living in a different world now and
have to move with the times. I think a lot of clubs will probably do the same as me, if they're allowed.
Stringfellow made the application after claiming that Camden council's policy of allowing dancers full nudity was putting him at a competitive disadvantage. Camden has seen an increase in tabledancing clubs in the past two years as a
result of its more relaxed regime. Glenn Nicie, operations director at Mayfair tableside dancing club For Your Eyes Only, said his club had now put in its own application for fully nude dancing.
Councillor Frances Blois, chairman of Westminster's licensing subcommittee, said: We are satisfied that Stringfellows is a well-run and managed club. There were no police objections to this variation of the
current licence and we have granted the variation until the end of May. At that time the licence renewal will be required to be heard before the licensing sub-committee. Our committees decide every individual case on its merits and council
enforcement officers will continue to carefully monitor the premises.