Full list of licensed Sexual Entertainment Venues (and refusals of SEV licence)

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Here is a list (as far as I am able to establish it) of all licensed SEVs in England and Wales (as mapped above): some of these have ceased trading (e.g. the Queen Charlotte, Rochester; Lulus Purple in Thanet) but have a current licence under the Policing and Crime Act 2009. If readers know of any clubs not included please contact me:

Ashford Club Ashford
Wildcats Barnsley
Katz Basildon
Club Diamond Birmingham
Cyclone Birmingham
Legs 11 Birmingham
Legs 11 (Hagley Road) Birmingham
Medusa Birmingham
Rocket Club Birmingham
Scarletts Birmingham
Spearmint Rhino Birmingham
Sunset Birmingham
Club Rouge 1 Blackpool
Eden Blackpool
Heaven Blackpool
Sinless Blackpool
Solid Gold Blackpool
Dream Girls (after Dark) Boston
FYEO Bournemouth
Spearmint Rhino Bournemouth
Wiggle Bournemouth
Blue Pelican Bradford
Grace Brighton
Platinum Lace Brighton
Pussycat Brighton
Central Chambers Bristol
Temptations Bristol
Urban Tiger Bristol
La Salsa Calderdale (Halifax)
City Burlesque Camden
Griffin Camden
Parkers, 109 Kingsway Camden
Red Room Camden
Secrets (Euston) Camden
Secrets (Holburn) Camden
Secrets (Gray’s Inn Road) Camden
Secrets (Swiss Cottage, 309 Finchley Road) Camden
Spearmint Rhino Camden
Blue Diamond Cardiff
Blue Velvet Cardiff
Fantasy Lounge Cardiff
For your eyes only Cardiff
Playhouse Cardiff
Tiger Tiger Cardiff
Rouge Carlisle
Shaylors Central Bedfordshire (Ampthill) NOW ONLY OPEN AS NIGHTCLUB
Rumours/Waterside Bar Central Bedfordshire (Linslade, Leighton Buzzard)
The Cave Chelmsford
Blue Room Cheltenham
Platinum Lounge Chester
Krystals Chesterfield
Heaven Colchester
Wild Cherry Cornwall (Newquay)
Wild Cherry Cornwall (Newquay)
Club Heat Coventry
Hustler Croydon
Images Dacorum
Junction 9 (formerly Waggon and Horses) Dacorum (jn 9 m1)
Bentleys Doncaster
Academy Dudley
Bandit Queen Dudley
Red Velvet Durham (Consett) NOW CLOSED
Manhattan East Cheshire (Crewe)
ST Lounge East Cheshire (Wilmslow)
Flirtz East Lindsey (Skegness)
Stir (Filliesnights) Epsom
EX4 (Eden Lounge) Exeter
Lush Exmouth (East Devon)
Heaven Forest Heath (Newmarket)
Rainbow Sports Bar Hackney
White Horse Hackney
Ye Olde Axe Hackney
Browns Hackney
Secrets Hammersmith and Fulham
Little Black Book Hartlepool
Kings Club Harrogate
Wildcats Harrogate
Club XS Hastings
The Victoria Hayes (Hillingdon)
The Woolpack/Inhibitions Hayes (Hillingdon)
Fantasy Bar Hull
Purple Door Hull
I Candy Hyndburn (Accrington)
For Your Eyes Only Islington
Platinum Bar Islington
The Horns Islington
Flying Scotsman Islington
7th heaven Kings Lynn
Ama Gi Kingston on Thames
Area, Arch 67-68 Albert Embankment Lambeth
Bar Code, Arch 69 Lambeth
Bar Covert, Arch 65 Lambeth
Eagle London Lambeth
Fire, Arch 39-44 Parry St Lambeth
The Hoist Lambeth
Baby Platinum (aka Liberte) Leeds
Black Diamond Leeds
Deep Blue Leeds
Purple Door Leeds
Red Leopard Leeds
Silks Leeds
Wildcats Leeds
Angels Leicester
Platinum Lace Leicester
Spearmint Rhino Leicester
Cloud 9 Lincoln
Krystals Lincoln
Angels Paradise Liverpool
Angels VIP Liverpool
Dreamers Liverpool
Hush Gentleman’s Club Liverpool
Moll Teasers Liverpool
Pen & Wig / Aphrodite Liverpool
Rude Liverpool
Woody’s (Tease) Liverpool
X in the City Liverpool
LA Confidential London Borough of Ealing
After 8 Luton
Players Maidstone
Baby Blue Manchester
Baby Platinum Manchester
Fantasy Bar Manchester
Long Legs Manchester
Obsessions Manchester
Silks Manchester
Victorias Manchester
Casino Rooms Medway (Rochester)
Queen Charlotte Medway (Rochester) NOW CLOSED
Phoenix Milton Keynes
Shadow Lounge N Somerset Weston Super Mare
Ts N Somerset Weston Super Mare
Beyond Newcastle
City Vaults Newcastle
Cosy Joes Newcastle
Idols Newcastle
LQ Newcastle
Pussy Galore / SLIH Newcastle
Sam Jacks Newcastle
Sinners Newcastle
The Eagle Newcastle
Blue Velvet Newcastle
Diamond Newcastle
For Your Eyes Only Newcastle
Purple Door Newcastle
Rose and Crown Newcastle
Lace Newcastle under Lyme
Swagga Newham
Urban Tiger Northampton
Flirtz Nottingham
Lodge (aka Covern) Oxford
Old Northwood Pinner (Hillingdon)
Angels Plymouth
Temptations T2 Plymouth
Perfect 10s Preston
Room 32 Preston
Sugar Lounge Reading
X-posed Reading
Angels Redcar
Bing Sandwell
Angels Sandwell (West Bromwich)
Black Orchid Sefton
La Chambre (PRIVATE ADULT CLUB) Sheffield
Spearmint Rhino Sheffield
Villa Mercedes (prev Scores) Sheffield
Source vodka bar Shropshire
Spearmint Rhino (now Tantric Blue) Slough
The Flags Slough
Honey Solihull
Forresters Southend
Taboo South Kesteven
Playhouse Southampton
ST1 Stoke
Little Black Book Sunderland
Privilege Sunderland
Belissima Swansea
The Piston Broke Test Valley (Andover)
Prince of Wales Three Rivers (Rickmansworth)
Lulus Purple Lounge Thanet (Margate) NOW CLOSED (Lost premises licence)
Tenshis Thurrock
Tiffanys Torbay
Totties Trafford
Club X Walsall
Krystals Wakefield NOW CLOSED
Delicious Warrington (NEW 2013)
Amara Warwick
Shades Warwick (Leamington)
Beavers Watford
Peter Stringfellows Angels Soho Westminster
Candy Bar Westminster
Club Sakura Westminster
Heaven The Arches Westminster
Hippodrome Casino Westminster
Koru Westminster
La Capannina Westminster
Platinum Lace Westminster
Revue Bar and Peep Show Westminster
Scotch St James Westminster
Shadow Lounge Westminster
Sophisticats Westminster
Stringfellows Westminster
Sunset Strip Westminster
The Boulevard Westminster
The Box Westminster
The Gaslight Westminster
The Mayfair Club Westminster
The Pleasure Lounge Westminster
The Windmill Westminster
Goldfingers Weymouth
Club Rouge Wiltshire NOW CLOSED
Honeypot Windsor and Maidenhead
Pink Windsor and Maidenhead
Sinderellas Wolverhampton
Cobra Lounge Wolverhampton
Pussy Galore (Foxy Lady) Wolverhampton (Bilston)
Bar 95 Wycombe
Bohemia York NOW CLOSED
VIP Upstairs York

The following offer regular striptease but are licensed under the 2003 Licensing Act on a waiver to standard conditions. Some of the local authorities concerned have or about to adopt the new powers of licensing under the SEV regime. Again, some may have ceased trading recently:

Tiffanys Rushmore Aldershot
Dream Lounge Swindon
Fantasy Club Swindon
Foxies Swindon
Diamonds Bolton
Talk of the Town Cambridge (Cambridgeshire)
G 7 Charnwood (Loughborough) CLOSED?
Mirage Cherwell (Banbury)
G’s Bar and NightClub Cherwell (Bicester)
Baby Platinum (formerly Players) Derby
Club Six Derby
Minx Gloucester
Angels Great Yarmouth
Players Lounge Guildford (Surrey)
Jailhouse Hertfordshire
Cleopatra’s Lounge in Casino Red Huddersfield (Kirklees)
Peel Blue Bar (Sir Robert Peel) Kingston (London)
Lace Norwich
Platinum Lace Norwich
Sugar and Spice Norwich
Angels Peterborough
Kitty Club Poole
Elegance Portsmouth
Heaven Sent Portsmouth
Wiggle Portsmouth
Aqua Lounge Southampton
FYEO Southampton
Original Sin Southampton
Blue Velvet (at the Bugle Returns pub) Spelthorne (Shepperton)
The Harp Tonbridge and Malling
Club Paisa Tower Hamlets
Images Tower Hamlets
Majingos/Astons Tower Hamlets
Metropolis (Formerly The Pleasure Lounge) Tower Hamlets
Nag’s Head Tower Hamlets
Oops Tower Hamlets
Secrets Tower Hamlets
White Swan Tower Hamlets
White’s Gentleman’s Club Tower Hamlets

This list made be incomplete, and any information on other licensed spaces offering regular striptease or like entertainment would be appreciated.

Finally, refusals of SEV licences (under the 2009 Policing and Crime Act):

Saints and Sinners Bedford
The Pad Bedford
Sunset Birmingham
The Doll House Blackpool
Lounge@30 Bristol
Platinum Bristol
Kiss (formerly Halos) Cornwall (Newquay)
Attic (Beach) Cornwall (Newquay)
Marlowes Dacorum
ST Lounge East Cheshire
JD Bar Hastings (2013)
Kaprice (Red Lipps) Hounslow
Max 2 Lambeth
Angels Leicester
Baby Blue Leicester
Panache Leicester
Dazzle London Borough of Ealing
Tantric Blue Maidstone
Former Loder and Payne store, Bank Street Maidstone
Lodge (aka Covern) Oxford
Thirst Lodge Oxford
Piano Lounge Richmond (Twickenham)
Wildcats Sheffield
Pandoras (Green Man) South Bucks
The Harp (East Peckham) Tonbridge and Malling (2013)
Shades Warwick
Shades (reapplication) Warwick (Leamington)

Some of these are still pending Judicial Review of the refusal. The Sunset Gentleman’s club in Birmingham could be added to this list, although it is not clear if it was formally refused a license as was granted an SEV license two months after initial application on basis that the licensee/manager was amended from the original application. There have of course been many refusals for striptease venues under the 2003 Licensing Act, the most recent of which was Bentley’s (Romford) in 2011.

All corrections or additions welcomed!


Another refusal (no. 26): Hastings


Been off to Sussex-by-the-Sea today to attend the hearing of the Environment and Safety Committee of Hastings Council, considering an application for an SEV in this licensed premises (JD, currently a bistro) in the American Ground/Claremont Street near the promenade and pier. There were 124 legitimate objections, mainly on the basis of other businesses in the vicinity: it was noted that the other licensed club in Hastings (XS) was nearby but few complaints were made about that as less visible from the promenade. The written decision will of course follow, but it appears that the committee was minded to refuse on the basis of the ‘great volume’ of opposition and on the basis that this is an area which is hoped to undergo regeneration as the rebuilding of the pier proceeds. This is the 26th refusal of an SEV to date.

Another refusal (no. 25): ST lounge, Wilmslow

The ST Lounge in Wilmslow was licensed in the face of opposition last year, but has had its renewal refused on the grounds that the locality is inappropriate (even though it was considered appropriate 12 months ago). There were 394 objections, by far the largest number ever received for an SEV licence application. The full minuted justification is as follows:

“The relevant locality included a quality shopping and commercial area, including the pedestrianised Grove Street which was used by a wide range of people including children and young people, families and older people as well as a significant number of residential properties in streets adjacent to Grove Street. The relevant locality also included St Teresa’s Catholic Church and Wilmslow Prep School

Within the vicinity there were further sensitive premises, which included residential premises, Wilmslow High School, The Leisure Centre, St Bartholomew’s Church, Wilmslow Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church

The change that had taken place during the last twelve months was that ST Lounge was more prominent due to the adverse publicity it had received and as a result people had changed their attitudes and habits and were now tending to avoid walking past it, particularly in the evening when they felt uncomfortable. Evidence was also accepted that they felt uncomfortable in the daytime. The public concern had become more widespread during the last 12 months

An example of the community concern was the objection from Wilmslow Town Council which unanimously made a recommendation to Cheshire East Council that the appropriate number of sexual entertainment venues in this locality should be nil, although Cheshire East Council had not given consideration to such a restriction.

The objections received from a 13 year old and the mother of a 15 year old showed that concerns arose from a wide age range in the community.

The matters which added to the raised awareness and which raised community concern included the following:

o An A-Board with an ambiguous image on it, left outside when the premises are closed

o “House rules” flyers found on the pavement outside

o The website linked to the club

o The promotion of ST Lounge outside Wilmslow conflicts with the promotion of Wilmslow as a quality shopping destination

Many of the sensitive premises in the vicinity held evening activities and people, including young people, who lived in Grove Avenue and in nearby roads had to walk through the pedestrianised Grove Street and past ST Lounge to attend any activity at the Leisure Centre or either St Teresa’s or St Bartholomew’s Churches. The alternatives were a much longer walking route or a car journey.”

This is the first time that the raised awareness of a club has been cited as a grounds why a locality has become inappropriate. It potentially raises interesting questions about publicity (e.g. does a website designed to raise awareness of a club for those seeking adult entertainment create more awareness of a club among the wider population?)

Bedford approves nil limit

Following the Licensing Committee meeting held on 4th April 2013, the following was passed:

‘That the Committee records its view that from its own knowledge of localities across the Borough of Bedford and supplemented by the express views during the recent consultation exercise that there is no locality in the Borough that is considered appropriate for a Sexual Entertainment Venue’

The implication here is that while all cases will be determined on their merits, there is no suitable location in the borough for an SEV.