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Newsline: Brazil hits out at plans for strip club below its London consulate

A row has erupted over proposals to open a strip club in the basement of the Brazilian Consulate building in London. The Consulate-General of Brazil branded the plans for a late-night nude bar underneath its offices off Oxford Street “absolutely inappropriate” and said it could violate the country’s right to adequately perform its duties. The consulate occupies most of the six-storey building in Vere Street, while the ground and basement floors are rented out separately and have previously been a Lebanese restaurant which shut during the pandemic. Clarmans Clubs, led by the team behind SophistiCats gentlemen’s clubs, has applied for a sex entertainment venue (SEV) licence to provide “full nudity striptease” in the basement. In an objection to the plans submitted to Westminster council, the consulate said: “We find it absolutely inappropriate to allow a sexual entertainment venue to be established in the same building where consular functions are regularly exercised and through which circulate children, elderly and vulnerable people every day. “Not to mention the clear inconsistency that there would be between the granting of the required licence and the commitment undertaken by parties to the Vienna Convention to co-operate for the adequate performance of functions by consular posts.” (https://news.yahoo.com/brazil-hits-plans-strip-club-103449394.html) Brazil uses the offices to issue visas and help its citizens with problems as a support space to its main embassy near Trafalgar Square.

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