The Irish government is considering building a billiard hall in England’s capital, after a controversial billiard tournament hall in Glasgow was shut down by the European Court of Human Rights in April.
The billiard centre in the city centre is to open on April 16 after a six-month legal battle.
The centre, which was originally set up in 2004, is to cater for up to 50,000 people.
The venue is due to be converted to an arts venue and to host performances, including live music, and exhibitions.
It has attracted controversy in the past due to its controversial nature and its proximity to the Scottish Parliament.
In 2012, the council ordered the closure of the venue due to the “serious concerns” raised by the Scottish Government.
In response, the Scottish government and the UK Government signed an agreement in February 2015 to bring the venue to London, where it would be “renamed” the Billiard Hall at Westminster.
The Scottish Government had previously said it was concerned that the venue was close to the European Union border and could have a “potentially significant impact on trade” between Scotland and the rest of the UK.
“The Scottish government is working with the UK government to develop the Billiards Hall at London’s Union Buildings,” a spokesperson said.
“This project is subject to a number of planning and environmental assessments and will be subject to the approval of the Scottish cabinet.”
The venue will be open to the public for three weeks before it closes on April 22.
Billiard halls were banned in the Netherlands in the early 1900s, but they have been popular in Ireland for centuries.
The new venue is the second to open in the country in recent years, after the £10 million Billiard Hall at the Olympic Park was shuttered by the ECHR last year.
In January, the Irish government also opened a billiardo hall in Galway, which is due for completion by July.