stripped of licenses
By Marshall Bellamy
London has lost two notable community landmarks:
the Rendez-Vous strip club and Gloria's 'massage parlour,' forcing
loyal patrons to seek naked entertainment and rub and tugs elsewhere.
The London Board of Control has decided not
to renew the adult entertainment licenses of the Rendez-Vous
and Gloria's massage parlour, said London deputy mayor Russ
The applicants from the Rendez-Vous are prospective
owners who are seeking the adult entertainment license but cannot
prove they will be able to conduct business when the license
is granted, stated Monteith.
Along with their liquor license, the adult
entertainment license was surrendered by the current owners
after London Police conducted raids during the summer in a sting
in the area against crack dealers, explained Ward 3 councillor
"The Rendez-Vous was a hub of criminal
activity and has attracted criminals from all over the city,"
Gloria's license was not renewed because
the owners demonstrated misconduct in running the establishment
and the police department was particularly interested in some
of the finer points of the owners' license application, commented
Michelle Smibert, manager of licensing and elections at city
Police reports also indicated there were
criminal activities occurring at Gloria's, including the use
of the establishment as a brothel, stated Smibert, adding such
infractions led to the refusal to renew the adult entertainment
"A lot of those clubs [adult massage
parlours] are running without licenses," said Mark Burrows,
coordinator of Eyes on East London, noting the closure of the
establishments is welcome.
"How can you get a rub without a tug?"
asked fourth-year political science student Jon Hopkins, adding
both businesses will be sorely missed.