My Unlicensed Hovercraft Bar Is Technically Legal

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 jonty
Thanks to: Rob Hiseman
Editor: Michelle Martin mrsmmartin
Audio mix: Graham Haerther
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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    Acum lună

    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...

    • MAGA


      Acum 7 ore


    • Hope Rock

      Hope Rock

      Acum 23 Zile

      You should colab with CGP Grey

    • Axceler-8 Hovercraft Centre

      Axceler-8 Hovercraft Centre

      Acum 29 Zile

      @Yudi Merber about 60moh

    • cultus gti

      cultus gti

      Acum lună

      @joana oliveirasorry your names wrong , it's karen oliveira

    • Cody Nemo

      Cody Nemo

      Acum lună

      @Jeroy Lenkins Come on. Do you really want his hovercraft to be full of eels?

  2. Lhorez


    Acum o Zi

    Hmmm should have numbered the menu to make it easier.

  3. Chris Sator

    Chris Sator

    Acum o Zi

    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.

  4. onnipoika 11

    onnipoika 11

    Acum 2 Zile

    In finland we have the same law but you have to mark Specific area where your selling the drinks

  5. The Grey Sun

    The Grey Sun

    Acum 2 Zile

    I didn’t know hovercrafts were an actual thing.

  6. Gunther Ultrabolt Novacrunch

    Gunther Ultrabolt Novacrunch

    Acum 2 Zile

    Couldn't you have just picked him up in the hovercraft..conducted your business and dropped him off?

  7. John Johnson

    John Johnson

    Acum 3 Zile

    3:20 legally have to measure your drinks. No wonder America was formed.

  8. Matthew Hill

    Matthew Hill

    Acum 4 Zile

    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.

  9. Crrat26


    Acum 4 Zile

    "The hoverpub is alive!" -Tom Scott

  10. Lauren Lai

    Lauren Lai

    Acum 4 Zile

    *tom scott in a nutshell, everyone*

  11. username


    Acum 4 Zile

    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.

  12. David Lewis

    David Lewis

    Acum 4 Zile

    Would this also work on a "light railway" ?

  13. Terrazon


    Acum 4 Zile

    Why is no one talking about colored subtitles

  14. Mahindra Daimary

    Mahindra Daimary

    Acum 4 Zile

    Give me a drink bartender

  15. Black Rocket

    Black Rocket

    Acum 5 Zile

    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..

  16. AetheralMeowstic


    Acum 6 Zile

    Hah, the Hoverpub!

  17. Weebs


    Acum 7 Zile

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

  18. RUFU5


    Acum 7 Zile

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

  19. Puuding Music

    Puuding Music

    Acum 8 Zile

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

  20. IRA


    Acum 8 Zile

    The Royal Oak v the Hovercraft Pub

  21. Charlie Clapp

    Charlie Clapp

    Acum 8 Zile

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

  22. The legend

    The legend

    Acum 8 Zile

    Technically legal, the best kind of legal.

  23. Vin Kie

    Vin Kie

    Acum 9 Zile

    Hungarian Tom Scott: mY hOvErCrAfT iS fUlL oF aLeS.

  24. TheRABIDdude


    Acum 9 Zile

    2:25 *The catch phrase of a nerd on a wild night out.*

  25. Nate Newman

    Nate Newman

    Acum 10 Zile

    Love the rays of sunlight at the start.

  26. gage barnes

    gage barnes

    Acum 10 Zile

    The uk must suck

  27. Hibbi


    Acum 10 Zile

    this is how new laws are made up

  28. Maerahn


    Acum 10 Zile

    Oh Tom, you're going to be giving people ideas now.... unfortunately, I have a feeling it'll be the WRONG people....

  29. DᴀʀᴋYᴜᴀɴ


    Acum 11 Zile

    So if it's meant to be used for commercial travel, why wouldn't the law just specify "passengers" and not "from a vehicle on a journey"

  30. Sound Roshi

    Sound Roshi

    Acum 11 Zile

    vodker and coark

  31. vannustube


    Acum 11 Zile

    wait... so if we have one of those little mini-railways going through a park, we could sell drinks without a license? nice!

  32. Deathbrewer


    Acum 11 Zile

    Oi, you got a loicense for that? ;)

  33. Paul Adams

    Paul Adams

    Acum 11 Zile

    Very uninteresting

  34. xX_TripletAirsoft_Xx


    Acum 12 Zile

    Stupid laws, stupid stuff. Only in the UK.

  35. nice


    Acum 12 Zile


  36. Joe but With glasses

    Joe but With glasses

    Acum 13 Zile

    Hi I’m Derrick Baum say hello to new kitchen gun 1:27

  37. Lavagreat The great

    Lavagreat The great

    Acum 13 Zile

    it's not like the 'rona is a thing is it

  38. YouTube-Kanal


    Acum 13 Zile

    One of those videos I have to laugh but just looking at Tom's face.

  39. AnonymousCheesePie37


    Acum 13 Zile


  40. J.B. Dazen

    J.B. Dazen

    Acum 13 Zile

    Hmmm I don't know. Don't the people you sell it to have to be in the vehicle with you?

  41. Matthew Westhoven

    Matthew Westhoven

    Acum 13 Zile

    Reminds me of how in high school I had to build a hovercraft for my AP Physics class that was powered by two 9V leaf blowers, it was made out of an innertube, a shower curtain, and a heck of a lot of duct tape

  42. ProtoCorpse


    Acum 13 Zile

    Well we have a pub tram in Finland that stops at other bars

  43. nick


    Acum 14 Zile

    my hovercraft is full of alcohol

  44. TopOneName


    Acum 14 Zile

    real beer, real hovercraft, real contactless bank transactions, real actors.

  45. Goose 6.0

    Goose 6.0

    Acum 14 Zile

    Most people: "We should follow the laws and not did for loopholes" LIbertarians:

  46. Exequiel John B. Sarmiento

    Exequiel John B. Sarmiento

    Acum 14 Zile

    I just realized that the captions are coloured too

  47. ReaptheWhirlwind


    Acum 15 Zile

    one might say this is jail bait

  48. MrEd


    Acum 15 Zile

    Half pints should be outlawed

  49. Indominus Rex

    Indominus Rex

    Acum 15 Zile

    Star wars reference : police officer:sir is that legal? Tom:I will make it legal

  50. 2oulK1ng


    Acum 15 Zile

    So could you stop let someone on board sell them what ever they want to drink, while in motion and drop them off right after?

  51. TacRozal


    Acum 16 Zile

    Nice video, but I wonder, at which speed do you need to move to be considered "moving"?

  52. ZeldaTheSwordsman


    Acum 16 Zile

    "There is nothing in law preventing a railway company from operating a bar in one of its trains whenever that train is in motion"

  53. zimmerlicker


    Acum 16 Zile

    you legend:-)

  54. username


    Acum 16 Zile

    How about a train car that moves 10 meters per hour on a 100m track? You could actually get in and order, sit down at the bar.

  55. Conrad Hintz

    Conrad Hintz

    Acum 16 Zile

    When quarantine is over, do this at Oshkosh, but with one hovercraft for taking orders and IDing and one for delivering drinks.

  56. soascha


    Acum 16 Zile

    Do you offer hovercraft beer, too in your hovercraft bar?

  57. Shaggy


    Acum 16 Zile

    I love that matt showed up out of nowhere

  58. hans yolo

    hans yolo

    Acum 16 Zile

    do you have to move forward? doesn't a hovercraft already use momentum to stay up so technically its already moving so shouldn't that be enough?

  59. Harry O

    Harry O

    Acum 16 Zile


  60. Renax the Man

    Renax the Man

    Acum 16 Zile

    Wait, what if someone made a bar in a traincart, and say a 100m long track, just going back and fourth at a ridiculously low speed, so it reaches each end in an hr or so. then they could sell alcohol without a licence?

  61. Liam Murtezaoglu

    Liam Murtezaoglu

    Acum 17 Zile

    I was about to say £1.50 for a gin and tonic- hell yes!

  62. Kathy Bramley

    Kathy Bramley

    Acum 17 Zile

    This should be the viable alternative to wetherspoons! Door to door hovercraft. Can you sell pre-measured drinks/miniatures and mixers prepacked in little paper bags!?

  63. hydraulic hydra

    hydraulic hydra

    Acum 17 Zile

    based af

  64. Niko Bellic

    Niko Bellic

    Acum 17 Zile

    Plastic cups what is this

  65. Niko Bellic

    Niko Bellic

    Acum 17 Zile

    Weird flex

  66. Vivi Bonner

    Vivi Bonner

    Acum 17 Zile

    What is this but a chance for tom to get pissed and ride in a hovercraft?

  67. Atlas


    Acum 17 Zile

    this is the most tom scott video ive ever seen

  68. The Backyarders

    The Backyarders

    Acum 18 Zile


  69. Píchass


    Acum 18 Zile

    4:22 last time I saw him was in the two cymbals and a drum vid

  70. Píchass


    Acum 18 Zile


  71. Scarce Spoon

    Scarce Spoon

    Acum 18 Zile


  72. Æ


    Acum 18 Zile

    Well, you *did* fly a kit in a public place.

  73. Elazar Pimentel

    Elazar Pimentel

    Acum 18 Zile

    You are absolutely bunkers, mate. I love it.

  74. don't bink

    don't bink

    Acum 18 Zile

    Good to see Matt

  75. Martin Heermance

    Martin Heermance

    Acum 18 Zile

    This is gloriously silly, and made me smile.

  76. DashKnow


    Acum 18 Zile


  77. Nathanishungry Animations

    Nathanishungry Animations

    Acum 18 Zile

    Flying in a hovercraft alone is just epic!

  78. Geoffroi Le Hook

    Geoffroi Le Hook

    Acum 18 Zile

    Your hovercraft is full of ales

  79. Hunter Watts

    Hunter Watts

    Acum 18 Zile

    I think you're videos would be way more popular if they played to the algorithm better. I've been watching for years, and subscribed yet I never get anything from you recommended. It's frustrating having to search the channel everytime I want to check if there's something new. Does anyone else get this? Maybe subject for a video?

  80. Alcibiades


    Acum 18 Zile

    This is reminiscent of Top Gear. Incredible work!

  81. Christie Malry

    Christie Malry

    Acum 18 Zile

    my local preserved steam railway used to run all day sunday booze trains you bought one ticket and just rode from one end of the line to the other back and forth all day, it was great

  82. Justin Merritt

    Justin Merritt

    Acum 18 Zile

    Why is it always the plucky Brits doing the most innovative entertainment?

  83. MonsieurSlick


    Acum 18 Zile

    You got a loicense for that hovercraft bruv ?

  84. Pedozzi


    Acum 18 Zile

    oi you cheeky bastard, do you have a loicence for that flying rollingham, come ere you wanka

  85. The Unknown Gamer

    The Unknown Gamer

    Acum 18 Zile

    Atleast it is

  86. Drew P

    Drew P

    Acum 19 Zile

    You legend Mr Tom Scott

  87. Comrade Sky

    Comrade Sky

    Acum 19 Zile

    .....So maybe a mega bus that moves at the speed of a turtle would actually work to sell stuff in a parking lot during an event?

    • Comrade Sky

      Comrade Sky

      Acum 15 Zile

      @Mr. Hat I am thinking of a landship, like a food truck on wheels with lots of seating. It would be really fun to design vehicles that lock together and make a mobile building.

    • Mr. Hat

      Mr. Hat

      Acum 16 Zile

      Is a mega bus a train, plane, or hovercraft?

  88. Sean McNally

    Sean McNally

    Acum 19 Zile

    4:01 Tom uses an iPhone SE in a Casemate Tough Case? Same here!!

  89. Robert Wages

    Robert Wages

    Acum 20 Zile

    Surely you can stop the hovercraft to prepare the drinks, but move when selling them?

  90. panzerschwein


    Acum 20 Zile

    Im waiting for a "technically legal" series

  91. Dougal Tolan

    Dougal Tolan

    Acum 20 Zile

    Hmmm, did you check the off sales section, might be illegal to sell an open pint...

  92. felixar90


    Acum 20 Zile

    Judas Priest : *NOT* breaking the law, *NOT* breaking the law.

  93. Geek in the Garden

    Geek in the Garden

    Acum 20 Zile

    Loved this. I' watching it thinking "How come Clarkson never done this?"

  94. J-sUn


    Acum 20 Zile

    How do you make ROfilm subtitles yellow and cyan?!

    • Mr. Hat

      Mr. Hat

      Acum 16 Zile

      It's not a YT subtitle, it's in the video

  95. Sh4dy


    Acum 20 Zile

    hypothetically speaking, if I'm touring through England and settling for a camp at evening and open a tent-pub: I'm still on my journey and technically don't need a license, even if I'm stationary at the moment?

  96. Beyond 5D

    Beyond 5D

    Acum 21 o Zi

    Which do you prefer? Mr Scott or Tom Beast

  97. Hanniffy Dinn

    Hanniffy Dinn

    Acum 21 o Zi

    Top gear episode then! 🤯🤯

  98. Matthew Francis

    Matthew Francis

    Acum 21 o Zi

    love that you put a sparkler on the beer

  99. Joe Cordo

    Joe Cordo

    Acum 21 o Zi

    so you COULD hover around and sell sealed drinks to people all day. menu is numbered... 1-5 customer holds up fingers to tell you the number

  100. Hull_K0gan


    Acum 21 o Zi

    You’re out of control.