Savoy in London evacutated after bomb scare

12 September 2007 by
Savoy in London evacutated after bomb scare

The Savoy Hotel in London was evacuated last night after a bomb scare - on the anniversary of the 11 September attacks.

A member of hotel staff discovered a suspect package "smelling of bleach" and containing razor blades, nuts and bolts, and what appeared to be a timing device, in a service lift just after 10pm., reports the Daily Telegraph.

Around 400 guests, including a large number of American tourists, were evacuated while police used a bomb-disposal robot to probe the device.

Officers later declared the package a hoax and after around 20 minutes guests were allowed to return to their rooms.

Kiaran MacDonald, general manager at the Fairmont-owned hotel, said: "We found a suspicious object and called the emergency services who responded very quickly and made a determination that we needed to evacuate the hotel.

"We followed our very detailed evacuation procedures fully. Within 15 minutes, a determination was made that it was a false alarm."

Scotland Yard said no arrests had been made in connection with the incident.

London's Savoy hotel designer revealed >>

New general manager appointed at London's Savoy hotel >>

Savoy to put refurb budget up to £90m? >>

By Daniel Thomas

E-mail your comments to Daniel Thomas here.

The Caterer Blog]( Catch up with more news and gossip on the Caterer Blog here
[Newswire For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail news alerts.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking