Don’t forget that the Government recently published a Draft Order titled The Licensing Act 2003 (Royal Wedding Licensing Hours) Order 2018 which proposes certain relaxations to licensed hours as a result of the forthcoming marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Miss Rachel Meghan Markle.  The Draft Order is available HERE

The Order, which we expect will be approved as drafted, will extend the hours for the sale or supply of alcohol in premises which have the benefit of an existing licence or certificate.  The Order will authorise the sale or supply of alcohol along with the provision of hot food and drink from 23:00 on both Friday 18th May 2018 and Saturday 19th May 2018 until 01:00 the following day provided alcohol is already permitted to be sold or supplied for consumption on the premises immediately prior to 23:00.

Regulated entertainment

However, the hours for any forms of regulated entertainment are not being extended and the extension for the retail sale of alcohol is in respect of alcohol being consumed on the premises only and therefore does not include off sales.

Therefore, should you wish to provide regulated entertainment during the additional hours and are not currently licensed, or want people to take their alcohol outside with them into an area which is not already licensed, such as a beer garden or patio, then you will need to give an appropriate Temporary Event Notice.  If you wish to discuss an extension or you need a Temporary Event Notice  at your premises please contact Lisa Gilligan

The content of this page is a summary of the law in force at the present time and is not exhaustive, nor does it contain definitive advice. Specialist legal advice should be sought in relation to any queries that may arise.