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Complainant Name:
David West

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: London Lite

Complaint:

David West, proprietor of Hey Jo nightclub and Abracadabra restaurant in Mayfair, complained that an article had inaccurately described Hey Jo as a “sex club” in the headline. In fact, he clarified that Abracadabra was a restaurant serving traditional and rare breeds of meat and Hey Jo was a state of the art nightclub.

Resolution:

The newspaper said that it had marked its archives with a note of the complainant’s concerns for the reference of any journalist in the future. The newspaper also published the following letter from the club. The complaint was resolved on this basis.

Further to your article “QC Cherie fights Blair smoke ban” (July 07) which reported that Cherie Blair had been hired by the owner of Hey Jo nightclub in Mayfair to challenge the smoking ban, we would like to make clear that Hey Jo club and its sister restaurant Abracadabra are not sex clubs. In fact, they are cultivated and diverse retreats; with design features from the Royal College of Art through to VIP booths with antique swings. Harry Barnett, Executive, Hey Jo, 91 Jermyn Street, St James, London, SW1Y 6JT.

Report: 76



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