Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley wins High Court battle over £15m ‘deal’ made in London pub

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has won a High Court battle with investment banker Jeffrey Blue over a £15 million deal allegedly made in a London pub. Mr Blue told judge Mr Justice Leggatt that the Newcastle United owner had promised to pay him the huge sum if he used his expertise to double the sportswear empire’s share price to £8 million a share. He said Mr Ashley paid only £1 million and he wanted £14 million damages.

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Hoaxer gets his SHED to the top of TripAdvisor’s London restaurant rankings

A BLOKE tricked TripAdvisor into ranking his garden shed as London’s top-rated restaurant.

Oobah Butler, 26, made a website for The Shed in Dulwich, south London, and marketed it as an exclusive appointment-only eatery before he and his mates submitted more than 80 five-star fake reviews to TripAdvisor.

He enlisted a photographer to snap photos of the restaurant’s “food”– including close-ups of dishes made from shaving foam and bleach.

In one snap he even used his foot as a backdrop for a fancy-looking egg dish.

The Shed’s website boasts: “An appointment-only restaurant located in South London, The Shed has been operating privately for years. In 2017, it decided to open its doors. As of November that year, it was TripAdvisor’s top-rated restaurant in London.”

Despite having never served a customer, The Shed climbed to number one which led to Mr Butler fending off hundreds of calls and emails from diners desperate to eat there.

Oobah Butler made the website for The Shed in Dulwich,

He said he thought of the idea after writing fake positive reviews for restaurants for £10 a time.

The journalist wrote on Vice: “This convinced me that TripAdvisor was a false reality – that the meals never took place – that the reviews were all written by other people like me.”

The Shed claimed to serve food that recognised people’s moods – such as comfort, contemplation and lust.

One dish titled Emphatic contained “Vegan clams in a clear broth with parsnips, carrots, celery, and potatoes. Served with rye crisps.”

It fooled celebrity foodie Jay Rayner, who tweeted that he wanted to dine there on November 16 before Mr Butler came clean yesterday.

The Guardian restaurant critic wrote: “At last: a restaurant that recognises food is all about mood. Of all the shed-based eating experiences out there this one sounds like the best. Or at least second best. (I have my own shed, hence). Personally I’m eager to try ‘contemplation’.”

Mr Butler eventually held an opening night after he made it to top spot – where he served guests supermarket microwave meals dressed-up to look fancy.

One pair enjoyed their meal and even asked to come back.

Mr Butler wrote: “So there we go: I invited people into a hastily-assembled collection of chairs outside my shed, and they left thinking it really could be the best restaurant in London, just on the basis of a TripAdvisor rating.”



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A Tripadvisor spokesman said: “Generally, the only people who create fake restaurant listings are journalists in misguided attempts to test us.

As there is no incentive for anyone in the real world to create a fake restaurant it is not a problem we experience with our regular community – therefore this ‘test’ is not a real world example.

“Between our teams, our tools and our community, we believe we have effective checks and balances in place to maintain the integrity of the reviews on TripAdvisor.”

London Wine Week Hacked

Got your wristband strapped on and your app downloaded with all the bars? Here’s how to get the most out of London Wine Week, day-by-day.


Kick off LWW in style and unleash your inner sommelier at a fun pairing dinner with WSET. Put yourself in the hands of WSET’s wine experts and dine on a meal of beautifully crafted Thai cuisine whilst learning how the major flavours in your food affect your enjoyment of wine and break down the skill of deciphering a wine list. Grab a ticket here.


Head over to Devonshire Square after work to pick up your festival pass and explore all the fantastic wine pop-ups. You’ll see the Freixenet Vintage Van, serving its brand new prosecco as well as the Viva Portugal Bar celebrating all wines Portugese, the Container Bar from Wines of Argentina channeling Latin American vibes and the Vins de Provence Pop-Up pouring delicious rose wines from the south of France. Once your done sipping here head out to explore the serving wine flights and sip + snack pairings. 


Wednesday night is all about the bars! Pick an area and plan your evening around what you’d like to sip on and don’t forget to include a sip + snack to keep you going. Why not head to the and try wines paied with artisanal cheeses and meat at Searcys at The Gherkin, a Spanish wine flight at Humble Grape Fleet Street, fried oysters and Reisling at Hawksmoor Guildhall or (and?) a trio of white and red wines and little-known grapes from Slovenia, Croatia and Lebanon at Bread Street Kitchen. And that’s just one area! 


Start your Thursday off with free glass of fizz at Honest Grapes Unfiltered pop-up inside Oliver Sweeney’s flagship store in Covent Garden. Simply flash your festival pass for your freebie and you’ll also get a goodie bag to take home. They’ll also have a selection of their favourite wines to try, buy and discuss as you meet the Honest Grapes team in-person and on tour. Once you’ve had your complimentary aperitif we’ve got two dinners tonight for you to pick from. 

Treat yourself to a beautiful Champagne dinner with Pol Roger as they serve up a number of vintages in magnums, jeroboams and methuselahs all paired with a dish from The Beast menu, offering guests a unique gastronomic experience, featuring Norwegian King Crab and hand-selected dry-aged Nebraskan Angus Beef. Grab a ticket here.

Alternatively head over to Vintoteca Marylebone for a #Loiremoments evening and be transported to the beauty of rural France, joining Loire Valley Wines at for a food and wine pairing, starting with Muscadet, and moving through Saumur, Chinon, Vouvray, Touraine and Crémant de Loire. Book yourself in here. 


It’s the weekend and time to head to The Wine Edit! Tonight and all day tomorrow we’re taking over this warehouse space and building a giant vineyard comeplete with four wine bars pouring Ribera Del Duero, Loire Valley Wines, Sherry from Jerez and Port as well as a Rogue Terrace serving vermouth cocktails al fresco.

If you’re coming to The Wine Edit tomorrow then spend your Friday night drinking fino sherry straight from the barrels (or an ice cold “Cervezas” on tap) with two set of DJ’s at SACK Bar’s Sherry Disco Fever. 


Regal Rogue aperitifs, pastries, fresh fruits, coconut soy mushrooms, miso aubergines, baked eggs & crisp halloumi – brunch is served. Get yourself into the Ultimate Rogue Brunch to feast and make merry before spending the afternoon in the Wine Edit (which your ticket includes!). 

Came to The Edit last night? Then head on over to King’s Cross where Wine Car Boot is taking over for the day. Local wine merchants from across London rock up with their current favourite wines and you get to taste them, buy them, drink them right then and there or take them home and enjoy whenever you fancy.


Round off the London Wine Week festivities with a spectacular Sunday brunch as wine-expert Lindsay Oram hosts a bespoke Loire Valley Wines meal on Sager+Wilde’s mezzanine on Paradise Row. Get yourself a spot at the table here. 


Shocking CCTV of moment young man is glassed in the face for holding his boyfriend’s hand in London pub

This is the shocking moment a young man is glassed in the face for holding hands with his boyfriend.

Dramatic CCTV footage shows the moment Anjungi Lam, 35, smashes his pint glass into the side of the 20-year-old’s head from behind as he stands at the bar at a Wetherspoons pub.

The victim suffered cuts to his nose, lip and neck as well as a chipped tooth and damage to his cornea in the horrifying attack in the Kentish Drovers pub in Peckham. 

He had never met or spoken to Lam, but believes the attack was motivated by homophobia because he had walked into the pub holding hands with boyfriend, also age 20.

Crime: The thug glassed a stranger in the face in the homophobic attack in a pub (Metropolitan Police)

The couple had been ordering drinks when Lam struck, and flying glass also got in the victim’s boyfriend’s eye in the incident on March 5.

Lam admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent at Inner London Crown Court on June 23, and was jailed for two years.

He was easily identified because he had previously worked at the pub for three months before being sacked for lateness, police said. He was arrested on May 19.

Anjungi Lam, 35, has been jailed (PA)

Investigating officer Pc Lance Sharrock, from Southwark’s Community Safety Unit, said: “This was an entirely unprovoked incident. Lam did not know the victim or his partner, they had not spoken nor had any disagreement to provoke such a violent attack.

“Lam was quickly identified and I am pleased at his sentence which shows that incidents of this nature will not be tolerated.”

A number of unrelated offences Lam had committed were taken into consideration at sentence, including actual bodily harm, assault by beating, theft and possession of an offensive weapon.


Top cricketer Tamim Iqbal flees the UK with his family after he and his wife were ‘targeted in acid attack in London restaurant’

TOP cricketer Tamim Iqbal has left England for home due to “personal reasons” after reports his family were targeted in an attempted “acid attack in a restaurant”.

Bangladesh’s Daily Star reported what they said was a racially-motivated attack in London on Iqbal’s wife Ayesha Siddiqa on Monday night, citing sources close to the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

Iqbal and his wife Ayesha were reportedly targeted by acid attackers in London
The former Test captain bats at The Oval during the ICC Champions Trophy earlier this year

The batsman today took to social media to deny that he and his family had been the victims of an attempted hate crime, without commenting further on the incident.

It comes just days after he signed with Essex Eagles, planning to play in eight T20 Blast matches.

Reports claim Iqbal, his wife and their one-year-old son were leaving a London restaurant when someone tried to throw acid at them, but the trio escaped unharmed.

Another Daily Star report said sources from the Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed the incident.

Iqbal, 28, said on Facebook: “I want all my fans and well wishers to know that I cut short my season with Essex to come back home early for personal reasons.

“Some media reported that we were the target of attempted hate crime. This is really not true.

The family have flown back to Bangladesh for ‘personal reasons’ after just a few days in the UK



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“England is one my of favourite places to play cricket and Essex have been entirely gracious even though I had to leave early.

“I thank all my fans and well wishers for their concern and messages and look forward to going back to England for future matches.”

Essex County Cricket Club confirmed Iqbal had left with “with immediate effect due to personal reasons”.

He had played just one game for the county, scoring seven in Sunday’s defeat by Kent Spitfires.

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A statement said: “We wish him all the best and it would be appreciated if Tamim’s privacy is respected during this time.”

Sun Online has contacted the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the Met Police over the claims.

There have been several reports of acid attacks in the capital this year.

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