The City doesn’t have a reputation for being overly rock ‘n’ roll, but it seems that Peter Cruddas’ CMC Markets has developed a penchant for one of London’s edgier hangouts – The Sanctum Soho Hotel – and it’s celebrating its 25th birthday there tomorrow night.
The hotel is part-owned by the managers of Iron Maiden, Rod Smallwood and Andy Taylor – the third owner, Mark Fuller, looks after the day-to-day running of the hotel.
“Some of Iron Maiden are shareholders too, so we’re one of the only hotels which can truly claim to be rock ‘n’ roll,” Fuller told The Capitalist. “We often have musicians over – AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Lemmy, Debbie Harry, Liam Gallagher, you name it.”
With sound-proofed bedrooms, baths big enough for three and a Jacuzzi on the roof, we can see the attraction to stars – why CMC?
“We used it a couple of years ago and it seemed good,” CMC’s Michael Hewson tells us. “I don’t anticipate Thursday being a wild night though and I won’t be throwing TVs out of the windows – they’d take it out of my salary.” Ah, never mind.