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23/02/00
Go-Ahead for 24 Hour Drinking
- Licensing laws to be relaxed in new initiative

CITY centre pubs are to get the go-ahead to open 24 hours a day in a new scheme to be announced by the government next month.

Visitors to London have often been caught unawares by Britain's out-dated licensing laws which mean most pubs and bars have to put up the shutters at 11 o'clock Over the last decade, there has been a big increase in clubs and restaurant/bars which have skirted round the current laws, but the familiar bar staff cry of "Can you finish your drinks PLEASE," and "Haven't you got homes to go to?" are still heard in most of the capital's drinking establishments well before midnight.

Government plans include a 24 hour rule for city centre venues with other pubs and bars restricted to a 1am close down. A Bill on the issue is now expected to be brought to Parliament in the autumn.




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