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.