Licensing application from Retail Unit 3, 200 Aldersgate Street

Pavilion Bar & Restaurant submits licensing application

A licensing application has been received from The Pavilion Bar & Restaurant located (or to be located) at Retail Unit 3, 200 Aldersgate Street. This unit is on the west side of Aldersgate Street just round the corner from the old Natural Kitchen premises and before the main entrance to the building. The company was incorporated just over 2 months ago on 25th March. Hence there is no trading record or previous modus operandi to examine.  

Details of the application

The full application can be viewed here and the proposed internal layout here.

The application shows that The Pavilion Bar and Restaurant Ltd has submitted a licensing application for the aforementioned premises to:

1.     Permit the sale of alcohol on and off the premises, Monday – Sunday 10am – midnight and

2.     Provide late night refreshment Sunday – Thursday 11pm – 11.30pm and Friday – Saturday 11pm – 12 midnight.

The Licensing Act 2003 states that “Late night refreshment” means the supply of hot food or hot drink to the public, for consumption on or off the premises, between 11pm and 5am.

Taking a closer look

Looking more closely at the full application:  

This shows that the applicant would like the licence to commence from 24th June 2022.  The opening hours are proposed to be 7am – 12.30am every day of the week.

The description of the business provided is as follows: “The Pavilion is a mid to high end hybrid coffee store/eatery. Situated on the ground floor of mid-level skyscrapers in the City of London and is focused on business/office trade. It is located on the main street, providing comfortable pedestrian access. The premises consists of a Kitchen/Food preparation area, Bar and Restaurant area, toilets. Meals and drinks provided in the restaurant/bar area are for the consumption on and off the premises. The capacity of the restaurant is up to 65 covers inside. There are no schools in the near vicinity. …… Wine, Premium beer, Cocktails and other alcoholic drinks support the range of beverages, although the main products are quality coffee, sandwiches, pastries and cakes. The applicant intends to create a comfortable space for customers, in which they are able to read newspapers, work on laptops, and make business calls. There is a wide range of food provided from Sandwiches, to Desserts, to Sushi, Pizza and Mexican dishes, which are displayed and served at the counter”.

From this description it can be seen that: meals and drinks are for consumption on and off the premises…….the capacity is 65 covers……..there are no schools in the near vicinity…(?! would be interesting to hear their definition of “near vicinity”? How close is the Hatching Dragons Nursery in Ironmongers Hall for example….or the City of London School for Girls?).

Consumption to be outdoors as well as indoors

The form asks about the provision of late-night refreshments when the aforementioned times are repeated. Of some concern is the answer to the question “Will the provision of late-night refreshment take place indoors or outdoors or both?” as the answer given is “both”. Where will these late-night refreshments be served outdoors? On the pavement outside the premises right by the Museum of London roundabout? The same answer is given to the question “Will the sale of alcohol be for consumption” on or off the premises ie. both. These statements clearly need to be clarified as it needs to be made clear if the answers “outside” and “off the premises” relate to outside seating or to deliveries. If the applicant is proposing to place tables outside the premises and serve alcohol and late-night refreshments until midnight every day of the week then this would clearly be unacceptable in terms of the potential for noise and loss of residential amenity.

In another section the applicant states that “all doors and windows shall remain closed in the evening to prevent public nuisance” but if late night refreshments and alcohol can be consumed outside the premises until midnight it is unclear how this would work in practice.

Local comparable establishments

Whilst it is apparent that the proposed operating hours (7am – 12.30am) appear considerable, it is probably important to look at the operating hours already granted to nearby establishments also serving food and drink. Two obvious comparatives may be Barbie Green and the Wood Street Bar and Kitchen as both are situated close to residential premises.

Barbie Green’s opening hours are 8am-7pm on Mondays, 8am -10pm Tuesdays to Fridays, 9am-8pm on Saturdays and 9am-5pm on Sundays.  

Wood Street Bar & Kitchen is open Monday – Friday between the hours of 12pm – 11pm. It is closed at weekends.   

It should also be remembered that The Natural Kitchen, a bar and restaurant which was located just a few yards away from this proposed establishment had operating hours of 08.00am – 15.00pm Mondays and Tuesdays and 08.00am – 21.00pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Saturdays and Sundays it was closed.

It therefore looks clear from these comparative opening hours that the proposed operating hours suggested in this application are excessive.

Summary

Given the above information it would seem that there is every ground to object to this application as it stands, in particular to the hours that it proposes to sell 1) alcohol both on and off-premises (until midnight every day of the week) and 2) late night refreshments both on and off -premises until 11.30pm Sunday – Thursday and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays given the potential impact on residential amenity.  

Any person wishing to make a representation in relation to this application must give notice by either writing or (more easily) by email to : licensing@cityoflondon .gov.uk by Tuesday 21st June 2022.

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