The news of FIST's closure first broke when Suzi sent an email to club regulars.
Local police had apparently been gathering evidence for some months that sex had been
taking place on the club's premises.
What has happened is that a 'concerned' citizen wrote a letter to various governing
bodies about the activities that were taking place at FIST. I only found this out a
few days ago............. We were told that these activites had to stop. So I have
decided to close the club because I do not want to run a watered down version of
what FIST is about. This is a real shame and I am VERY sad to have to do this
and I can't believe that somone out there wanted to ruin the best gay fetish club
that London has. I feel the closing is for the best.
Richard Porter the local councillor with responsibility for community safety in Southwark
"I was deeply disturbed to hear of the
undercover operation the police had undertaken at the club. We must remind
ourselves that Fist has been open for nine years, five of those in
Camberwell, without incident. It amazes me that as a result of one
complaint, the club must now close.
Surely what consenting adults get up to on private
property is a matter for them and the police should not seek to get
involved. For me, this is a matter of fundamental human rights.
I have had several conversations with the police and it is regrettable
that they will not negotiate with us with regard to the continuation of
There've been rumours that the original complaint which caused all the trouble came
from a rival promoter but Suzi says there's no proof even though the owner of the
Imperial Gardens venue, where FIST takes place, is convinced they know the complainant's
Whatever you think of FIST and whatever your view on backrooms, it's hardly a shock to
discover that sex has been taking place at FIST. At a time when the law's being changed
to decriminalise sex in public places where it's unlikely to offend, we can't understand
why the local Police haven't got better things to do than send officers to watch men
having sex in a private club on a Saturday night. Next year millions are being spent to promote London
as a world-class gay destination with an unbeatable nightlife. What's the point, if
the Police are going to behave like this?