Masq’s application to extend their hours of operation was refused by Southwark Council on 15 February 2024.
Local residents (represented by Victoria Butters & Kathleen Hogan Ehrlich) plus the police, the council’s licensing team, me (speaking on behalf of the North Bermondsey Councillors) and Sam Dalton, a councillor from London Bridge & West Bermondsey all spoke in opposition to the proposal.
Thank you to all those who attended the nearly 3-hour long hearing, as well as those who submitted written comments.
Here’s a write up in the local press (try and ignore the click bait headline).
20 December 2023
UPDATE: Southwark has extended the deadline for comments until 22 January, 2024.
Masq London Bar and Restaurant has applied to extend their hours of operation by one (1) hour until midnight during the week and 0.100 on Fridays and Saturdays.
While we are very supportive of businesses in our area and are glad Masq is doing well, the request for later hours is of concern to residents living close by.
The venue, on the site of the former NatWest bank, has been regularly using TENs (Temporary Event Notices) to hold events ending in the early hours of the morning. On these occasions, guests have been parking in Shad Thames after residents-only parking expires at 23:00. Guests making their way back to their cars from the venue after late night events have caused significant disturbances for residents, including fights, shouting, and playing music from cars for extended periods. Masq's current hours mean these disturbances have occurred only when they have been operating under a TENs. But if Masq's hours are extended, this has the potential to become a regular occurrence.
The deadline for comments on the application is 4 January and we anticipate that there will be a public hearing.
Below you will find guidance created by residents living near Masq on how to submit comments as well as a template they have built for submissions to Southwark should you want to object to the application. It is very important that you add personal details to your submission, as the Licensing Committee will not accept identical submissions.
To view the application, please visit Southwark's Licensing Portal and search for application 881900.