Friday, July 03, 2009

Last Lap at the White Hart

The White Hart in New Cross has abandoned its short-lived conversion to a lap dancing Gentlemen's club, the focus for a Stop the Strip campaign that brought 100 people to a demonstration there on May 22 (pictured). One factor may have been advice that as a listed building, the pub was not permitted to have black out windows.

Anyway it's back open as a pub, so you don't have to be a particular kind of Gentleman to go there anymore. In fact on Sunday night, there's some more agreeable kind of dancing (to my taste) with a DJ playing funky house. Let's hope the pub survives, it's a good space in a key location in New Cross.


7 comments:

Lap Lustre said...

I think he had a reality check and was unable to attract this fictitious 'high class clientele' and his old geezer clientele don't have the cash or the stamina to watch that sort of stuff!

Tessa Jowelly said...

I don't think the 'Stop The Strip' campaign had anything to do with the change of use. According to Lewisham Councils licensing officer, he still has a license to run a strip joint if he so chooses and I can't believe it's been returned to pub use because of pressure from local residents. Anyone know the low down?

Transpontine said...

I suspect it was a mixture of things - the planning office apparently contacted him stating that he couldn't have that black film on the windows of a listed building and obviously as a strip club the 'entertainment' can't be visible from outside. So he would probably have to have spent more money to enable it to continue (e.g by creating an internal screen/partition). I also wonder whether it was actually attracting many paying punters. I don't think the campaign would have swayed the landlord, but it probably did galvanise local councillors to ask council officers in planning to enforce the listed building issue.

Anonymous said...

It's because the girls weren't of a high enough standard. When we went there was a dwarf and a some Mum with stretch marks. Barely worth a pound in the jar...

Richard Timney said...

I would have gone more often but couldn't claim it back on the old expenses.

David Icke said...
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Lap Lustre said...

According to the South London Press, he's challenging locals to support him as a pub - Cuddly Ken, now there's a thought!
www.southlondonpress.co.uk/tn/News.cfm?id=26622