Met asks council to withdraw Soho strip club’s license after dancers ‘touch’ customers – South London News

By Adrian Zorzut, Local Democracy Reporter

The Met asked a council to revoke license of a strip club in Soho after finding dancers “touching” customers in booths.

Officers said dancers at Sunset Strip club in Dean Street breached ‘no touching’ rules while management failed to staff the club with enough qualified bouncers, council documents show. They also said the venue failed to maintain a full CCTV system.

Police visited the club in January to collect CCTV footage of everythingeged spiking when scoringthere were a number of private dances that included “flagrant violation” of the no-touching rule between performers and patrons.

When the manager was approached, he would have shrugged his shoulders and made no comment, the police say.

The venue was eventually served with a Section 19 closure notice when police allegedly found one of the bouncers working as a waitress.

Police also received a USB with CCTV footage that had not been properly downloaded by the venue’s video engineer and had to make another request to retrieve it.

A review of CCTV footage revealed a number of instances of groping, including one in which two strippers engaged each other before “intentionally making contact with customers”.

A police statement said: “In one instance, a customer had to move his hand to avoid touching the dancer’s bottom.”

It comes as the club avoided losing its license in November when the council voted to allow the venue to remain open.

Sunset Strip was hauled before the City of Westminster’s licensing board for alleged breaches of its license after police allegedly found “graphic touching” of customers by dancers and a used condom in a bin alongside an empty wrapper.

Police said similar breaches occurred in 2019 and 2022. Westminster City Council will meet tomorrow to consider the application.

Pictured above: Dean Street’s Sunset Strip could lose its license (Image: Google Street View)

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