Saturday 22 October 2016

Man falls 100ft to his death from exclusive rooftop City bar

Published 13/05/2016 | 18:52

The tragedy happened in Pepys Street in the City of London Credit: Google Streetview
The tragedy happened in Pepys Street in the City of London Credit: Google Streetview

A 45-year-old man died after plummeting 100ft from an exclusive rooftop bar in the heart of the City of London.

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It is believed the man fell from the SkyLounge bar at the DoubleTree by Hilton, in Pepys Street, at around 4.45pm yesterday.

After the fall customers at the bar on the 12th floor were ushered away and part of the outdoor terrace area was cordoned off.

Punters at other bars and restaurants nearby were ordered inside by police as emergency services fought to save the man.

Drinkers at a nearby pub reported seeing the man fall and land at the corner of Savage Gardens and Crutched Friars in the City of London.

Balazs Szeljak, 35, shift manager at the nearby Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub, said: "A man ran in to say someone had just fallen.

"Some people were screaming. He said he couldn't help him, there was nothing he could do as he was in such a bad way.

"By the time I got outside the police had already sealed off the area and were telling people to get inside."

An investment broker who had been in the SkyLounge bar at the time of the fall said: "We were outside on the rooftop bar in a private area when suddenly all these police came up.

"The staff told us they had to cordon off the area. It was pretty packed we were all ushered inside. We didn't know what was going on."

A spokesman for the City of London Police said: "Police and London Ambulance Service were called at 4.51pm to reports of a man falling from a building in Pepys Street.

"The 45-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is not being treated as suspicious."

A spokeswomen fpr DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London said: "It is with deep regret that we can confirm the death of a man at the hotel yesterday evening.

"Team Members acted swiftly to alert the authorities and the police and ambulance services were onsite shortly after the incident occurred.

The police have since confirmed that the death is not being treated suspiciously.

"Safety and security at the hotel are of paramount importance and we continue to make every effort to ensure that all practises are in line with our strict safety and security procedures."

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