One of these businesses was the Bodrum Kebab House restaurant which has served the community for many years. The staff were welcoming and the restaurant had a loyal clientele. On match days the Bodrum was packed with Chelsea FC supporters.
The Bodrum was one of the businesses who had received over a 100% rent increase from EC Properties GP Ltd, a wing of developer Capital and Counties (Capco). They were trying to renegotiate their rent increase but this was not to be.
During the night of the 1st of April 2014 at Kensington Town Hall, the council’s Conservative-led Major Planning Developments Committee passed another round of planning applications from Capco. Whilst Capco directors and their landscapers and architects sat in the Hall, the staff at the Bodrum were removing their equipment from the restaurant and loading it into a van. The manager had been informed by his solicitor that they had until 9am the following morning to vacate the premises. Five people lost their jobs that night – they were distressed and shocked.
A local resident and photographer Oscar Konrad was passing and took pictures of the Bodrum’s last hours.