London club shuttered after anti-Semitic brawl

Trendy club Boujis loses license for 10 days after fight breaks out over anti-Semitic remarks aimed at group of Jewish patrons.

Cynthia Blank ,

Anti-Israel protesters in London (archive)
Anti-Israel protesters in London (archive)
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A swanky London nightclub had its license suspended Thursday after several fights culminated last Sunday in a brawl involving anti-Semitic slurs aimed at group of Jewish patrons. 

Kensington and Chelsea Council's Licensing Committee voted to temporarily revoke Boujis' license in response to the violence, the International Business Times reported Friday.

Seven people, aged 18 to 21, were arrested in the brawl on October 25, which CCTV footage shows involved between 15 to 20 people. 

During the fight, one man is heard shouting "f---ing Jews." According to the Evening Standard, anti-Semitic remarks aimed at a group of Jewish patrons who had booked a table in the club provoked the brawl. 

"Police were called at 1.45am following calls of a fight outside the venue," a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said. "During the fracas, an 18-year-old man was thrown head first into a car, causing a sizable dent to the vehicle. The victim refused medical attention and only gave officers a brief statement before leaving the scene."

The Licensing Committee has suspended Boujis' license until November 9 and has also imposed restrictions on the club, including closing an hour earlier at 2 am and refusing entry to individuals under 21. 

"The safety of the public is our priority," said Eddie Armstrong, an inspector for Kensington and Chelsea. "Police licensing officers are pro-active in working with licensed premises to help reduce crime and disorder. Where necessary we will take enforcement action. In this case, we considered the suspension of the premises license was appropriate and necessary."



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