King’s Cross alcohol licensing consultation

Islington Council is consulting on changes to its policy on alcohol licensing. The number of licensed premises in Islington has increased rapidly, as have resulting negative impacts like noise and anti-social behaviour.

Islington is second only to Westminister in the density of pubs, bars, clubs and off licences it is home to with over 1,300 premises licensed to sell alcohol. Nearly a third of these are licensed to sell after midnight. It has one of the country’s highest rates of health problems caused by alcohol and one of London’s highest rates of alcohol-related crime.

The new policy would designate areas of cumulative impact, including Kings Cross, where license applications would normally be refused and recommended closing times used for new licenses:

  • off-licenses – 11pm
  • night clubs – 1am Sunday to Thursday, 2am Friday and Saturday
  • restaurants, cafes and bars – 11pm Sunday to Thursday, midnight Friday and Saturday

Hot food and drink takeaways would be limited to midnight closing times on Sunday to Thursday and 1am on Friday and Saturday.

Islington council is asking for residents to comment on the proposed new policy, you can do so by clicking here.

About Sophie Talbot

Sophie runs a small business designing websites for small businesses and community groups. She also manages King's Cross Community Projects
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3 Responses to King’s Cross alcohol licensing consultation

  1. sean murray says:

    Hi Sophie – do you know if the 23:00/00:00 for cafes and Take-aways refers only to their ability to sell alcohol or to trading as a cafe/take-away in general?

    • Sophie Talbot says:

      Hi Sean – sorry don’t know… Have a look on LBI’s site, link at beginning of article. If it’s not on LBI’s site put the question to Cllr Paul Convery who’s leading on it (if you hear anything can you let us know?)



  2. Sean Murray says:

    Key point is that the policy change will apply to new applications, not existing, unless there are concerns about an existing business.

    From Paul…

    There are four licensable activities contained within the 2003 Licensing Act (Section 1):
    > The sale of alcohol by retail
    > The supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of a club
    > The provision of regulated entertainment
    > The provision of late night refreshment. Late night refreshment is where hot food or drink is supplied to members of the public, on, or from any premises, whether for consumption on or off the premises between the hours of 11.00pm and 5.00am.

    The licensing policy changes we are proposing cover all 4 of these licensable activities. So, the hours relating to late night refreshment relate to takeaways, cafes etc irrespective of whether they are additionally licensed to sell alcohol.

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