In light of the recent press scandal surrounding The Sultan of Burnei and his introduction of Shariah Law, many have pledged to boycott his chain of luxury hotels, including The Dorchester. The boycott was first put forward by film-star, George Clooney, and has since attracted mass media attention and public support, as well as a strong celebrity backing. World renowned names such as Elton John and Ellen DeGeneres are amongst the pack of public figures who have spoken out and urged people to participate in the boycott.
So what’s it all about?
The Shariah Law is derived from the religious precepts of Islam and involves rather extreme punishments for certain offences; theft can be punishable by amputating the offender’s hand, and adultery and homosexuality can carry the penalty of death by stoning. It is this anti-LGBT policy which triggered the boycott to begin with.
Given the extremity of the Shariah Law, it is not hard to understand why the boycott has gathered such momentum. In recent years, a lot of effort has gone towards implementing equality and erasing prejudice across all aspects of society. This illustrates why the act of imposing the Shariah Law could offend political and outstanding figures who have put a lot of their time into preventing these very laws being passed.
Amongst the Brunei-owned chain of luxury hotels are London hot spots The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane, both in Mayfair, as well as Coworth Park in Ascot. The Dorchester Hotel in London is self-proclaimed as ‘one of the world’s most iconic hotels’; although, seemingly, it has now become an icon for all the wrong reasons.
Alternative Large London Venues
From weddings to gala balls, Christmas parties to conferences, many who were planning on holding their event at the Dorchester have found themselves in a stressful situation. Already it has been announced that the Police Federation will not be holding their annual Police Bravery Awards ceremony at the venue, and they are now seeking an alternative venue.
However, as there are a limited number of venues in London that can cater for as many as 500 diners, finding an alternative to The Dorchester may prove to be a difficult task. So we’ve done the hard work for you and put together a list of alternatives that will equal, or even surpass, everything The Dorchester has to offer as a venue.