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Benugo has backed out of the Parliament Hill Café takeover

Isabelle Aron

A few weeks ago we shared the news that a much-loved café in Hampstead was being closed down, after the lease had been handed over to the Benugo chain. The Parliament Hill Café has been a family-run business for over 30 years, so naturally, locals were more than a bit miffed at the news of its closure. A petition against the takeover received more than 13,000 signatures and a protest was planned for this Saturday. But now north Londoners can breathe a sigh of relief, because Benugo has pulled out of the contract thanks to the campaign. The City of London Corporation will now re-tender the contract to take over the site. But for now at least, Parliament Hill Café has been saved.

In other news, turning on a tap in Islington is 'anti-social behaviour'.

And it's cheaper to be a tenant than pay off a mortgage.


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