Boom ‘would be too loud if it stayed open longer’, say authorities about Oxford Street bar

By Adrian Zorzut, Local Democracy Reporter

A gaming bar in Oxford Street has applied to stay open until 2am, but Westminster City council thinks it would be a recipe for late-night disorder.

The Boom Battle Bar wants operate two hours longer at the weekend, which could increase nuisance to the public in a busy area, the council’s licensing team says.

According to its website, Boom Battle Bar offers shuffleboard, pool and augmented reality darts and axe-throwing as well as karaoke booths. They have bars across Britain and one in the United Arab Emirates.

A council report read: “In its current form the applicant has not provided any additional measures or conditions to demonstrate that the granting of this application will not add to cumulative impact.”

The council’s environmental team also opposed the proposal.

Boom Battle Bar’s owner, BBB Thirteen Ltd, provided the council with a dispersal policy that would see patrons given a 30-minute notice before closing time.

The plan includes having staff advising customers where to leave, hiring qualified security guards, enforcing a “drinking up time” policy 30 minutes before close and keeping windows and entrance doors shut to keep the noise down.

The owner wrote: “As a business we value our reputation and are committed to trading within the law.”

Boom Battle Bar has requested to stay open an extra two hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. It will continue to close at 11.30pm other nights and 10.30pm on Sundays.

Westminster City council will consider the application during a licensing meeting tomorrow (Thursday).

Boom Battle Bar has been contacted for comment.

Pictured top: The Boom Battle Bar (Picture: Google Street View)

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