Revolution – the chain bar at 276/288 Lavender Hill – has applied to Wandsworth for a variation of its licence.

They are hoping to extend their hours on Friday and Saturday. They are currently allowed to provide music until 1.30am and ‘refreshment’ (usually alcohol in bars!) until 2.00am. Their application is until extend these times to 3.00am and 3.30am respectively. This will effectively mean the bar would be emptying at 4.00am in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday mornings.

In the past I’ve been fairly neutral in reporting license applications, partly because they’ve either not been contentious or because I have an interest (in other words, because I drink in them!). Neither of these factors apply in this case, so I feel free to say I oppose this application.

The council has always taken a fairly restrictive approach to licensing, keeping fairly close to the old-style 11am – 11pm licenses. In fact this seems to reflect what most people in the borough want. Several pubs (including my local) applied for later hours, but have never used them because people would tend to drift off around 11pm anyway.

Of course, not everyone wants to finish drinking and drift off home at 11pm. I have no problem with that and do not oppose late licenses on any moralistic or health grounds. But I do not think, in a primarily residential borough, we should be creating what will invariably become a destination for late night drinkers.

The obvious counter-argument is that Revolution is situated on in a town centre, with no residential population. But in fact there are residential properties all around. Most of the floors above the local shops are flats, and there is a small block opposite. Directly behind is a totally residential street, Mossbury Road. And the disruption would not be limited to the immediate area.

At 4am most public transport will have finished, leaving the prospect of long – and potentially drunken and noisy – walks home through residential streets. Or large number of minicabs touting for business. In fact London is well served for late night drinking with the West End, which also happens to be the central hub for late night public transport. I don’t think we should be replicating the West End’s offer here.

If you wish to object you have until 23 August to make your representation, legally representations can only be considered by the licensing committee if they relate to the four licensing objectives:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • The prevention of public nuisance
  • Public safety
  • The protection of children from harm

The council’s licensing pages provide more information and we’ll be writing to local residents to make sure they know about the plans.

UPDATE: If you wish to object you can do so by writing to:
Head of Licensing
Licensing Section
London Borough of Wandsworth
PO Box 47095
SW18 9AQ

or by emailing

6 thoughts on “Revolution licensing application

  1. If you want booze until such early hours then go to the Grand or Wessex House. Let’s petition for them to have entry prices slashed or abolished altogether!

    The dance floor is not big enough in Revolution to accommodate revellers in large numbers, leaving drinking as the only option. At least the Grand has a Tron-inspired mirrored booth where an unemployed student who lives with his parents can put records on. (I think DJing is what the kids are calling it these days)

  2. Difficult for me to have a definite opinion actually (maybe we should have comments for other locals). On the one hand 3.30pm seems a bit late, but closing at 2am at the WE does not seem unreasonable to me; in addition I would assume that some people might drift away around midnight anyway to catch the public transports. In South Ken you have a very tiny cocktail bar, “Janet’s” closing at 3am and it’s very good.
    On the other hand, it all depends on the population going there, potential trouble and behaviour at the exit.

  3. The link is only for reporting licensing issues relating to existing licenses, like breaches or hours or noise limits.

    I’ve updated the post with the physical and email addresses to which objections can be made.

    Obviously different venues and locations can tolerate different hours. A tiny cocktail bar in South Ken will attract an entirely different clientele than a large club-style bar in Clapham Junction. The site has long been a destination venue with many people travelling there for their Friday and Saturday binge drinking session night out.

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