Royal Wedding Fact Sheet

A few useful pointers for Premises Licence Holders for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

  • Any premises permitted to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises up to or beyond 23:00 have hours extended until 01:00 in the early hours of the morning on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May 2018;
  • The hours are extended for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises, regulated entertainment and for the provision of hot food and drink;
  • This does not generally extend hours on Premises Licences by an additional two hours, so premises permitted to sell alcohol until 01:00 or beyond already will simply be able to operate to their existing hours;
  • Any conditions on the Premises Licence would continue to apply for the additional hours, for example a condition requiring door staff from 21:00, when premises would normally close at 23:00, would extend through to 01:00 if the additional hours are used;
  • The additional opening hours, which the premises currently benefit from under the Premises Licence after the sale of alcohol finishes, will continue, for example, premises allowed to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises to 23:00 but closing at 23:30 would be allowed to sell alcohol until 01:00, closing at 01:30;
  • The sale of alcohol is only extended for consumption on the premises.  Therefore, if an outside area does not form part of the licensed premises, then alcohol could not be taken to the outside area after the hour that alcohol sales for consumption off the premises normally end.  The only way that alcohol could be taken outside for consumption off the premises for the additional hours up to 01:00 would be by way of a TEN;
  • Any reference to issuing a TEN would only be of relevance provided the relevant limits have not been reached in terms of the number of TENs that can be issued each year by the premises, or by individuals, and that there are no more than 499 customers and staff on the premises.