Peter Stringfellow, noted lap dancing club owner, has died aged 77 of lung cancer.
He started his career is nightclub management in 1962 in Sheffield. He started by renting St. Aidan's Church Hall in Sheffield every Friday night, operating the Black
Cat Club, booking some notable bands at the time. He worked his way upwards with ever bigger nightclubs featuring ever more famous bands.
n 1986, he opened Stringfellow's New York which was frequented by New York celebrities. In 1989, he opened
Stringfellow's Miami, and then Stringfellow's Los Angeles in 1990.
In 1990, Stringfellow introduced table dancing to his New York club with a licensing deal with Michael J. Peters. This became Stringfellow's Presents Pure Platinum. In 1996,
Cabaret of Angels, a table-side dancing club was opened for three nights a week at Stringfellow's Covent Garden.
In 2006, Stringfellow opened his second adult entertainment club named Angels in Wardour Street, Soho. He was the first club owner to
gain a fully nude licence from Westminster City Council. In 2009, he criticised the Policing and Crime Act 2009, saying the licensing changes with regards to lap dancing were unnecessary and he would be appealing to the European Court of Human Rights if
his current licences were not renewed.
In 2012, he was granted the necessary Sexual entertainment venues (SEV) Licence for Stringfellow's Covent Garden and Angels Soho, and was able to successfully market Angels as providing rooms for the
entertainment in privacy of young women in lingerie.
Stringfellow's Covent Garden is still operating and will continue to feature table side dancing.