May Day disruption sees loss in takings for London outlets

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London pubs reported a loss in takings and disruption to business as anti-capitalist demonstrators protested in the city yesterday (May 1).While some...

London pubs reported a loss in takings and disruption to business as anti-capitalist demonstrators protested in the city yesterday (May 1).

While some pubs in and around Mayfair - the centre of the demonstration - closed to avoid confrontation, others reported a significant drop in takings as workers and tourists stayed away.

Matt Sullivan, licensee of All Bar One in Mayfair, said his trade was 40 per cent down.

"We've had to bring in all the tables and chairs so this has lost us a lot of passing trade," he said. "We couldn't leave them out in case protestors decide to use them as weapons and throw them at windows or the police."

Ian Morton who runs the L'Autre bar decided to stay open despite being "right in the middle" of the May Day protests.

But some licensees did close their doors. Café Grand Prix in Berkeley Street shut although the loss of a day's trade will cost the venue thousands of pounds.

Sonya Harris, licensee of De Hems, near Shaftsbury Avenue, told thePublican.com at the height of the disturbance, customers were barricaded in by police.

"Customers couldn't get out and we only took a third of normal trade," she said.

Meanwhile, licensees in Scotland were also on high alert as protesters took to the streets in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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