Shisha Café no longer passive on smoking laws

03 July 2018

The Al-Hamidah Café has had its illegal shisha smoking den snubbed out after a successful Council prosecution.

An investigation was sparked after Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Food team received complaints from residents about shisha being smoked in the basement of the café in Montpelier Street.

Council officers visited the premises several times and discovered the breech in February.  Smoking shisha indoors is against the law.  Al-Hamidah was handed a £500 fine, costs of £500 and a Victim Surcharge of £50 to be paid within 28 days at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday.  The owners had been previously warned that court action would follow if they were found to be in breach of smoking laws.

Cllr David Lindsay, Kensington and Chelsea Lead Member on Healthy City Living, said: “People are well aware of the dangers of passive smoking and the law banning indoor smoking in work spaces. It is disappointing that even with a warning, the owners of Al-Hamidiah chose to ignore this and carry on allowing shisha smoking inside.

“I hope that our Food team’s swift action in taking the café to court and securing a conviction sends out a clear message that we will investigate whenever we receive complaints and take action where appropriate.”