The City of London Corporation is proposing to ban all venues from staging lap dancing from September, claiming that
it has a damaging impact on women.
Charlie's Bar near Tower Hill, the only remaining club in the City to offer lap dancing, is expected to be affected.
Under new legislation, such venues can be forced by councils to apply for a licence to continue operating. Charlie's Bar, which is thought to offer lap dancing for two hours once a week, would almost certainly be refused a licence if the Corporation's
ban is confirmed by its policy resource committee.
Edward Lord, chairman of the licensing committee which recommended the ban, said there was a widely held view that this kind of normally male-only social activity serves to exclude women who work in financial services firms, or worse still
makes them feel harassed and under-valued .
City workers said those who visited such venues would simply go to neighbouring areas, such as Westminster, where there is no ban.
Alex Smith from Southend, said: The new rules are a good thing but a lot of men won't think so : My niece is a dancer, she is treated well and they do get choices of what they do, but I don't agree with it.