A popular London music venue has announced it is to close, blaming the capital's "petty minded" licensing laws.
London's Vibe Bar venue to shut over licensing row
Airport-style security measures led to 30% profit dip, says owner of Brick Lane nightspot
Vibe Bar in the East End's Brick Lane will shut up shop on November 11, with owner Alan Miller saying new council-imposed security measures have made the experience for patrons similar to that of airline passengers.
Mr Miller, 44, tells the London Evening Standard: “You go to these venues and there is airport-style security — it’s almost like the council expects you to run a prison.”
Mr Miller says the problems started last year when Tower Hamlets Council introduced a "saturation zone" in the area to curb anti-social behaviour. He says the compulsory security measures now include ID scans, large security teams and extensive CCTV networks – all of which have driven up his costs and contributed to a 30% drop in profits.
Brick Lane has undergone a transformation from a no-go zone to one of London's most popular spots. Vibe Bar – which was built on the site of the Old Truman Brewery – is the latest in a string of UK live venues to close, following The Cockpit in Leeds, Liverpool's Mello Mello, Tiger in Bristol and The 200 Club in Newport.
A spokeswoman for Tower Hamlets Council said it supports Brick Lane and insisted that licensing regulations had not changed.