Warning after Funky Mojoe in South Woodford vows to stay open late

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The council has reminded Funky Mojoe to stay within its license conditions The council has reminded Funky Mojoe to stay within its license conditions

Confusion surrounds why a controversial nightclub is pledging to trade until 3am despite losing a landmark High Court bid to challenge a cut in its opening hours.

Funky Mojoe, in High Street, South Woodford, last week failed to persuade a judge to grant a judicial review into a council decision to restrict opening times due to crime and anti-social behaviour.

But licensee Kerry O’Reilly announced last week that the venue would stay open until 3am on Sunday, promising a “whole new concept”, after meeting licensing experts.

Redbridge Council has confirmed it has not issued a temporary license and has reminded the owners that the club must shut at 11.30pm.

A council spokesman said: “The courts have upheld the council’s decision that all licensable activities at the premises must cease at 11pm Sunday to Thursday and by 11.30pm on Friday and Saturday.

“The council has reminded the operators of the club of the conditions of its licence and the consequences of any breaches of these.

“The council will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

Funky Mojoe is expected to reveal further details at midday.

As well as being denied a judicial review, the nightclub was ordered to pay the council’s legal costs of £127,000 and denied the right to appeal.

It was the first time the High Court had ruled on a nightclub’s license.

However, the venue is challenging an initial district judge’s decision to uphold the council’s decision to cut hours.

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11:02am Mon 3 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

If the police turn out at midnight in force when they should have cleared up and gone home and the place is still trading then they should be able to close the place up, turn off the lights and make them close. Why is this place getting special treatment? Had it been a normal pub flouting the law the licensee's feet would not tough the ground on his way to court.
If the police turn out at midnight in force when they should have cleared up and gone home and the place is still trading then they should be able to close the place up, turn off the lights and make them close. Why is this place getting special treatment? Had it been a normal pub flouting the law the licensee's feet would not tough the ground on his way to court. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 8

11:51am Mon 3 Mar 14

Pie-Face says...

Poster in FM's window yesterday suggests its 20 quid to get in and you have to bring your own bottle now ...... but still open until 3am.
Poster in FM's window yesterday suggests its 20 quid to get in and you have to bring your own bottle now ...... but still open until 3am. Pie-Face
  • Score: 0

12:16pm Mon 3 Mar 14

VillageIdiot69 says...

So their new "concept" is to charge everyone £20 to get in, bring their own booze and stay until 3am in the morning ? Interesting idea, not sure about the legality of it but I'd be surprised if it's a success.

https://www.facebook
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https://www.facebook
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woodford?ref=ts&fref
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They also seem to have two FB pages for some reason but updates are appearing on both. I think everyone should go on there and review them with 1 star :D
So their new "concept" is to charge everyone £20 to get in, bring their own booze and stay until 3am in the morning ? Interesting idea, not sure about the legality of it but I'd be surprised if it's a success. https://www.facebook .com/FunkymojoeEssex ?ref=ts&fref=ts https://www.facebook .com/funkymojo.south woodford?ref=ts&fref =ts They also seem to have two FB pages for some reason but updates are appearing on both. I think everyone should go on there and review them with 1 star :D VillageIdiot69
  • Score: 1

1:45pm Mon 3 Mar 14

MorrisHickey says...

So they've consulted licensing "experts". Are they the same ones who advised them prior to the unsuccessful appeal?

Give them enough rope and they'll hang themselves - hopefully.
So they've consulted licensing "experts". Are they the same ones who advised them prior to the unsuccessful appeal? Give them enough rope and they'll hang themselves - hopefully. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 3

2:59pm Mon 3 Mar 14

spcdust says...

This sure sounds like a one classy night out. Bottle of Bacardi in the handbag and paying £20.00 for the pleasure of drinking it in a venue sounds like like just the kind of night out people are looking for. I suspect their customers will quickly move onto pastures new despite this desperate ploy on the part of Funky Mojoe.
This sure sounds like a one classy night out. Bottle of Bacardi in the handbag and paying £20.00 for the pleasure of drinking it in a venue sounds like like just the kind of night out people are looking for. I suspect their customers will quickly move onto pastures new despite this desperate ploy on the part of Funky Mojoe. spcdust
  • Score: 1

4:03pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

Funky Mojoe's new concept - no license beyond 11.30pm means no drink sales or other licensable activities, including Regulated Entertainment (music played by DJs).

So, at 11.30pm you can sit amongst the other aspirationally deluded wannabes clutching your Bacardi Breezer jumbo bottle, and watch the pretty disco lights whilst having a good chat with your mates.

Cracking night out that sounds - where do I sign up???

A word of advice - avoid South Woodford at 11.30pm on Satruday 8th March.
Funky Mojoe's new concept - no license beyond 11.30pm means no drink sales or other licensable activities, including Regulated Entertainment (music played by DJs). So, at 11.30pm you can sit amongst the other aspirationally deluded wannabes clutching your Bacardi Breezer jumbo bottle, and watch the pretty disco lights whilst having a good chat with your mates. Cracking night out that sounds - where do I sign up??? A word of advice - avoid South Woodford at 11.30pm on Satruday 8th March. Proud of Woodford Green
  • Score: 1

4:46pm Mon 3 Mar 14

spcdust says...

Joking aside, the prospect of a venue full of customers all armed with bottles, likely of spirits, does seem like a sure fire recipe for escalating trouble in and outside of the venue. Without the moderation imposed by bar prices and weights and measures surely there will be a lot of extremely worse for wear customers who have not previously demonstrated restraint in their behaviour in the past. Me thinks the licensee may not have thought this particular plan through very well.
Joking aside, the prospect of a venue full of customers all armed with bottles, likely of spirits, does seem like a sure fire recipe for escalating trouble in and outside of the venue. Without the moderation imposed by bar prices and weights and measures surely there will be a lot of extremely worse for wear customers who have not previously demonstrated restraint in their behaviour in the past. Me thinks the licensee may not have thought this particular plan through very well. spcdust
  • Score: 0

4:53pm Mon 3 Mar 14

MorrisHickey says...

Every prospect of the punters ending up as mentally deranged as the management.
Every prospect of the punters ending up as mentally deranged as the management. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 0

6:21pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Proud of Woodford Green says...

Apparently £20 on the door and bring your own booze only applies to the casual punter, not those booking the highly sought after "exclusive tables", and tables are "available from £330" - which the clear implication of is that alcohol is provided at those tables.

Someone really needs to tell the owners of this bar that if you want to flout the system, you need to know the rules - drinks included in admission price is a licensable activity!

Total morons - clutching on to the last straws of credibility.
Apparently £20 on the door and bring your own booze only applies to the casual punter, not those booking the highly sought after "exclusive tables", and tables are "available from £330" - which the clear implication of is that alcohol is provided at those tables. Someone really needs to tell the owners of this bar that if you want to flout the system, you need to know the rules - drinks included in admission price is a licensable activity! Total morons - clutching on to the last straws of credibility. Proud of Woodford Green
  • Score: 1

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