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As predicted, hospitality businesses and their staff are really struggling from all of the challenges and a 3rd 12 months of disruption. Like many Amazing Grace (https://amazinggraceldn.com/), a wonderful live music bar and dance space in London Bridge’s scenic Borough quarter, says it has been hit hard. Cancellations due to rail strikes have caused the damage.

With great sounds, Grace is perfectly placed for each locals and commuters to shake off the day. Christmas is a key time for K&G Hospitality, the venue business that set it up in 2020 to have a good time founders Vineet Kalra and Ricardo Guimaraes’ passion for food, drink and the town of London.  

“Amazing Grace has lost two private hire reservations equalling greater than £50,000 and it’s very quiet on strike days,” says marketing director Sammie Ellard-King.

“The reservations were for major business Christmas functions, so not only have we lost our revenue, customers have lost the possibility to wind down at the top of a busy 12 months after they were looking forward to letting off some steam.

“We have needed to shut the location down as we now do not have enough reservations for the quantity of staff that may have been needed. Twelve of our staff have lost useful income near Christmas. While we respect people striking, the timing of it couldn’t have been worse for us. 

“But there may be hope if customers old and latest can rally round and pay us a visit as soon as they’ll.”

Responding to the announcement of additional rail strikes impacting the Christmas weekend, Kate Nicholls, chief executive of leading trade body UKHospitality, said: “Our estimate of the associated fee of those strikes already stood at £1.5 billion in lost sales and it’s incredibly frustrating that an answer has yet to be reached to avoid this disruption throughout the golden month of trade for our sector. 

“We’re continuing to induce all parties involved within the negotiations to succeed in an answer imminently to avoid these harmful strikes.”

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