THE OWNER of a City of London restaurant yesterday hand-delivered a bill for £90,000 to Mayor of London Boris Johnson in protest at alleged loss of trade during the Olympics.
Neleen Strauss of the High Timber restaurant said turnover is down 80 per cent in the last fortnight as workers stay out of the City due the Mayor’s “scaremongering” tactics.
Writing in today’s City A.M. Strauss calls on Johnson to personally pick up the tab because “he warned Londoners to leave room for the millions of visitors” without “calculating the consequences of his recommendations”.
In response Boris Johnson said: “The Games are a once in a lifetime experience. In some places the picture is mixed, but there is evidence of a significant upturn in spending in restaurants and theatres and the Tube is carrying a record number of passengers. [The coverage] will ensure the capital’s businesses can reap the rewards of the Olympic legacy long after the sporting action has come to a close.”