Fabric could reopen with secret negotiations reportedly at advanced stage

If an agreement is reached, a deal could be made as early as next week

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London nightclub Fabric was closed permanantly in September despite a petition against the move being signed by over 160,000 people. However, it's now emerged that "advanced discussions" between Islington Council and the London Met could see the popular venue open its doors once again.

The Islington Tribune has exclusively revealed that discussions have progressed so much that a deal could be made as early as next week should they find a judge to rubber-stamp the agreement.

The nightspot, based in Farringdon, had initially closed temporarily following the deaths of two teenagers from suspected drug overdoses earlier in the year. Its licence was revoked ahead of Islington Council's final ruling in September that saw the popular spot closed for good.

Fabric was set to appeal the closure in Highbury Magistrates Court at the end of November but this unexpected step could see an out-of-court decision ruled instead.

Bosses had submitted a document comprised of fresh safety measures that would prevent such tragic occurrences from happening again should the nightclub reopen. The document also detailed 32 new licence conditions which stated the club would operate "to a gold standard."

Following the Council's decision, thousands signed a petition to save the nightclub with a campaign named #saveourculture funding Fabric's legal battle; so far it has amassed £320,000.

Chairman of the Night Time Industries Association speaking after the closing of Fabric

Shortly after the news was announced, leaked documents suggested that the closure was a pre-planned event orchestrated by a cash-strapped council.

Fabric's reopening would be a huge step in restoring London's nightlife. Earlier this month, London mayor Sadiq Khan - who previously urged the two parties to reach an agreement - appointed broadcaster Amy  Lamé as the city's first ever Night Czar, a popular choice considering her stripes as an LGBT event-runner since the mid-Nineties.

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