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Star directors back new Premises Licence for independent cinema in Camden’s Cumulative Impact Policy area Published Date: 08/07/2019

The Garden Cinema, a new independent arts cinema and media hub in Seven Dials, Covent Garden London has been granted a premises licence enabling it to serve alcohol and show films as an exception to the London Borough of Camden’s strict Cumulative Impact Policy. The project is the brainchild of Michael Chambers, the founder of the well-known Chambers & Partners Legal Directories.

The cinema, which will show a mix of documentaries, new releases and worldwide cinema classics, has the support of award-winning film directors Ken Loach and Mike Leigh OBE who both provided evidence in support of the application. At the hearing, Gary Grant, Counsel for the applicant observed:

“It’s not often I put forward a letter in support of an application from a director that has won a Palme d’Or at Cannes. It’s even less frequently I can put forward two letters from two directors who have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.”

Gary Grant of Francis Taylor Building acted for the applicant instructed by Andrew Wong and Marcus Lavell of Keystone Law