My Unlicensed Hovercraft Bar Is Technically Legal

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If you want to sell alcohol in England, you need a license. But the Licensing Act 2003 has some unusual exceptions. • Thanks to Marc and the team from the Axceler-8 Hovercraft Centre: • Behind the scenes:
Licensing Act 2003:
Filmed safely:
Camera: Matt Gray
Logistics and original idea: Jonty Wareing
Thanks to: Rob Hiseman
Editor: Michelle Martin
Audio mix: Graham Haerther
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  • As ever, thanks to everyone who helped out with this! In particular Marc, whose hovercraft will have had a faint smell of beer about it for a day or two afterwards...

    Tom ScottTom Scott3 kuukautta sitten
    • Best of luck with making videos in the new British lockdown, I read your covid safety webpage

      Geo _Geo _10 päivää sitten
    • I need one

      JoeyjoeygloobJoeyjoeygloob15 päivää sitten
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      MAGAMAGAUukausi sitten
    • You should colab with CGP Grey

      Hope RockHope Rock2 kuukautta sitten
    • @Yudi Merber about 60moh

      Axceler-8 Hovercraft CentreAxceler-8 Hovercraft Centre2 kuukautta sitten
  • youre the reason laws are too long

    Gwendolyn DokbuaGwendolyn Dokbua10 tuntia sitten
  • .

    AruminArumin13 tuntia sitten
  • Why are they wearing masks? This is ages ago.

    2,4,6- Trinitromethylbenzene2,4,6- Trinitromethylbenzene2 päivää sitten
  • I understand a flying licence is needed for the hovercraft pilot, as it is technically flying.

    Madison AddamsMadison Addams2 päivää sitten
  • 0:03 Correction: You need a _loicense_ to sell alcohol in England.

    ShivanshShivansh2 päivää sitten
  • The shouts of triumph 🤘

    sue lawsonsue lawson3 päivää sitten
  • Thank you to Marc! He's a legend! You as well, Tom, for the idea:)

    Иван ИвановИван Иванов5 päivää sitten
  • my hovercraft is full of eels.

    hondacrxrushondacrxrus5 päivää sitten
  • Nice subtitles

    RailgunnovRailgunnov7 päivää sitten
  • This has to be one of the most British things I have ever seen.

    Andrej JAndrej J7 päivää sitten
  • this title got better and better with each word

    funny robotfunny robot8 päivää sitten
  • *My Hovercraft is full of eels*

    nix ixnix ix8 päivää sitten
  • Could you open a " pirate " radio station right on the edge of international waters and play music ???

    Aaron DavisAaron Davis9 päivää sitten
  • "I am not a good bartender" I strongly disagree.

    DrackarDrackar9 päivää sitten
  • i work as a bartender and this.... this is endlessly entertaining to me. laws can make things fun sometimes

    89879289879210 päivää sitten
  • Legend.

    TacospacemanTacospaceman10 päivää sitten
  • The queens tax service after watching this:

    Day Zero GamingDay Zero Gaming10 päivää sitten
  • “Things You May Not Know” Before this video, I don’t think I could’ve even known you had a hovercraft pub.

    Neeron BhattaNeeron Bhatta11 päivää sitten
  • never have coke zero with vodka🤦🏽‍♂️

    Reeko BzaRReeko BzaR11 päivää sitten
  • "That was legitness"

    Vitus TillebeckVitus Tillebeck12 päivää sitten
  • 0:04 Aren't the captions supposed to be "you need a licen *s* e?"

    Haiwen GaoHaiwen Gao13 päivää sitten
  • Would it be legal to do most of the transaction while stationary, and just move while the payment is being taken, and drink is handed out

    Robert SRobert S13 päivää sitten
  • couldn't you stop and let them on, serve them, and then let them off? I feel like that would be much better for client enjoyment.

    Isaac Bragg-GardinerIsaac Bragg-Gardiner13 päivää sitten
  • Hey, mind if I borrow the name for when I open up a hovercraft alcohol-sale business?

    TippexTippex13 päivää sitten
  • In the days when pubs in Wales had to stay shut on Sundays, people used to travel up and down one of the heritage railways which were the only place where you could legally buy booze. There is a legend that the railway had a special Sunday only season ticket and ran trains consisting only of buffet cars; but both of those may might be embellishments in the story

    True RiverTrue River14 päivää sitten
  • Brilliant exacuted video once again Tom 👌Could I possibly ask how the craft was powered? Was it a gasoline engine or was it a a charged electrical battery? Thanks 🙂

    assbalonkerfulassbalonkerful14 päivää sitten
  • One of the smartest blokes in the country is using a hovercraft to serve pints to get around laws. I love my country.

    Liam DawberLiam Dawber15 päivää sitten
  • My favourite video on the internet

    Luis FasanoLuis Fasano16 päivää sitten
  • I thought hovercrafts were water vehicles?

    talentless cult membertalentless cult member16 päivää sitten
  • Great idea testing loopholes so more vids to come? There was once a council sign at a local pond instructing "Persons must not enter the water from the banks." as if they thought that should stop people, but no, you can imagine people strapping on their parachute gear.

    pr vapr va17 päivää sitten
  • I love this sort of stuff.Someone would have gone shouldent we change this law? You could sell alcohol without a license from a hovercraft? And someone would have said naaa, while you could do it, no one is actually gonna do it, so no reason to change the law. And then someone does it! Laws really only get made or changed if someone really goes out and do something and someone says wait, that should be illegal. Which is also why there is plenty of laws that are there, but that no one really enforces, since they have gone obsolete.

    MrSirVikingMrSirViking17 päivää sitten
  • Tonight on bottom gear...

    I forgot My NameI forgot My Name17 päivää sitten
  • (to the tune of "Found Love in a Hopeless Place") WE SOLD BEER FROM A HOVERCRAFT

    jonathan slowikjonathan slowik17 päivää sitten
  • In the UK you have to measure how much alc you put inside a simple mixer?

    WiketWiket18 päivää sitten
  • 4:23 🤢 YUCK! COKE AND RUM!! I will file a complain to The Latin Booze Authority so you mix responsibly

    Néstor Abreu JiménezNéstor Abreu Jiménez19 päivää sitten
  • Just tells me there are too many laws in the UK

    The wondering EnglishmanThe wondering Englishman19 päivää sitten
  • I can imagine that those ride on model trains might be a tad more practical but this was a tad more fun

    Nelson GloverNelson Glover20 päivää sitten
  • "Because who's going to be crazy enough to sell alcohol from a moving hovercraft?" Someone, seeing this video: "Babe! I've heard the best idea for a business..."

    Sloane Mac TíreSloane Mac Tíre21 päivä sitten
  • It may not be illegal, but I'm happy to say it's probably a warcrime.

    puppy0cam has no lifepuppy0cam has no life21 päivä sitten
  • I do believe something that ridiculous legally grants you American citizenship. Well done.

    Cory L. O'HanlonCory L. O'Hanlon22 päivää sitten
  • lore? lar? ... you mean law? @0:06

    J TJ T22 päivää sitten
  • Crackhead crazy

    Fart SoundeffectFart Soundeffect23 päivää sitten
  • I am DEFINITELY checking this out here in the USA 🇺🇸

    Norman J. Murk Jr.Norman J. Murk Jr.23 päivää sitten
  • I see pubowners are resorting to drastic measures to avoid lockdown technicalities

    C CC C24 päivää sitten
  • I want Tom Scott as my lawyer.

    PushyPawnPushyPawn24 päivää sitten
  • The sequel to speed we needed

    Nathan stenzelNathan stenzel24 päivää sitten
  • AkeldamaAkeldama25 päivää sitten
  • If the hovercraft needs to be in motion for the selling to be legal does that mean that British trains can't serve alcohol while stopped for any reason?

    zeke1220zeke122025 päivää sitten
  • Wait, I want to hear more about these giant hovercraft that used to cross the English Channel!

    M1k3yM1k3y25 päivää sitten
    • that sounds brilliant, why’d they stop it?

      Onion BotOnion BotPäivä sitten
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    Åsa LedinÅsa Ledin25 päivää sitten
  • “Technically legal” is the best kind of legal

    MyselfMyself26 päivää sitten
    • This video is peak libright, all it’s missing is guns.

      M1k3yM1k3y25 päivää sitten
  • Ah yes a guy in a hovercraft yelling "that was legal!"

    hyperfuzzysniperhyperfuzzysniper28 päivää sitten
  • I didn't know FIboth had forced captions for different languages/difficult-to-hear speech (the latter in this case). that's cool.

    1K Productions1K Productions28 päivää sitten
  • tom you’re crazy! i can’t stop laughing hahaha

    una abadiuna abadi29 päivää sitten
  • So I could throw a keg in the back of my wagon and sell beer on the highway?

    Danbo42Danbo42Uukausi sitten
  • what a silly and stupid idea... thumbs up :)

    TigerChillsTigerChillsUukausi sitten
  • it starts with tax evasion and ends a "legal" bar

    Cyber CrakinCyber CrakinUukausi sitten
  • "Who would ever be ridiculous enough to serve alcohol from a moving hovercraft." I know of a guy.....

    Lexy StarwatcherLexy StarwatcherUukausi sitten
  • Didn’t realise the shot measures were a legal requirement, thought it was just places being cheap and not wanting to over serve you

    Lawrence ButlerLawrence ButlerUukausi sitten
  • Wow, fantastic...! 😅👍 But, just a tiny legal detail (there are 3.3k comments, can’t read them all); As I understood it when you referred to the licensing act, doesn’t the customer have to be a de jure passenger for legality’s sake? As an actual traveller aboard not running alongside on the grass? If not stated in the law, a totally ironic omission, leaving it de facto. Law school for MPs, anyone...? 😂👍

    Tomas SiqvelandTomas SiqvelandUukausi sitten
  • Nice Idea BUT, does it need to be a hovercraft ?

    Schrauber HugoSchrauber HugoUukausi sitten
  • This is a great example of "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

    migooksalammigooksalamUukausi sitten
  • Coming up on top gear......

    CamboCamboUukausi sitten
  • question is, was it then booked by matt to fly over the channel to sark

    mdmdUukausi sitten
  • Put the nozzle at the bottom of the glass, Tom And don't shake a gin martini! You are making me feel a lot better about my skills as a bartender XD

    Tom BackhouseTom BackhouseUukausi sitten
  • Is this his way of being edgy?

    ペターズジョシュアペターズジョシュアUukausi sitten
  • Tom Scott is LIVING! 😂

    Carrie ParsonsCarrie ParsonsUukausi sitten
  • Tonight on top gear......

    N BN BUukausi sitten
  • Strong wind, fresh air... A bunch of idiots on a hovercraft wearing masks.

    clray123clray123Uukausi sitten
  • I just open the cc caption for english, well its changed colour when other narrator speaking just wanna know how to works?

    Ernesryst JackinnErnesryst JackinnUukausi sitten
  • Do this again but make it full of eels!

    Julia LiliensteinJulia LiliensteinUukausi sitten
  • Nothing is more badass than breaking the law without actually breaking it

    Pablo David ClavijoPablo David ClavijoUukausi sitten
  • but does it sell a substantial meal

    Kit RoseKit RoseUukausi sitten
  • Nobody: "But sir, is that legal?" Tom: "I will make it legal." Tom: gets in hovercraft

    Thore GriesThore GriesUukausi sitten
  • i love british accents so much. "vodker and coke"

    Noah RNoah RUukausi sitten
  • Americans going through gun law loop holes like

    zeebl0ckzeebl0ckUukausi sitten
  • There should be a convincing reason to justify why you don’t need a license to sell alcohol “ when you are on a journey”. Patrons are in the state of reasonable mind at the point of purchase because they have to move concurrently with the seller. Under this circumstance, sellers are waived the duty of care for the patrons if they are intoxicated by questionable alcohol.

    Herman JacobsHerman JacobsUukausi sitten
  • Hmmm should have numbered the menu to make it easier.

    LhorezLhorezUukausi sitten
  • I was shocked when the price of the Gin and Tonic was just £1.50 😮 like oh the many benefits of Hovercraft liquor sales aside from no need for a licence id reduced rent and taxes.

    Chris SatorChris SatorUukausi sitten
  • In finland we have the same law but you have to mark Specific area where your selling the drinks

    onnipoika 11onnipoika 11Uukausi sitten
  • I didn’t know hovercrafts were an actual thing.

    The Grey SunThe Grey SunUukausi sitten
  • Couldn't you have just picked him up in the hovercraft..conducted your business and dropped him off?

    Gunther Ultrabolt NovacrunchGunther Ultrabolt NovacrunchUukausi sitten
  • 3:20 legally have to measure your drinks. No wonder America was formed.

    John JohnsonJohn JohnsonUukausi sitten
  • Eh, this whole alcohol "licensing" thing is just a scam for the gov't to get its fingers into one more pie anyway. Good on you, Tom.

    Matthew HillMatthew HillUukausi sitten
  • "The hoverpub is alive!" -Tom Scott

    Crrat26Crrat26Uukausi sitten
  • *tom scott in a nutshell, everyone*

    Lauren LaiLauren LaiUukausi sitten
  • A mulled wine Christmas hovercraft bar sounds nice. But sadly, after checking the hovercraft in the garage, I noticed that it it still full of eels.

    usernameusernameUukausi sitten
  • Would this also work on a "light railway" ?

    David LewisDavid LewisUukausi sitten
  • Why is no one talking about colored subtitles

    TerrazonTerrazonUukausi sitten
    • Also thats "different position"...

      Ernesryst JackinnErnesryst JackinnUukausi sitten
    • yes

      Ernesryst JackinnErnesryst JackinnUukausi sitten
  • Give me a drink bartender

    Mahindra DaimaryMahindra DaimaryUukausi sitten
  • Tom is like that guy who says 'I never said ***when*** I was gonna pay you' after they lose a bet or something. Looking for the little loopholes..

    Black RocketBlack RocketUukausi sitten
  • Hah, the Hoverpub!

    AetheralMeowsticAetheralMeowsticUukausi sitten
  • I love how in all these videos tom is clearly having a lot of fun

    WeebsWeebsUukausi sitten
  • If it didn’t have the protective cover on the fan you could call the pub *The Severed Arms*

    RUFU5RUFU5Uukausi sitten
  • Is it just me, or does the hovercraft look like it has been greenscreened on the grass

    Puuding MusicPuuding MusicUukausi sitten
  • The Royal Oak v the Hovercraft Pub

    IRAIRAUukausi sitten
  • Make sure not to do this too much - you might get bartender's elbow

    Charlie ClappCharlie ClappUukausi sitten
  • Technically legal, the best kind of legal.

    The legendThe legendUukausi sitten
  • Hungarian Tom Scott: mY hOvErCrAfT iS fUlL oF aLeS.

    Vin KieVin KieUukausi sitten