Yesterday it was announced that the Pride London WorldPride parade was to be significantly scaled down. Today we can confirm that the Met will be strictly enforcing licensing rules in Soho on the day. The following statement has been issued, confirming that no events take place in Soho and all celebrations are expected to take place within licensed premises.

‘This is to notify you that there will be no official World Pride events taking place in Soho on Saturday the 7th of July.’

‘Licensing regulations will be that of any normal day. The event in Golden Square has been cancelled and World Pride will have no official activities in Soho. We do expect the day’s celebrations to continue within licensed premises and for Soho to be very busy.’

‘Westminster City Council’s Premises Licence which coversthe public highway areas in Soho is not being utilised on this day, therefore no Licensable Activities can take place on the public highway.’

‘Premises may only trade in accordance with their existing Premises Licence conditions, as on any normal day.’

‘No furniture or equipment may be placed on the publichighway outside of your premises.’

‘No PA systems are to be placed on the public highway and nomusic should be audible outside of your premises, as with any normal day.’

‘The Licensing Authorities wish to inform you that premisesthat are in breach of their Premises Licence will be subject tostrict enforcement action, which may ultimately result in Review proceedings.’

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