Rita Ora’s lockdown party restaurant in Notting Hill escapes having its licence revoked

15:17pm, Thu 04 Feb 2021
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The restaurant which hosted Rita Ora’s lockdown 30th birthday party has avoided having its licence revoked.

Kensington and Chelsea Council has said Casa Cruz in Notting Hill, west London, will instead have its licence suspended for six weeks following a review.

The Metropolitan Police had urged the local authority to take away the restaurant’s licence following the incident in November last year.

Rita Ora lockdown breach birthday (PA Wire)

A statement from the council’s licensing sub-committee said: “The committee recognised that 44 representations have been received from local residents.

“Many of the supporters urged the committee not to revoke the licence because they considered that the restaurant is a valuable community asset.

“Residents felt more secure with its presence and the doorman in the street, and some of the 39 people employed at the restaurant were local people.

“The committee did not receive any representations from residents supporting the revocation of the licence.”

Charles Holland, a lawyer representing the police at last month’s hearing, previously told the committee: “The incident on the night was one of the most egregious, and certainly the most notorious, breaches of the regulations committed on licensed premises.”

He added Ora “selfishly wished to flout the lockdown” by seeking to pay for access to the Casa Cruz restaurant in Clarendon Road.

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