Casa Cruz could lose licence for breaking lockdown rules

By Joe Lutrario contact

- Last updated on GMT

Casa Cruz Rita Ora licencing hearing

Related tags: Casa Cruz, Rita Ora, London, Coronavirus

The Notting Hill restaurant that hosted singer Rita Ora’s birthday party during England’s second lockdown could lose its licence following a hearing yesterday (28 January).

Metropolitan Police are urging the local authority to revoke  Casa Cruz’s licence but the Kensington and Chelsea licensing sub-committee has yet to announce its decision. 

In one of the UK’s most high profile breaches of Coronavirus rules, Ora threw a party on Saturday 22 November for 17 people at the South American-inspired Clarendon Road restaurant.

The party had originally been intended to be held at the home of a friend of Ora's but was moved to the restaurant - which had been hired to cater - at the last minute. 

The restaurant’s general manager at the time was allegedly given £5,000 for the use of the venue but Casa Cruz’s director had no knowledge of the event. 

Shortly after details of the party emerged, Ora issued an apology and stated that she had voluntarily paid a £10,000 fine.  

She was forced to apologise a second time when it emerged that she should have been self-isolating at the time of the party having recently performed at a private concert in Egypt. 

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