Recently closed nightclub Fabric could reopen its doors after lawyers held "secret talks" with the local council over licensing conditions, according to reports. The world-famous club closed in September after its license was revoked, following the drug-related deaths of two 18-year-olds.
The central London club is set to appeal against the decision, with a hearing scheduled to begin at Highbury Magistrates' Court on 28 November. However, according to the Islington Tribune, lawyers for the club, the council and police have already held talks to reach an out-of-court settlement that would allow the club to reopen.
Fabric co-owner Cameron Leslie told the paper there is a "non-disclosure agreement" between all parties, adding: "I'm not at liberty to say whether [discussions] are being had or not."
Islington Council refused to comment on the speculation discussions have been taking place. A spokesperson added: "We don't have any other comment ahead of the appeal, beyond our statement from September."
The decision from the council to close the hugely popular venue was met with dismay from clubbers and DJs, as well as Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury Emily Thornberry.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan also urged a "common sense solution that ensures the club remains open while protecting the safety of those who want to enjoy London's clubbing scene" following the closure.
Fabric's license was withdrawn following a review in the wake of Ryan Browne and Jack Crossle's deaths. Documents from the Metropolitan Police, released to the licensing committee, described the club as a "safe haven" for people to take drugs.
The documents added: "The failings of the management have led to an environment where illegal drug taking has become acceptable. If the premises have been permitted to remain open and operating in its current form, then there is a strong possibility that further drug-related deaths will occur."