Catford French restaurant Le Bourgeois faces closure over 'sex in the basement'

The not so discreet charm of Le Bourgeois could mean it loses its licence

The aptly-named Eros House in Brownhill Road, Catford

Heidi Alexander MP

First published in Lewisham News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

OOH la la! A Catford French restaurant could lose its licence over allegations of sex in the basement, fighting, drug use and people defecating outside.

Neighbours claim they have been getting an Eiffel of seedy goings-on at Le Bourgeois, situated beneath the Eros House block of flats on Brownhill Road.

Reports from the Met Police, calling for the licence to be revoked, are being considered at Catford town hall this week and detail a range of allegations.

They include complaints that customers have been romping in the basement, watching stripteases in the early hours and, during a summer pool party, having sex in the block‘s stairwell.

Police say they also found numerous business cards for a weekly late night adult party called Thick Lick, believed to be linked to the venue.

Advertised delights on offer included "male and female performers, exotic dancers, private rooms" and a "birthday special".

Neighbours have also reported a gun being fired, fighting by customers, cannabis smoking, gambling, pools of urine and used condoms strewn outside by boozing punters.

Lewisham East MP Heidi Alexander said she was first contacted about the problems nine months ago.

She said: "People talked about having to clean up faeces from outside the restaurant.

"They told me there are strippers inside and there are people having sex at the back of the restaurant."

Ms Alexander said: "Given the length of time that these problems have been going on, I do think some serious action needs to be taken."

The licence will be reviewed at a Lewisham Council licensing committee on Thursday (January 17).

News Shopper: The aptly-named Eros House in Brownhill Road, Catford

"I have to leave my flat at weekends."

NEIGHBOURS claim the restaurant is driving them crazy and have revealed the problems in a series of anonymous statements to police:

- "It is having a detrimental effect to my physical and mental well being and has gotten to the stage where I have to leave my flat on weekends and look for where I can go to in order that I can have a peaceful weekend."

- "On several occasions I saw finger and hands prints places on the bonnet of my car in a compromising position."

- "There are lots of strange people wandering the building, usually very drunk, stinking of alcohol and or carrying bottles/cans of strong alcohol."

- "I have been informed by a co-resident that sex activities are going on in the basement… she found used condoms constantly in the basement after parties at Le Bourgeois."

- "The noise, fighting, gangs hanging around, drug dealing, shouting and screaming, all from this club, is getting to my wits end."

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2:46pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Carparkattendant says...

Why is it I only hear about these things when it is too late !
Why is it I only hear about these things when it is too late ! Carparkattendant
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5:56pm Mon 14 Jan 13

madras says...

well, it is a French restaurant - how terribly bourgeois!
well, it is a French restaurant - how terribly bourgeois! madras
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9:33pm Mon 14 Jan 13

ron.1952 says...

Oh come along please. What would one expect from a night out in Catford.
Salubrious it will never be, never has been never will be.
Oh come along please. What would one expect from a night out in Catford. Salubrious it will never be, never has been never will be. ron.1952
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2:32pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Have your say says...

Theres only one good thing about Catford....when the traffics clear you can drive through it in 2 minutes!!

What a sh** ****
Theres only one good thing about Catford....when the traffics clear you can drive through it in 2 minutes!! What a sh** **** Have your say
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