Five-Star Hotel Claridge’s ‘Threw Us Out for Being White and English’

Daily Mail (London), July 15, 2011

One of Britain’s most exclusive hotels has been accused of throwing out a visitor–for being white and English.

Claridge’s in Mayfair, central London, has been a favourite venue for the rich and famous and is often referred to as ‘an extension of Buckingham Palace’.

But socialite and writer Taki Theodoracopulos has accused the establishment of favouring rich Arabs who spend frivolously over British aristocrats.

Theodoracopulos said that he was with a group of friends at the hotel’s bar when he was asked to leave because the staff ‘were hoping for Gulf people’.

‘We were neither drunk nor obstreperous but we were refused a table although the place was less than one third full,’ Theodoracopulos wrote in his Spectator magazine High Life column.

Theodoracopulos said that he had dined nearby with his group of friends, including the Marquess of Worcester and his brother Lord John Somerset.

The 74-year-old Greek-born writer said that he wanted a table but was asked to leave.

Theodoracopulos, who has homes in London, New York and Switzerland, is demanding an apology and calling for a boycott of the venue.

‘Harry Worcester had the brilliant idea to go to Claridge’s bar for a drink,’ he wrote.

‘After politely suggesting that the management should give us one, the maitre d’ came over and asked us to leave.

‘Lord Worcester protested, as did his brother Lord John Somerset. I was at the bar and unaware we were being given the heave-ho. Once I caught on, it was too late. My party was out the door.

‘So here’s what I think happened and why I am outraged. We were speaking English, we were white and we had not demanded myriad bottles of champagne.

‘The staff were obviously hoping for Gulf people, whose moolah (slang for money) derives from the theft of their countries’ resources.

‘The idea that four English-speaking European gents with four ladies in tow are asked to leave Claridge’s is as outrageous as it’s foul.’

The hotel has denied any knowledge of the incident and rejects the idea that they prefer wealthy Arabs as guests.

‘We have checked. There is no record of such an incident. I think he is being deliberately provocative and mischievous,’ a spokesman told the Daily Telegraph.

But Theodoracopulos said he stands by his story is ‘still very upset by what happened.’

The hotel was founded in in 1812 as Mivart’s Hotel in a conventional London terraced house. It grew steadily over the years and expanded into neighbouring houses.

Claridge’s flourished after the First World War due to demand from aristocrats who no longer maintained a London house.

Well-known guests include Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, U2 and Mariah Carey.

Typical rooms at the five star hotel around £400 per night. Claridge’s is owned by Maybourne Hotel Group, which also has two other five-star luxury hotels in London, The Berkeley and The Connaught.

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  • white is right, black is whack

    White, English-speaking, proper British people? Why! What evil and troublesome things they might do!

  • Anonymous

    I agree that this sounds made-up. However, it will be interesting to see what, if anything, comes to light.

  • highduke

    According to the Wikipedia, the Maybourne Hotel Group’s largest shareholder Derek Quinlan owes 600 000 000 pounds, so he may be getting desperate but a guy named Taki Theodor…whatever would not have to stand up for Whites rights in the UK if the Native Brits weren’t oblivious & indifferent to losing their country.

  • shaunantijihad

    I am actually quite sceptical of this story. He says,

    “‘After politely suggesting that the management should give us one, the maitre d’ came over and asked us to leave.”

    Why would you “suggest” to the management to give you a drink, in a bar, and not simply ask the bar staff? Was it out of legal licencing hours? Is it a private bar for hotel guests or by advanced booking only? There is something odd here.

  • Conrad

    Oh shut up! You gave your country away now you’re only getting what you asked for.

  • Anonymous

    Theodoracopulos said that he was with a group of friends at the hotel’s bar when he was asked to leave because the staff ‘were hoping for Gulf people’.

    The BAR was hoping for rich Arabs? Hmmm. How interesting.

  • NAVY

    These men are high minded and deserved the boot.

    For the dough they’re worth, and let’s be realistic, they could have rented London’s Hooters and hosted the Union Jack Club.

    Making an example out of these men doesnt take the employees and the Clairidge off the hook either.

    The whole situation points to the state of money and people who have nothing better to do with it then to find a bad guy to point their fingers.

    The whole world needs to come togeather and say enough is enough.

    The world is tired big oil and their bankers in the Persian Gulf and the trail of oil, weapons, and drugs, that follow them.

  • GetBackJack

    How do you spell lunacy? C-l-a-r-i-d-g-e Taki should never give this outfit another dime – ever! Ditto to any white who reads this article.

    Forget about boycotting the place. Avoid the place, even if they do grovel.

  • Bill Corr

    This happened at Claridge’s?

    Taki is an entertaining writer – do a short search for *Taki’s blog* – but this story smells of very dead fish.

    The hotel in question is one of the most prestigious in the U.K., open to all who can afford to eat, drink and stay there; in my opinion, a hotel with an international reputation simply wouldn’t behave like this.

  • kgb

    The hotel has denied any knowledge of the incident and rejects the idea that they prefer wealthy Arabs as guests.

    Let’s go to the security camera footage, please… There must

    be a dozen video clips of the incident being suppressed as we speak.

  • John Prewett

    Far as I’m concerned the hotel can discriminate as it sees fit. I’d publicize their policy.

    I’d give my business to a place where I’m welcome.

    The”authorities” will not be able to rationally justify/explain allowing this discimination but not that discrimination.

    But no doubt they’ll tie themselves in knots trying.

  • john

    Taki has a well-established reputation as a fun-loving but often disruptive (and destructive) guest.

    The hotel acted prudently.

  • Bill

    It sounds as if Taki is a little tacky himself?

  • gb

    Why would he lie? Things like this happen all the time (take it from me). Usually the would be patrons just leave, luckily Taki can write. I have seen this kind of thing before–pushing around folks that are polite and won’t resist in such establishments here in the US. Why don’t some of you show some support? Why should anyone come to your defense next time you have similar trouble being out on the town?

  • jewamongyou

    I don’t know if Taki’s story is accurate or not, but we should be especially cautious of such stories. All the MSM needs is one or two such discredited tales – and they’ll blow them all out of proportion and imply that, just as those were fake, so too are the others.

    There is no lack of verified and accurate instances of anti-white discrimination and violence. Let’s focus on those and treat the others with caution.

    http://jewamongyou.wordpress.com/

  • Anonymous

    6 — Anonymous wrote at 7:57 PM on July 18:

    “Theodoracopulos said that he was with a group of friends at the hotel’s bar when he was asked to leave because the staff ‘were hoping for Gulf people’.

    The BAR was hoping for rich Arabs? Hmmm. How interesting.”

    Muslim Arabs, even the women, behave completely different while abroad. that is well known, and documented. Remember the 9/11 terrorists frequented strip bars while they were preparing. They indulged in every Western Vice. The scope of Arab/Muslim hypocrisy is enormous.

    So don’t be so skeptical (yes, that’s how to spell it).

  • Question Diversity

    I wonder if Taki T. being the first Editor-in-Chief of Pat Buchanan’s “American Conservative” magazine had anything to do with this.

  • Pelayo

    “The BAR was hoping for rich Arabs? Hmmm. How interesting.”

    Interesting indeed! Arabs drinking? It just goes to show you what phony, hypocritical bastards these Mooselimbs are.

  • Bill Corr

    I MISTOOK THE MONIKER

    MEA CULPA

    The standard of debate on TAKI’S MAG

    is excellent and I recommend the site to the attention of all:

    http://takimag.com/article/obamas_astronots/page_2