Fabric nightclub to reopen - for over 19-year-olds at the weekend


One of London's biggest nightclubs can reopen just months after a council revoked its licence.

Fabric nightclub, in Farringdon, was forced to close in September after Islington Council found it had a "culture of drug use" which staff were "incapable of controlling".

The venue was to appeal against the decision at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court next week, but reached an agreement with the Metropolitan Police and the council.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who previously spoke out against the decision to close Fabric, said he was "delighted" that an agreement had been reached.

The new conditions for the club's licence were approved by a judge at the court on Monday, a spokeswoman for the council said.

It includes a ban on anyone under the age of 19 entering the venue between 8pm on Friday and 8am on Monday and also states that anyone found in possession of drugs in the club or who tries to buy drugs will be handed a life ban from the venue.

Flowers left outside Fabric nightclub in London,
Flowers left outside Fabric nightclub in London after it was closed (David Mirzoeff/PA)

Islington Council said the changes, offered by Fabric, were "designed to ensure a zero-tolerance approach" to drugs.

The club closed temporarily after the drug-related deaths of two 18-year-olds earlier this year, and in August Scotland Yard applied to the council for the licence to be reviewed.

Scotland Yard
Scotland Yard applied to the council for the club's licence to be reviewed (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

A joint statement released by the council and the club following the decision said: "Fabric is committed to doing all it reasonably can to ensure that no more of its clubbers come to drug-related harm.

"It also recognises that there needs to be, and will be, changes to its management structure and accountability."

The statement added: "The authority welcomes Fabric's acceptance of all these matters. It is now satisfied that Fabric's directors and senior management understand precisely what has to be done to ensure that Fabric is a safe environment for young clubbers, and that zero tolerance to drugs means precisely that."

Sadiq Khan
London Mayor Sadiq Khan previously spoke out against the decision to close Fabric (Yui Mok/PA)

The club has also pledged to introduce a new ID scanning system, improve search procedures and introduce covert surveillance in the venue.

And, well, the news of Fabric reopening seems to have been met with a lot of excitement from some Twitter users.