Diners at the two Michelin-starred restaurant The Ledbury in Notting Hill were attacked by looters who stormed the dining room demanding jewellery and phones.Oh dear. I do hope no ‘Guardian’ journalists were dining there…
Gangs of masked youths wearing hoodies and wielding weapons smashed through the glass front door of the restaurant, ransacking the dining room before snatching jewellery.
Witnesses said that staff at the restaurant leapt to their defence, eventually managing to chase the intruders away with rolling pins and other kitchen implements. But a short while later the mob returned.Well, yes. There’s a shock.
Restaurant staff ushered the stunned guests into other rooms before locking them in the wine cellar for their own safety.One of the diners decided to blog her experience:
Louise Yang, a programmer, had gone to the restaurant with her husband Will for a night out.I’m thinking ‘Morlocks and Eloi’ at this moment…
Today she described the horrific scenes on her blog page, and said her wedding and engagement ring were stolen.
She said the looter demanded a phone before grabbing her hand to try to "steal her rings".Ahhh, such naivety…
She said: "The rings wouldn't come off and I just yelled at him that I'd take them off myself.
"In hindsight, now that I know that gun control is so fierce in England and he only had (a) bat, I should have held onto my rings better and maybe slugged him in the face."
Once the looters had left for a second time, the guests were let out of the wine cellar and given petits fours.How very British!