East London nightclub and gig venue 93 Feet East is to close after Tower Hamlets council revoked its alcohol and entertainment licences following a police raid last month.
As previously reported, 175 police officers raided the Brick Lane venue on 7 Dec, as part of a 48 hour crackdown on crimes related to venue licensing. Ten arrests were made, mostly in relation to the possession and supply of drugs, including a member of the venue’s management team. Police have not said what further action was taken against any of those people.
Documents show that Tower Hamlets Council launched a review of 93 Feet East’s licence on 12 Dec, based on information provided by the Metropolitan Police. Earlier this month the decision was made to revoke said licence, resulting in the closure of the venue.
Tower Hamlets Deputy Mayor Ohid Ahmed told the Evening Standard: “The decision on 93 Feet East’s licence demonstrates that we are prepared to take swift and decisive action if bars are found to be allowing drug dealing and drug misuse. Through continued partnership working between the council and police, including the dealer-a-day initiative, we will continue to go the extra mile to tackle drug dealing in our community”.
93 Feet East is part of the Old Truman Brewery complex, owned by property company Zeloof LLP, which also houses Vibe Bar, The Big Chill Bar and record shop Rough Trade East, amongst other retail and office units.