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Mayor: I'm disappointed over Fabric closure

London Mayor Sadiq Khan Credit: PA

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has criticised the decision to close Fabric nighclub after police concerns over drugs on the premises.

He described the 17-year-old music venue on Farringdon's Charterhouse Street as "an essential part of London's nightlife."

Mr Khan said he was "disappointed" that Fabric nightclub, Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police had failed to reach an agreement, after police raised concerns about drugs on the premises.

Fabric on Farringdon's Charterhouse Street Credit: ITV News

London's iconic clubs are an essential part of our cultural landscape.

Clubbing needs to be safe but I'm disappointed that Fabric, Islington Council and the Metropolitan Police were unable to reach agreement on how to address concerns about public safety.

As a result of this decision, thousands of people who enjoyed going to Fabric as an essential part of London's nightlife will lose out.

The issues faced by Fabric point to a wider problem of how we protect London's night-time economy, while ensuring it is safe and enjoyable for everyone."

– London Mayor Sadiq Khan

The club closed temporarily after the deaths of two teenagers from suspected drug overdoses earlier this year, and last month the Met applied to the council for the licence to be reviewed.

The Mayor said that London had lost 50% of its nightclubs and 40% of its live music venues over the last eight years.

"This decline must stop if London is to retain its status as a 24-hour city with a world-class nightlife", he said.

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