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Iconic London venue Café de Paris to close after 96 years

London has sadly lost one of it’s oldest venues following the announcement that Café de Paris is to close after the ownership company the famous nightclub are forced into liquidation.

The company, Maxwell’s Restaurants, who also own Tropicana Beach Club in London’s West End, made the devastating announcement at the weekend. The liquidation sees London losing a treasured venue, as well as 400 jobs. The reason for the closure is the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to liquidators Live Recoveries.

“Despite hope that December would generate a much-needed upturn in trading income, it was apparent low customer numbers, uncertainty surrounding trading, and mounting creditors and rent arrears left the company with no alternative,” the company told The Times.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the club wrote: “With a heavy heart, we can confirm that we will be shutting the doors of our beloved Cafe de Paris for good.

“We wanted you all to know that we have not gone out without a fight. We tried everything but the devastating effect of Covid-19 in the end was too much. We did our best to support our staff, their livelihoods and respect everyone’s health and safety but in the end, like so many other hospitality businesses, we have reached the end of the road.?

The historic venue first opened its doors back in 1924. However, it then shut down in 1941 following heavy damage during the Blitz. The club returned in 1948 and established a reputation for being one of the definitive London nightspots, welcoming stars like Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Noël Coward.

The closure of Cafe de Paris offers up a stark reminder about how many venues across Britain find themselves in a similar position and are on the brink of closing down following a brutal 2020, where they have been left devastated because of the pandemic.

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