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
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
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.