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Gordon Dadds advises on premises licence for Devonshire Club


Gareth Hughes, partner and barrister, has advised Devonshire Club on its successful application for a premises license for a private members’ club at 4 & 5 Devonshire Square in the heart of the City of London.

The application concerns licensing for regulated entertainment, sale of alcohol and late night refreshment for this exclusive members club. This was successfully obtained following significant negotiation with local residents, heritage bodies, significant stakeholders, and the police.

The club will occupy a 19th century Regency warehouse and will comprise 68 bedrooms in addition to a brasserie, bars, a library, a screening room, a private garden and a spa. Brian Clivaz, the man behind Home House and the Arts Club, and his team will manage the Club. The Licensee and General Manager is Ian Palmer who most recently was the Club Director at the Hotel Café Royal.

Gareth Hughes, leading the application said: “I am delighted to have assisted Devonshire Club in obtaining this new premises licence in a building where there had not previously been such a permission. We have succeeded in securing a late hours licence following preliminary discussions with local stake holders and the police prior to the application being submitted.

“The application received no objection from any quarter and the City of London Licensing Committee therefore granted permission. I am grateful to the police and others for working so proactively with us on this project and it highlights the quality of such a proposed venue that the officers of the council were happy with the proposals from the outset.”

Ian Palmer, General Manager of Devonshire Club, said: “We are delighted to have been given the go-ahead by the City of London Corporation. This is a huge step for us in the development of the club and paves the way for the very exciting final stage of development to take place before we open the doors to our members in June this year.”

This decision comes the week after the Gansevoort Hotel Group, also supported by Gordon Dadds, succeeded in obtaining licensing permission for a members club on Curtain Road.

About Devonshire Club

Devonshire Club is an unashamedly glamorous and luxurious London members’ club, occupying six floors of a listed 19th century Regency warehouse in Devonshire Square. Spread over 58,000 sq ft, the club has impressive facilities that few can rival including three bars, 110 seat brasserie, private dining rooms, 68 bedrooms, a screening room,  a private gymnasium with personal trainers, a Pilates studio, blow dry and nail bars, three treatment rooms, valet parking, a summer and winter garden and a smoking terrace.

Devonshire Square is a thriving multi-use campus in the City of London. Spread across five-acre in a prime position near Liverpool Street station, it comprises 630,000sq ft. of office, retail, restaurants and bars. The addition of the Devonshire Club re-enforces Devonshire Square’s position as one of the City’s prime destinations to work, network and socialise.

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