The Good Ship sails on as it keeps late-night licence

25 November 2016

A popular live music venue where Adele, Kate Nash and The XX all honed their acts has kept its late-night licence, after review of the premises was called for by the police.


The licence for the Good Ship on Kilburn High Road was called-in for review by the police who raised concerns at the number of incidents occurring after 2am in and around the venue, as well as the security that the pub had in place.


Bar owner John McCooke told Brent Council's licencing committee that the pub makes most of its money late on a Friday and Saturday night and that an earlier closing and last entry time on those days would hit takings hard and make the business unviable, forcing the live-music venue on Kilburn High Road to close.


The Good Ship had voluntarily reduced its closing time to 3am in response to the incidents - which has been kept - and agreed to take steps to make sure that pub-goers are kept safe, including the introduction of better CCTV, ID scanners and a new security team.


Brent Council's licencing committee then considered a police request for a last entry time to the premises of 1am, before it agreed with the pub that a time of 1:30am was necessary to help the business survive.


The news comes days after the owners of Fabric in Farringdon and Islington Council reached agreement to allow the nightclub to reopen in a boost to London's night-time economy.


Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:


"The Good Ship is a good venue and a popular place to catch live music. We have a serious duty to ensure that people are safe, but the last thing we would want to see is businesses like this forced to close down.


"This is a common-sense outcome that helps support our local business and the London night-time economy, whilst making sure that those enjoying nightlife in Kilburn are not put in harm's way."