Restaurateur Jeremy King says waiting staff in PPE spoils experience

The Wolseley co-founder Jeremy King who beat coronavirus claims staff in PPE will spoil the ‘magical experience’ for diners – and predicts London will lose 30% of its restaurants

  • London restaurateur, 66, hopes to reopen venue loved by celebrities on July 4
  • Jeremy King told how he caught Covid-19 early but fought off deadly infection
  • Doesn’t believe it’s sensible to fill The Wolseley restaurant with ‘Perspex dividers’
  • Said ‘you don’t want to propose’ while waiter in mask and gloves is pouring wine
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

London restaurateur Jeremy King has predicted London will lose 30 per cent of its restaurants due to coronavirus – and claimed waiting staff in PPE will spoil the ‘magical experience’ for diners.

The 66-year-old, who co-founded popular celebrity haunt The Wolseley in Piccadilly with his business partner Chris Corbin, said he anticipates to reopen on July 4, depending on government advice.

Jeremy, who himself contracted Covid-19 early but fought off the infection, told how he and his team are currently having Zoom meetings to discuss the implementation of social distancing measures.

Speaking to The Times from his home in South Kensington, West London, which he shares with his second wife Lauren Gurvich, he said he doesn’t believe it’s sensible to ‘fill the restaurant with Perspex dividers’ or ‘to have the person serving you all but hazmat-suited’. 

London restaurateur Jeremy King (pictured with his wife Lauren Gurvich in October 2010) has predicted London will lose 30 per cent of its restaurants due to coronavirus – and claimed waiting staff in PPE will spoil the ‘magical experience’ for diners

Jeremy, who co-founded popular celebrity haunt The Wolseley with his business partner Chris Corbin, said he anticipates to reopen on July 4, depending on government advice

‘It is not a magical experience,’ he reasoned. ‘You don’t want to propose while somebody in a mask and gloves is pouring the wine.’

While he is happy to increase the space between tables in the restaurant, he branded it ‘window dressing’ due to the other areas of potential contamination, such as the toilets. 

While he believes London could lose up to 30 per cent of its eateries, he predicted a more dire outcome for New York, claiming that number could be ’50 per cent’.  

As well as The Wolseley – loved by the likes of Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry – and Colbert, a high-end French cafe, Jeremy and Chris have Fischer’s, Soutine, the Delaunay and Brasserie Zédel. 

As well as The Wolseley – loved by the likes of Kylie Minogue (left) and Vanessa Kirby (right) – and Colbert, a high-end French cafe, Jeremy and Chris have Fischer’s, Soutine, the Delaunay and Brasserie Zédel

Due to the Treasury’s furlough scheme, which usually covers 80 per cent of wages, excluding staff ‘tips’ – roughly 20 per cent of pay taxed under PAYE – Jeremy said some staff are receiving just 40 per cent of their usual salary, and some landlords are threatening to kick them out if they don’t ‘pay up’ their rent.

As a result, the business partners are covering the shortfall – £400,000 a month – but cannot afford to continue doing so. 

They have introduced a gift voucher scheme in advance of reopening, with Jeremy giving the money to his staff. 

Jeremy King and Chris Corbin, pictured attending the launch of Michael Winner’s book ‘Unbelievable!’ at Belvedere Restaurant in October 2010 in London, used to own The Ivy

Jeremy and Chris previously owned The Ivy – whose regulars include Hollywood stars and was a favourite of the late Princess Diana and Princess Margaret – as well as Le Caprice and J Sheekey’s, but sold them in 1998. 

According to Jeremy, the Queen’s sister was ‘always funny’. 

He told The Times she would look at the menu but ‘thought she was in Harrods Food Hall, and order, “I’ll have the smoked sturgeon, followed by the brill in champagne sauce.” And we’d think, “But we haven’t got any of that”.’ 

The Wolseley, located at 160 Piccadilly in London – next door to the Ritz Hotel – was designed by architect William Curtis Green.

The Grade II listed building was erected by Wolseley Motors in 1921, originally as its regional offices, with a showroom on the ground floor.

The ground floor was occupied by a branch of Barclays Bank between 1927 and 1999. After several years as a Chinese restaurant, it was renovated by Chris Corbin and Jeremy King and reopened in 2003 as The Wolseley, an upmarket European-style eatery.

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Ex-Ofsted boss says end-of-term holiday should be scrapped

School’s IN for summer? Ex-Ofsted boss says end-of-term holiday should be scrapped to help pupils catch up and prevent a ‘lost generation’

  • Michael Wilshaw says it is a ‘great tragedy’ that youngsters are missing school 
  • Suggested teachers hold extra classes at the weekend and during holidays 
  • Called for schools to begin reopening, according to PM’s plan, on June 1 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

The former boss of Ofsted says that end-of-term holiday should be scrapped to help pupils catch up and prevent a ‘lost generation’. 

Michael Wilshaw says that children being taken out of schools amid the coronavirus pandemic has been a great tragedy.

He believes that the priority for educators as the lockdown eases across Britain should be helping pupils to catch up.

And that could even mean getting rid of the end of term holidays that have become a mainstay in the school calendar. 

Michael Wilshaw says that children being taken out of schools amid the coronavirus pandemic has been a great tragedy

Yesterday he was asked by Sophy Ridge on Sky News whether the country will have to contend with a ‘lost generation’ if lockdown continues much longer.

He said: ‘Yes, a lost generation of youngsters and it is a great tragedy because our education system has made huge progress over the last few years and the results published last year show that.   

‘It is a great shame that this could unravel that progress. I’m sure it won’t because head teachers, when schools do go back, are absolutely committed to recovering lost ground and that means convincing teachers to work extra hours to really intensify the work that they do with youngsters, particularly in examination cohorts.’

Sir Michael added that when England’s schools are back up and running, headteacher should hold extra lessons at the weekends and in the holidays. 

He called for schools should reopen as planned on June 1, despite trade unionists being concerned about safety.

Students walk to Mount Albert Grammar School on May 18, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand

‘They should [reopen] and other countries have opened up their schools in Europe and beyond and so should we. 

‘The critical thing is until parents and families feel confident to send their children to school safely, that’s the big issue. 

‘It’s all right opening up schools but if parents lack that confidence then they are not going to send them in… the government should have had two or three months to really prepare parents for the opening on the 1st June.’  

Meanwhile a new poll released yesterday suggested teachers would be prepared to sacrifice some of their summer break to provide extra class time.

Six in 10 polled for the Sun on Sunday said they would be willing to work extra shifts to help struggling pupils.

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Prince Andrew’s cousin says Ghislaine Maxwell bragged about recruiting girls from trailer parks for Jeffrey Epstein – The Sun

GHISLAINE Maxwell allegedly bragged to Prince Andrew’s cousin that she used to recruit girls from US trailer parks and bring them to paedo Jeffrey Epstein.

Christina Oxenberg said British socialite Maxwell — who denies wrongdoing and being Epstein’s pimp — told her: “I look for what I know is Jeffrey’s type and I bring ’em home.”

Maxwell, 58, reportedly made the comments at a 1997 meeting where she wanted author Oxenberg to write her memoir.

Oxenberg, 56, was interviewed before a US documentary next week about Epstein’s death.

She told Mail Online: “Ghislaine says to me Jeffrey has a sex drive that I cannot keep up with. He has to have three orgasms a day.

“She says I cannot keep up with him physically and I help by bringing in other girls.”

“Ghislaine was saying it with bravado. The look on my face is horror struck, which annoyed her.

“She’s not only suggesting they’re having sex but she’s telling me she’s recruiting other girls to pick up the slack.

“She says: ‘What I do is I drive into the trailer parks in West Palm Beach and I look for what I know is Jeffrey’s type and I bring ‘em home’. She expected me to give her a round of applause.”

Oxenberg, 56, is the daughter of a Serbian princess and a sister of the Hollywood actress, Catherine Oxenberg.

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Joe Biden says ‘you ain’t black’ if you support Trump over him during interview with Charlamagne tha God – The Sun

JOE Biden said "you ain't black" if you support President Donald Trump over him in the 2020 presidential race.

Biden's comments came during an interview with The Breakfast Club host Charlamagne tha God that aired on Friday morning.

During the interview, Charlamagne tha God talked to Biden about his record on racial issues and the possibility of him choosing a black, female running mate heading into November.

“I’m not acknowledging anybody who is being considered, but I guarantee you: There are multiple black women being considered," Biden told the host of a vice presidential pick. "Multiple."

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Nurse says patients are attending ‘coronavirus parties’ to intentionally get sick

A North Carolina nurse said she’s treating patients who have attended “coronavirus parties” in an attempt to catch the deadly bug and hopefully develop immunity.

“Over the last few days, we have heard from a lot of patients and the community that they’re unafraid of getting the virus,” Yolanda Enrich, a nurse practitioner at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, told an NBC affiliate.

“People are actually out and about trying to get the virus, so attending gatherings, parties trying to maximize their chances of exposure.”

Ernich said younger patients have told health care workers they’re hoping to develop antibodies so they no longer have to take precautions while they’re out in public. Though health experts have not yet determined whether coronavirus antibodies actually deliver immunity.

“We’re really concerned about this trend,” Enrich said. “They can spread the virus around the community and hurt our vulnerable populations that will have serious health implications.”

Gov. Roy Cooper and state health officials are sounding the alarm on the idiotic concept.

“You can easily kill someone you love,” Cooper said at a news conference this week, adding that the sickening soirees are “completely irresponsible and absolutely unacceptable.”

Dr. Mandy Cohen, North Carolina’s secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said more cases translate to more risk for vulnerable residents.

“There is no circumstance under which we want people to actively pursue getting COVID-19,” Cohen said. “The reason we’re working so hard collectively to keep virus spread low is the fact that when there is more virus in our community, it not only impacts those who have it, but particularly those who are at high risk of getting severe reactions to disease.”

Soumya Swaminathan, the Wold Health Organization’s top scientist, earlier this month threw cold water on the idea of developing herd immunity against the virus.

Around the world, studies have shown rates of natural immunity between 10 and 15 percent — far from the 90 to 95 percent of the population what would need to develop immunity to achieve herd immunity, Swaminathan said.

Embracing a heard immunity approach would mean accepting a “high rate of death,” she said.

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Death Angel drummer says he met Satan during near-death coronavirus coma

A thrash metal drummer says he visited hell during a coronavirus-induced coma — and Satan wasn’t as cool as he thought.

Will Carroll, of the band Death Angel, was comatose at the California Pacific Medical Center for two weeks in March after catching the virus on a European tour earlier that month, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook.

During that time, Carroll, 47, said he had disturbing dreams of visiting the afterlife.

There, the devil — a woman in this case — punished him for the deadly sin of sloth and turned him into a “Jabba the Hutt-like-monster” who vomited blood until he had a heart attack, the outlet reported last week.

When he opened his eyes on March 30, there were “tubes coming in and out of me, and there was a nurse right there,” Carroll recalled.

“My first words were, ‘Am I still in hell?’”

“She ignored me.”

For most of his time under and on a ventilator, Carroll was in critical condition and came close to dying, doctors told the outlet.

“He still was near the limits of what we could do with our supportive care, and we were very worried about him,” said Dr. George Horng, a pulmonologist.

“He wasn’t getting worse, but if he were to get worse, there wasn’t much more that we could have done.”

The Bay Area rocker’s near death-experience prompted him to make some big life changes.

In an effort to be healthier, he said he’s quitting hard alcohol and bong rips, narrowing his substance use to the occasional hard cider and marijuana edible.

As for his faith, Carroll said he now believes in a higher power — and feels prayers from his family and friends helped him pull through.

“I’m still going to listen to satanic metal, and I still love Deicide and bands like that,” Carroll told the Chronicle.

“As far as for my personal life and my experience of what I went through, I don’t think Satan’s quite as cool as I used to.”

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Michael Gove says Brussels must ditch ‘ideological’ Brexit stance for the good of the coronavirus-battered world economy – The Sun

No 10 has challenged Brussels to ditch its "ideological" Brexit stance for the good of the coronavirus battered world economy.

Michael Gove said there was a "powerful incentive" for the bloc to compromise and get a deal – warning failure to do so will hit its global reputation.

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In a move that will heap further pressure on embattled Michel Barnier he even accused eurocrats of putting bureaucracy before people.

He said: "There is a very powerful incentive for the EU to put the interests of its members and its citizens ahead of ideology."

The Cabinet Office minister said the success of the negotiations "depends on the EU recognising the UK is a sovereign equal".

He told MPs: "The EU essentially wants us to obey the rules of their club even though we're no longer members.

"And they want the same access to our fishing grounds as they currently enjoy while restricting our access to their markets.

"It remains difficult to reach a mutually beneficial agreement while the EU maintains such an ideological approach.


"But we believe agreement is possible if flexibility is shown."

Downing St has published a complete set of legal texts outlining the deal it wants – meaning they can be examined by Member States for the first time.

The move comes after UK officials expressed concerns Mr Barnier is struggling to get the attention of EU capitals busy fighting coronavirus.

British negotiators hope it will persuade European leaders to get more involved and move on from the bloc's hardline stance.

They say talks with the Frenchman have hit an impasse as his hands are tied by an "un-negotiable" mandate.

The texts call for a simple Canada-style free trade agreement under which the UK would break free from Brussels red tape.

They also outline a separate Norway-style fishing pact, with annual negotiations over access for EU vessels to British waters.

Mr Barnier had a dig at how long the UK had kept the texts secret – pointing out Brussels published its plan for a deal two months ago.

The PM's chief negotiator David Frost last night accused Mr Barnier of singling out the UK for unfair treatment.

In a fiery letter he demanded to know why the bloc won't offer Britain the same access for goods and services it gives many other countries.

And he slammed the EU chief's argument the UK must pay a higher price for a trade deal because of how close it is as "hard to justify".

He wrote: "We find it hard to see what makes the UK, uniquely among your trading partners, so unworthy of being offered the kind of well-precedented arrangements commonplace in modern FTAs.

"What is on offer is not a fair free trade relationship between close economic partners, but a relatively low-quality trade agreement coming with unprecedented EU oversight of our laws and institutions."


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Joe Biden says people who believe Tara Reade’s sex assault claim ‘probably shouldn’t vote for him’ – The Sun

JOE Biden has delivered a message to those who believe Tara Reade's sex assault allegations, saying "they probably shouldn't vote for him".

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has continued to deny he pushed the former staffer up against a wall in a Capitol Hill office building three decades ago.

“I think they should vote their heart and if they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn’t vote for me,” Biden said during an interview on MSNBC.

“I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade.”

The former VP acknowledged potential voter unease over the allegations on Thursday and urged Americans to "vote with their heart".

Biden told Lawrence O’Donnell he didn't remember Ms Reade when she worked for less than a year in his Senate office in 1993.

I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade.

At the time, Biden was already two decades into his 36-year Senate tenure.

“Look at Tara Reade’s story, it changes considerably,” Biden said during the interview.

Since Reade went public with the allegations her narrative has swung from accusations Biden touched her shoulders in a way that made her uncomfortable to more damning claims he put his hand up her skirt and sexually assaulted her with his fingers.

Biden has emphatically denied all allegations.

He said: “The truth matters. This is being vetted, it’s been vetted.

"This is just totally, thoroughly, completely out of character and the idea that in a public place in a hallway, I would assault a woman? I promise you, it never happened".

This is just totally, thoroughly, completely out of character.

Earlier this month, former staff assistant Tara Reade filed a sexual assault complaint against Biden and accused him of attacking her in the Senate corridor in 1993.

In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Reade said Biden should drop out of the presidential race.

The former Senate aide claimed Biden does not have the "character" for the presidency in her first sit down interview since he publicly denied the allegations.

She said she was bringing Biden's gym bag to his Senate office when the alleged assault took place.

Reade claims that Biden pushed her against a wall while kissing her neck, then shoved his hand under her skirt and penetrated her with his fingers.

"Do you want to go somewhere else?" Biden then allegedly asked the young aide.

Reade filed a criminal complaint against Biden last month despite the fact that the statute of limitations had run out in the case, saying it was for her own protection.

She also claims to have filed a complaint with the personnel office on Capitol Hill in 1993 after comments made by Biden made her feel uncomfortable.

In that complaint she made no mention of any assault.

She said that she spoke to three supervisors at the time as well, whom she identified by name.

None of those individuals recall having that conversation.

A friend of Reade's did however say that she knew about the situation with Biden and was the one who encouraged Reade to file a report.

Biden has since denied the allegations and released a written statement to address the accusations, saying: "They aren’t true. This never happened."

"I am not going to attack her. I have a right to say, look at the facts, check it out," he added.

I am not going to question her motive … I am not going to attack her. I have a right to say, look at the facts, check it out.

"This never, ever happened. I don't know what is motivating her. It never happened. Period. I am not going to start questioning her motive, I am not going to go after Reade for saying these things."

Biden added: "There have been no complaints made against me in terms of my senate career.

"There is nothing for me to hide, nothing at all".

He added: "My campaign has not reached out to her. When she first made the claim we made clear it never happened, It’s as simple as that".


"From the very beginning I said believing the woman means taking the woman seriously. That's true in this case as well.

"In the end, the truth is what matters … and in this case, the claim is false.

"I have never asked anyone to sign an NDA."

Biden asserted: "If that document existed, it would be stored in the national archives.

"A record like this can only be one place. My archives do not contain personnel files."

In an interview with the Daily Caller, Reade said she is willing to testify about her sexual assault allegations under oath.

She has also called on the former vice president to release documents pertaining to his time in the Senate, during which she said Biden inappropriately touched her.

"Joe Biden, I want you to release all the personnel records from 1973 to 2009 and be transparent about your office practices," she said in a separate interview with the outlet on Tuesday.

"I would like to hold you accountable for what happened to me, to how your staff protected you and enabled you, bullied me multiple times into silence."

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De Blasio says NYC coronavirus indicators show it’s ‘a perfect day’

Mayor Bill de Blasio touted the Big Apple’s headway in its battle with the coronavirus Thursday as the latest city statistics show that number of new hospital admissions, patients in intensive care units, and the percentage of those testing positive for COVID-19 have all dropped.

“Today is a very good day,” de Blasio said during his daily press briefing of the stats, which have a two-day reporting lag. “Every time you stay home, every time you socially distance … every time you put on a face covering…you’re helping to drive these numbers down.”

Patients in ICUs for suspected coronavirus across the city’s 11 public hospitals are “markedly down” from 561 on Monday to 517 on Tuesday, de Blasio said.

“That’s a big movement there. That’s a big jump in the right direction — bigger than we’ve seen most days,” Hizzoner said, adding, “That is really important. You’re talking about fewer and fewer people fighting for their lives.”

The number of people admitted to Big Apple hospitals also dipped from 78 on Monday to 59 on Tuesday, while the percentage of people tested citywide who are positive for COVID-19 decreased from 13 percent on Monday to 11 percent on Tuesday.

“Three for three — a perfect day, New York City,” de Blasio exclaimed. “Let’s now put together a bunch of them and that’s what’s going to help us take the next big step forward.”

De Blasio said all the daily indicators would have to show downward trends for between 10 and 14 consecutive days, and the city would have to meet state criteria, for the Big Apple to start a phased reopening.

“The indicators have been moving pretty damn well, not quite as well I want to,” de Blasio said.

He remained optimistic that some restrictions can be loosened in June.

“We are getting in range now of hitting all our numbers in the first half of June,” the mayor said.

Meanwhile, de Blasio announced that the city is expanding its criteria for coronavirus testing as he encouraged that more New Yorkers get tested for the bug.

“As of today we want to broaden the guidance on who should take advantage of more and more widespread testing,” de Blasio said.

De Blasio encouraged Big Apple residents to get tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation; if they have come in close contact with a confirmed coronavirus patient regardless of symptoms; and if they work in the nursing home, adult care facility or homeless shelter, regardless of symptoms.

“We’re welcoming more and more people to take advantage of it,” de Blasio said, as he noted that there are 28 city testing sites with “more sites coming.”

De Blasio, who repeated calls for the federal government to step in to boost the city’s testing capabilities, said that the city is on track to meet its goal of 20,000 tests per day by May 25.

“We are now confident in that goal and we want to beat that goal,” the mayor said.

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Eva Green says high-heels are 'anti-feminist'

‘We’re like birds on stilts’: Eva Green says high-heels are ‘anti-feminist’ and admits her mother tells her ‘to be more of a woman’ when it comes to dressing

She fell into James Bond’s arms while wearing them in Casino Royale – and even appeared to jump from a staircase in a pair.

But Eva Green says high heels are ‘anti-feminist’, claiming they leave women looking ‘like birds on stilts’.

The French actress, 39, told the latest issue of Town & Country magazine: ‘My mother would tell you – I should know how to do my hair, to make an effort.

Tottering around: Eva Green says high heels are ‘anti-feminist’, claiming they leave women looking ‘like birds on stilts’ (pictured in Paris in January)

‘I ought to wear more colours, to be more of a woman, but I like comfort too much. High heels just feel really anti-feminist to me – we’re like birds on stilts.’ 

Eva  became a household name across the globe when she played Vesper Lynd in 2006’s Casino Royale opposite Daniel Craig as 007. 

Vesper leaped from a staircase in heels, but the star later admitted a stunt double did the scene. 

I like comfort too much! ‘I ought to wear more colours, to be more of a woman, but I like comfort too much. High heels just feel really anti-feminist to me’, she says

The actress, who now lives in London, says she ‘feels very calm’ in the capital.  

She said: ‘I’ve got a British driving licence, which is a miracle. I’d like to get a passport. When you’re born somewhere, you’re spoilt and you don’t see the beauty of it. In London, there’s more space and parks and nature.’ 

The actress previously admitted to ES Magazine she finds it ‘difficult’ to be confident in her looks. She said: ‘There is always that insecurity. I read interviews with women going, “Oh, I’m soooo confident now I am in my 30s or in my 40s, I have found myself.”

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‘Well, actually, pfft, it is difficult for an actor, or for any woman, ageing. You think, “My God, will people still like me?” 

Eva also discussed her latest role Proxima, which sees her take on the role of astronaut Sarah, who prepares for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station as the film also examines her bond with her daughter.  

On her impression of the female astronauts she met while filming Proxima, she said: ‘They’re like superheroes, these people. They speak five or six languages, they have to be good at everything physically, they sacrifice themselves. 

‘They’re almost like saints – it’s a religion, wanting to explore the unknown.

‘The male astronauts will automatically show you pictures of their children and partners, but the women usually don’t, because it would distract them from the mission. They are so strong, it’s difficult to see the cracks in the armour.’

Proxima will be released later this year. 

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Bond girl: Eva became a household name across the globe playing Vesper Lynd in 2006’s Casino Royale opposite Daniel Craig as 007

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