A licence review of D&D London’s Soho restaurant and club 100 Wardour will be held as a result of a long-running dispute with neighbours who claim noise makes it “impossible to live a normal life”.
Following residents’ requests a review of the licence on the grounds of ‘prevention of public nuisance’ is due to be heard by Westminster City Council next month, following a hearing earlier this year where councillors requested noise monitoring take place.
Currently 100 Wardour, which occupies the ground floor and basement, has a live music licence until 3am from Thursday to Saturday and 2am from Monday to Wednesday, with no restrictions on recorded music.
Further limitations are in place reducing these hours on the ground floor and stating that any music should be inaudible in the neighbouring residences.
D&D London told The Caterer: “100 Wardour St regard the concerns of our neighbours very seriously and have taken considerable measures in an on-going process to resolve identified issues at these premises.”
In its evidence Environmental Health reported that Westminster City Council received 10 noise related complaints between July 2017 and December 2018.
Residents have claimed that noise disturbance has become “louder, more intrusive and more frequent” in the last six months.
In a submission to the authority one resident said the situation was “completely out of control”, with the volume of music emanating from the venue making it “impossible to live a normal life”.
A further submission from a councillor representing the Soho and West End ward accused the venue of having failed to live up to its responsibilities regarding residents.
A resident states in its submission that the applicants are not asking for the licence to be revoked or suspended if the authority can be confident a lesser step will “ensure the cessation of the issues”.