19 Dering Street
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On the evening of Saturday 22 February 2014 I attended this venue located on 19 Dering St, London W1S 1AH to celebrate an old friend’s 24th birthday. At 2142 my friend decided to take his t-shirt off on the dance floor to boogie on down to his favourite 80s track. He was quickly removed from the venue by three bouncers, which to be honest I found - as he was not proving to be a threat nor inconveniencing any other guests - a little bit over the top. That said I can see the logic behind the decision to remove him from the venue - the rest of us decided to finish up our drinks and move on. As we left the venue and entered the street we were greeted by two members of the door staff shouting obscenities towards my friend and a couple of ladies in our group who left with him. Being told to “f*ck off” and to “get the f*ck out of here” was completely uncalled for and outright unprofessional. After hearing “f*ck off” for the fourth time I decided to ask for the door members identification numbers as I was going to make a complaint to the bar and the SIA. The doormen refused to give me his details which I believe is in breach of his working practice. I then proceeded to take a photograph of the doorman who was proving to be ‘a bit big for his boots’ for want of a better phrase. Upon photographing him (which was completely legal as he was standing in a public place) he swung a punch at my hand resulting in my mobile phone landing 10-15ft away — which no doubt was the intention when throwing hist fist. Another doorman then tried to push me away from the venue. I stopped him in his tracks and stated that I did not invite him to touch me and that any further contact would be regarded as assault. He soon stopped. At no point was I, or any of our mixed group confrontational. I asked to speak with the head doorman and manager of the venue. I was refused this opportunity. This matter has now been reported to the police and The Home Office’s SIA department after such non-cooperation from the door staff and the licensed SIA member. I believe this member of staff is at fault by: - Refusing to give me his details - Refusing to get a manager - Throwing a punch with the intention of causing personal harm and criminal damage I tried to resolve this issue at the venue with no luck. I strongly advise against visiting this venue, after my personal experience here and a general trend form other reviews that they seem to treat their clientele with utter contempt.