Controversy in London over 'Sharia law' at hotel

Bermondsey Square Hotel's decision to ban pork, alcohol reportedly came after it was taken over by a Middle Eastern businessman
Controversy in London over 'Sharia law' at hotel
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By Rahul Odedra
Sun 16 Nov 2014 03:36 PM

A boutique hotel in London has attracted controversy after deciding to stop serving alcohol and pork, a move described by local media as an example of Sharia law being implemented.

The Bermondsey Square Hotel’s decision came after it was taken over by a ‘Middle Eastern businessman’, according to the Daily Mail, with the new policy implemented last Tuesday.

The newspaper reports that the hotel’s bar and grill also stopped serving dishes which contained traces of alcohol, and said there has already been a negative reaction from guests.

A follow-up by The Huffington Post confirmed the new policy, although the hotel’s general manager refused to confirm whether the property was indeed now operating in accordance with Sharia law.

"All future bookings will not be served alcohol and those queries are being told when they book," a spokesperson said.

"The hotel has not had mini-bars but guests can bring in their own drinks."

The hotel is well-known for having appeared in a TV show in 2012 featuring chef Gordon Ramsay and other local celebrities.

Its bar and grill, in which the new policies have been implemented, used to be operated by celebrity restaurateur and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace.

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