Funky Mojoe in South Woodford to open until 3am despite High Court ruling

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Funky Mojoe is to open until 3am next weekend despite having its hours cut Funky Mojoe is to open until 3am next weekend despite having its hours cut

A controversial nightclub which lost a landmark High Court appeal against a cut to its opening hours will open until 3am next weekend.

Funky Mojoe, in High Road, South Woodford, was ordered to limit its opening times to normal pub hours after becaming a hotspot for crime and anti-social behaviour.

The High Court upheld the decision last week and ordered Funky Mojoe to pay the council’s legal costs of £127,000 while denying the venue the right to appeal.

However, it has emerged the venue can appeal the initial Magistrates’ Court ruling and licensee Kerry O’Reilly told the Guardian yesterday that she was to announce some ‘good news.’

At 9pm she tweeted: “Breaking news - we are open March 8 until 3am. A whole new concept coming to Funky Mojoe, South Woodford.”

It is believed the venue has been granted a temporary events licence.

Opening hours were reduced earlier this year after the council's licensing committee was shown CCTV evidence of several serious assaults outside the venue.

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10:25am Fri 28 Feb 14

It's good to talk says...

Just goes to show how ruthless these people are. They should have their license withdrawn and never be allowed to open again. They are nowt satisfied with the legal opening hours and have no regard for the residents who live in the flats door.

I am not against nightclubs but this premises is just in the wrong place.
Just goes to show how ruthless these people are. They should have their license withdrawn and never be allowed to open again. They are nowt satisfied with the legal opening hours and have no regard for the residents who live in the flats door. I am not against nightclubs but this premises is just in the wrong place. It's good to talk
  • Score: 6

11:00am Fri 28 Feb 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

Trying to argue that you are not licensed by telling people to bring their own drink is just an abuse of the law, but are there alterntaive options to stop them?

If the premises want to use Regulated Entertainment (including musc played by DJs), then that is still part of licensing.

Will the council have the right to stop the playing of music at 11.30pm? Will the police step in to curtail the risk of people enetering with glass bottles? What about the fire authorities?

Someone has to find a way to put an end to this and give the local residents what they deserve. Peaceful enjoyment of their own homes.

Let's hope for t
Trying to argue that you are not licensed by telling people to bring their own drink is just an abuse of the law, but are there alterntaive options to stop them? If the premises want to use Regulated Entertainment (including musc played by DJs), then that is still part of licensing. Will the council have the right to stop the playing of music at 11.30pm? Will the police step in to curtail the risk of people enetering with glass bottles? What about the fire authorities? Someone has to find a way to put an end to this and give the local residents what they deserve. Peaceful enjoyment of their own homes. Let's hope for t Proud of Woodford Green
  • Score: 6

11:06am Fri 28 Feb 14

MorrisHickey says...

It is high time that the full weight of the law descended on this lot - including, potentially, action for contempt of court.
It is high time that the full weight of the law descended on this lot - including, potentially, action for contempt of court. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 7

12:24pm Fri 28 Feb 14

spcdust says...

Okay, so in a last contemptuous attempt to stay open late they are now saying "Bring your own bottle" on a Saturday night - this is so un-classy it's actually relatively funny. This really does scream of terrible desperation and they will inevitably come a cropper on this - it will end in tears. Whilst they may get their regulars supporting them initially they will VERY SOON grow bored of bringing their own alcohol and move onto pastures new - really, the whole enjoyment of going out is the theatre of the bar not stashing a bottle of Bacardi in your hand bag (although looking at their client profile......). But seriously, loyalty to a venue is very transitory, their regulars may all make noises about sticking by Funk Mojoes but they really won't - it's time for Funk Mojoes to just bow out with some sort of dignity intact (possibly an oxymoron). Ultimately, don't sweat it - the place is dead in the water.
Okay, so in a last contemptuous attempt to stay open late they are now saying "Bring your own bottle" on a Saturday night - this is so un-classy it's actually relatively funny. This really does scream of terrible desperation and they will inevitably come a cropper on this - it will end in tears. Whilst they may get their regulars supporting them initially they will VERY SOON grow bored of bringing their own alcohol and move onto pastures new - really, the whole enjoyment of going out is the theatre of the bar not stashing a bottle of Bacardi in your hand bag (although looking at their client profile......). But seriously, loyalty to a venue is very transitory, their regulars may all make noises about sticking by Funk Mojoes but they really won't - it's time for Funk Mojoes to just bow out with some sort of dignity intact (possibly an oxymoron). Ultimately, don't sweat it - the place is dead in the water. spcdust
  • Score: 11

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