Gordo and Marco battle with squatters

Squatters targeting venues closed down by celeb chefs have this week ended their occupation of London sites formerly run by Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White.

Police evicted as many as 400 squatters from Mr White’s ‘steak, pizza and gin house’ in Leicester Square, which closed down in February after a two-year run.

Another group who identified themselves as anarchists occupied Ramsay’s York & Albany pub and boutique hotel near Regent’s Park, which closed down last month. They declared: “We are occupying the York and Albany Hotel as the collective Camden Art Cafe. We aim to open our doors regularly to anyone and everyone, particularly the people of Camden who have been victims of gentrification and parasitic projects like HS2.

The squatters said they had the right to occupy the hotel under the 2012 anti-squatting legislation because it was not a ‘residential building’, but they left the building today after being served with a High Court repossession order secured by Ramsay’s lawyers.

The Grade II listed building has been leased by Ramsay since 2007 from its freeholder, film director Gary Love. It has been listed for sale with a guide price of £13 million.

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