Guests staying at the Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel in London were forced to evacuate yesterday after a fire erupted in the cellars of the historic structure. Around 200 guests and hotel employees were ushered out of the five star hotel prior to the arrival of the fire brigade.
As the drama unfolded, an adjacent clothing shop put up a temporarily closed sign. A Tweet posted by the London Fire Brigade confirmed that six engines with a total of 35 firefighters had attended a fire at a major Piccadilly hotel at 11:15.
A spokesperson noted that smoke had been billowing out of the basement, but the cause was afterwards found to have been burning trash in a lighting recess. A Le Meridien representative later told reporters that guests were evacuated for precautionary purposes only.
She explained that the fire was a small one in the boiler room and firefighters and staff had quickly resolved the situation. She said guests were allowed back into the building at 15:00. On a final note, the representative added that she wished to apologise to all for the inconvenience caused.
Le Meridien Piccadilly is one of London’s most exclusive hotels and a room goes for £300 a night upwards. The premises boasts London’s biggest indoor heated swimming pool and a whole raft of other amenities and features guaranteed to excite the discerning. This comes with a prime location in the West End of London and just 100 metres from Piccadilly Circus.