Selfridges fights plans to open strip club opposite its £300m entrance


Selfridges is fighting plans to open a strip club directly across from its London store entrance.

The retailer objected to a proposal to make an existing Duke Street club into a bar that would offer “full nudity,” striptease, and pole dancing.

The company behind the proposed nightclub said it would be discreet to Westminster’s licencing committee, but Selfridges said it had “no place here.”

Westminster City Council is set to make a decision this week.


Electshow Ltd, which operated the Mayfair Club in Dover Street lap dancing venue, proposed to turn the former Blush club into a strip club that would run from Monday to Saturday from 21:00 to 06:00 in the morning.

According to the Local Democracy Monitoring Service, the Mayfair Club closed in December when the lease ran out, and company director Wahid Mekhaiel said he wants to move his adult entertainment licence to the Duke Street premises.

Craig Baylis, speaking for Mr Mekhaiel, told the committee the current nightclub was already running without affecting Selfridges, and the proposed strip club would be open “at completely different times” to the department store.

However Philip Kolvin QC, for Selfridges, told the meeting the store had been working to make the area more “family orientated” by building a 20,000 sq ft (1,858 sq m) toy shop and a cinema in Duke Street.
“This proposal for a lap dancing club is degrading to the style of this area. It has no place here,” he said.
Local businesses, residents and the Met Police were also among the objectors to the plans.