'Hotel Sharia' bans alcohol at events

London property dubbed 'Hotel Sharia' will no longer serve alcohol at events, but denies plans to ban pork from menus.

The Bermondsey Square Hotel (© boutique-hotel.co)
The Bermondsey Square Hotel (© boutique-hotel.co)

The Bermondsey Square Hotel was nicknamed 'Hotel Sharia' by the Daily Mail, which claimed it had banned alcohol and pork as part of a "strict islamic policy" following a change of ownership.

The hotel, which states on its website that it "no longer sells alcoholic beverages at GB Grill & Bar", confirmed to C&IT that it would also not be serving alcohol at events, but that there were no plans to ban pork or change the menus in accordance with any religious policy.

"We will no longer be running drinks receptions unless it only includes soft drinks," said Gemma Brant, business development manager. "However, we can organise alcoholic drinks for delegates at local venues Shortwave [Cinema] and Cecil's after a meeting."

When asked about a potential ban on pork from menus, Brant said: "We have no specific policy on this. Nothing has been implemented at this stage, although menus will change as they always do."

The Bermondsey Square Hotel offers three meeting spaces that can be combined to host up to 200 delegates for a reception, as well as an outdoor terrace for 150.

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