Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Hardy's Fulham dance studio has been licensed to sell booze despite residents' fears it will be used as a nightclub.
Karen Hardy Dance Studios in The Boulevard, Imperial Wharf, was licensed to serve alcohol after a meeting of Hammersmith and Fulham Council's licensing sub-committe.
It had originally asked to serve drinkers until 2am on Friday and Saturdays and 11pm during the week, but changed its application twice after residents wrote to the council.
"We see this taking on the character of a nightclub," said Riverside Tower resident Chris Littmoden CBE on behalf of Imperial Wharf East Residents' Association in one of the 16 objection letters. "We were lead to believe that the emphasis would be on dancing classes rather than a club offering entertainment and serving alcohol. We would have expressed stronger reservations at the time had we been presented with the complete picture," he added.
The club eventually asked to open until just 11pm every night, serving alcohol until 10.30pm, which appeased some residents. Its application was granted last month.
But on Friday one of the objectors, Fountain House resident Mathew Ring, 44, whose bedroom window overlooks the studio, said: "I'm not happy. The general feeling is that we have been let down. We were told it was going to be a health and fitness studio but in the evenings it is more or less a nightclub.
"When we saw their website, it was clear there are going to be hen parties and things like that."
However, licence applicant Conrad Murray denied that there will be hen parties, claiming it was poor use of wording on their website.
He added: "We would like to make it clear that Karen Hardy Studios is for members only. It is not a drop in bar for anybody to visit on a whim."
It has employed an acoustic engineer to minimise noise, he said, adding that all residents' objections were addressed at the licensing hearing.