London SE1 community website

Shipp’s Tearooms shut by lease dispute

London SE1 website team

Shipp's Tearooms in Borough Market has suddenly closed following a request by its landlords.

Shipp’s Tearooms shut by lease dispute

The tearooms opened last year in the Park Street electrical shop known as W. Shipp & Son but this month the Borough Market trustees formally requested that the shop comply with its lease.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of Shipp's Tearooms," reads a statement on the shop's website. "Our landlord, The Borough Market Board of Trustees, has informed us that we are in breach of our lease. With no viable offer on the table our only option is to bow to its wishes and close down."

A notice in the window reads: "Our landlords ... have instructed us to close the business forthwith."

Shipp's, which claims that it was fulfilling a need, is encouraging disappointed customers to contact the Borough Market management to make their feelings known.

In response the market authority has issued its own statement: "As responsible landlords, The Trustees of the Borough Market expect all tenants to comply with the terms of their leases; this is important for the smooth and harmonious running of the market to the benefit of all its tenants and its customers. The Trustees have asked the tenant of 4 Park Street to comply with the terms of its lease and it is a matter for him as to whether he does that. We all hope that this matter can be resolved amicably."

In 2005 Southwark Council granted planning permission for the sale of hot food for consumption off the premises.

The SE1 website is supported by people like you
This article on a map
Map
Keep up with SE1 news

We have three email newsletters for you to choose from:

We are part of
Independent Community News Network
Email newsletter

For the latest local news and events direct to your inbox every Monday, you need our weekly email newsletter SE1 Direct.

7,000+ locals read it every week. Can you afford to miss out?

Read the latest issue before signing up

Archive
News archive from February 1999 to January 2001
Got a story for us?
Contact us with your tip-offs and story ideas.