It is 7PM on a sunny Friday night and we're in the street outside The Flying Scotsman, one of London's most down-at-heel "striptease pubs". A few regulars — football shirts riding over their soft, distended guts — watch as I sway woozily, holding my hand to my jaw, which is pumping blood out onto the King's Cross pavement. I have just embarked on a crawl through London's dingiest strip-joints, keen to discover what, if anything, can be learned about the human condition by hitting eight of them in one night, before a bottle to the face nearly scuppers my plans. An older woman with spiky blonde hair and a leather coat at the bar had done the damage. Presumably she'd already pissed someone off, because while I was waiting to get served, a wave of cold lager doused us — a drink had been chucked. The next thing I knew, amid shouts and falling chunks of jagged glass, she had lashed out randomly and I received a blow to the chin that nearly floored me.
Medway's biggest nightclub, the Casino Rooms, provoked a row among residents when it announced plans for Tenshi. Named for a similar nightspot in Essex, it planned to fit more than drinkers and have four lap-dancing booths, a VIP area with one pole and a stage with another. The venue's website has announced there will be an invitation-only opening party tonight with a champagne reception tomorrow night. The strip club will use a separate entrance to the main nightclub and have at least 18 CCTV cameras to monitor punters.
Not widely reported it appears, but an application for a new SEV in Acton was rejected last week by Ealing Council on grounds of 'locality'. Interesting as the area is non-residential, and the policy for sex establishments in Ealing only identifies Acton Town Centre as suitable for a club, and the residential districts as unsuitable, so not clear how this locality was regarded. Aldgate Club Oops.
Kent Street combines creativity and a hint of sleaze in true Fitzroy style. Oh, Smith Street. There's so much to love about you, and so much to hate.