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Wednesday, 4 July 2012


Those living within the vicinity of Harrods wish they didn't. Their lives and the value of their properties have been hugely and negatively affected by successive owners anxious to sweat the site for as much revenue as possible. Harrods cares not one iota for residents.  Councillors promise-year in and year out-to do something about rickshaws, super cars, drug dealers, prostitutes, beggars, etc drawn to the area around Harrods.... but they do nothing. 
In the meantime, residents put up with all of the above-plus litter and the consequent vermin infestation.
Now Harrods want to sell alcohol up to 11.00 pm practically 
every day !!!
If RBK&C permits this it will do two things...

  • Increase socially unacceptable behaviour
  • Set a precedent for other stores in the area 

    This application needs to be fought tooth and nail. Please circulate the link The Hornet to EVERYBODY you know asking them to object to the Council in the strongest possible terms. This is the thin end of a very wide wedge. There is every possibility that Harrods will soon apply for permission to develop a hotel on the top two floors
    The licensing register and application information is held electronically and can be viewed on line at alternatively applications and licences can be viewed by appointment with the licensing team at 
    37 Pembroke Road
    London, W8 6PW  020 7341 5152   


 Application for the grant of a new premises licence for the following licensable activities :- Film Exhibitions, Live and Recorded Music, Performances of Dance and Entertainment Similar to Music/Dance, Facilities for Making Music, Dancing and Similar Entertainment Monday to Saturday 9am to 11pm Sunday 10am to 11pm (unrestricted hours for private entertainment) Late Night Refreshment Monday to Saturday 11pm to 11.30pm Sunday 11pm to midnight (00.30 in the Georgian Restaurant) Sale and Supply of Alcohol both On and Off the premises Monday to Saturday 9am to 11pm Sunday 10am to 10.30pm (midnight in the Georgian Restaurant) Non Standard Times for all the above - From the end of permitted hours on New Year's Eve to the start of permitted hours on New Year's Day The proposed activities and times are the same as those permitted under the existing premises licence. This application has been made to permit more flexible uses of the areas where alcohol may be supplied. To facilitate this the applicant has proposed the following conditions 1. Alcohol may be supplied for consumption on or off the premises from any place within the store provided the areas for such supply have been indicated on plans supplied to the Licensing Authority. 2. In the event that the areas permitted for the supply of alcohol noted on the plans attached to the premises licence were to change, new plans are to be lodged with the police and licensing authority in advance of any change and any such change to be subject to veto by the police or licensing authority within 10 working days of receipt of plans by them Steps to Promote Licensing Objectives a) General - all four licensing objectives (b, c, d, e) Unrestricted hours for regulated entertainment for indoor private use Alcohol may be supplied for consumption on or off the premises from any place within the store provided the areas for such supply have been indicated on plans supplied to the Licensing Authority. In the event that the areas permitted for the supply of alcohol noted on the plans attached to the premises licence were to change, new plans are to be lod Last date for objections/representations 19/07/2012 Licensing Team Contact Details of where the licensing register is kept and when and where the application can be viewed


  1. another by-election another chance for "the Chicken" to stand - which he did not

  2. Hilarious...councillors are such chickens that none dare challenge their 14 year old and useless leader!
    The idea of being in the same room as many of 'our councillors' fills one with revulsion. The ones that are not paedophiles are stupid, craven and boring. And others, who have to be nameless, are corrupt and on the take!
    Much better to be outside blasting away at boy loving perverts and greedy

  3. Anonymous 12.41 is too cryptic. Please translate.

    The Council encourages various nuisances at residents' expense by its permissive attitude towards Big Business. The little guys are expected to put up and shut up.

    Harrods wants to grab everyone's nights' sleep in pursuit of profit. Yet I understood the current owners disapprove of alcohol.

  4. 12:41
    is a Conservative councillor who was 'fingered'by the Dame for an over active interest in very young boys and gross abuse of council resources.
    He is very angry at having been exposed(and a very unpleasant sight too!)

  5. What is the position of the Brompton Ward Councillors about this matter. Cllr Marshall, Mosley and Abbas?

  6. Every resident MUST write to the Council and make a fuss. It is incredible that an Arab owned organisation is so keen to encourage the use of alcohol - something that it could not do in its own country

  7. Harrods has caused a blight on property owners in the South Kensington area. Local residents have experienced a collapse in their quality of life in recent years because so much low life is attracted to the area by the Harrods initiatives and K&C council and its Ward Councillors do not seem to give stuff about the opinions of people who elected them as representatives and pay their allowances

    Very sad. The house that Cockell built

  8. I feel sorry for those people who have to endure the excesses and anti social behaviour around Harrods. Who would have believed that customers of Harrods of all places are causing this type of disruption. It is a sign of the times, Harrods is not what it once was and is just a tourist attraction. The answer is for the Counsel to start doing it's job properly and seek a meeting with the management at Harrods and agree some sensible, responsible, resident considerate guidelines and work together in harmony. It really is not asking too much for this Counsel to do it's job properly.

  9. I would also add that it shows up the inexperience and arrogance of the councillors who probably could not give a monkeys. Cllr Marshall is a good example of all that is wrong with RBK&C.

  10. Cllr Marshall thinks we are dumb...
    He writes saying that 'lets try to persuade them to use just one door'.
    Whose pocket are you in, Marshall?
    We want no late night boozing. I suppose you think now you have moved to Coutts you will manage some Al Thani money...forget it you polo playing twit!

  11. It is outrageously hypocritical for the Qataris to pretend to be Islamic and yet use their money to make more money flogging booze...disgusting

  12. Harrods used to be a top department store for gentlefolk. We went there to buy prep school uniforms for the children. Then the dreadful man from Egypt turned it into a bazaar for the vulgar rich to buy from "brand" concessions in the store. The clientele nose dived.

    Now the bazaar culture is spreading outside to the public spaces. Pavement cafes, prostitutes, late night noise and alcohol, drag races and all sorts of low life.

    When will Cllr Marshall notice that change has taken place? When will he get the Council to reverse the tide? When will residents get some relief?

    Useless polo stick

  13. The three Councillors of Brompton Ward (Marshall, Mosley and Abbas) have a chance to demonstrate that they are useful

    1. I totally agree with you . We had with the late Shireen Ritchie somebody to stand for us. Let us see if our "elected' Councillors care for the residents.

  14. I am afraid that this again shows the councillors up in a very dim light. In particular Cllr Marshall thinks he is the bees knees and ever so important. Far too important to deal with the domestic going on outside what used to be the finest department Store in the country. Like many things in this country the standards of taste and behaviour are poor. The area outside Harrods is no different. I just hope that this reaches the ears of the Quatari Royal family who I am sure would withdraw this rather odious and antisocial alcohol application. The Councillors should also do the right thing and support the local residents without hesitation.

  15. What is it with the new Senior Qatari management of Harrods ? After Al Fayyed ,who wasted away the Royal Warrants, we find the Royals of Qatar who restrict Alcohol in their country are hell bent on bringing their kids to London to drink and frolic within the confines of Harrods, as if the residents of Knightsbridge did not have enough from Cafe Laduree.
    Did the Qatari Royal family ask their muslim Imam Qaradawi who preaches on ALjazeera every Sunday whether this is allowed under Islamic Law. Where is your islamic morals AL THANI ?

  16. Mr. Jonathan Bore, Executive Director, Planning and Borough Development
    This is an open letter to you and your honourable committee to please refuse Harrods application we residents have rights also to live in peace. Laduree has degraded Knightsbridge enough why do you want to extend the residents misery until late hours of the evening ??? Harrods will still pay their taxes like everybody else why are you scared of them??? You are dragging .the area from the jewel in the Crown to the pits. The area has become like down town Calcutta with rickshaws, prostitutes, drug dealers,etc... Please consider carefully , this is a Department Store not a late night venue for antisocial behaviour for Qataris.

  17. It seems to me that Harrods is fast a becoming an entertainment venue rather than a department store. How long will it be until they turn it into a Hotel (as they doing elsewhere in the world) ? and will the Council roll over and grant permission for this too? Henry Harrod must be spinning in his grave!!!!!!


    H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani
    C/O H.E. Khalid Rashid Salim Alk-Homoudi Alk-Mansouri
    1, South Audlet Street
    London, W1K 1NB


    N.B. Sheikh Hamad is one the nicest people you can ever meet



    TO :
    ATTN : M/S Sharon Dyball
    RE : Harrods Licensing Application
    Copy to :

    Amongst other things you must mention these four reason:
    Prevention of Public Nuisance
    Prevention of Crime and Disorder
    Public Safety
    Protection of Children from Harm


    TO :
    RE : DPS/DC S/PP/12/01682 Harrods Extension of Trading Hours
    Copy to :

    Amongst other things you must mention these four reason:
    Prevention of Public Nuisance
    Prevention of Crime and Disorder
    Public Safety
    Protection of Children from Harm

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