UK's most famous strip club to close to honour Queen Elizabeth II's funeral
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The UK’s most famous strip club is set to remain closed on Monday (19 September) as a mark of respect for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
Stringfellows, a globally famous gentlemen’s club in London’s West End, has confirmed that they will not be opening on Monday, joining the many businesses that are set to remain shuttered for the duration of the day of the late monarch’s funeral.
Whilst the club has not released a direct statement on the matter, they did share a tribute to the Queen on their Instagram page.
That post read: “We are truly saddened by the death of Her Majesty, The Queen.
“How devastated we all feel today shows just how much she meant to this country and around the world.
“How much she inspired us with her leadership. How she comforted us when times were tough. Until her last days she served our country with dignity and grace.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Our Royal family.”
Stringfellows is described on the business website as being ‘famous worldwide for beautiful women, lavish parties, and A-list celebrities'.
The description continues: “Bringing together burlesque and acrobatic performances the stage is set for a scintillating and seductive show that is a feast for the senses.”
Ordinarily, the club is open Monday to Saturday every week from 8.00pm until ‘late’, and offers fine dining and party hire as well as the usual things you might expect from an adult nightclub.
The club was founded 41 years ago by hospitality entrepreneur Peter Stringfellow, who created a club that – they claim – ‘lives on the border of fantasy and reality seducing some of the biggest names and celebrities through its doors for nights of endless fun’.
Well, the fun is set to end – however temporarily – on Monday, whilst the Queen’s state funeral takes place.
Peter Stringfellow himself died back in 2018 at the age of 77 after a lifetime of club ownership and partying.
He introduced table dancing to his New York club back in 1990, before bringing it back over to the UK.
Prior to adult entertainment, he had been involved in the cabaret scene, but also the music scene, with bands such as The Who, Pink Floyd, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Rod Stewart featuring at his venues.
In 2006, his club in London’s Soho area became the first to gain a licence to have fully nude performers from Westminster City Council.
A colourful character in life, he was often critical of what he deemed to be ‘unnecessary’ laws regarding lap dancing, but managed to make a successful career out of it nonetheless.