London nightclub the Ministry of Sound has become the first venue in the UK to be granted a 24-hour drinking licence. As of 24 November, the club will be able to sell liquor until it closes its doors: that is 5am on weekdays and 7am on Saturday nights. This does not change the club’s opening hours, but it no longer has to call last orders at 2am. Local authority Southwark council has not received any objections to the request. The club’s head of promotions, Phil Sales, told DJ magazine: "Getting a 24-hour licence was essential for us. This way, we can offer our clubbers even more for their money and once again that little bit extra over the competition." In celebration of the new licence, the club is to throw a party on Saturday 26 November, during which the club will stay open until 11am the following day.