Sex and the City: life as a hostess in London’s gilded halls


In the wake of the Presidents Club scandal, a 19-year-old relives an evening she would rather forget serving guests at a City banquet

The job looked good on paper – serving guests at an exclusive banquet in a City of London livery hall. The pay was good, too – £10.20 an hour, the London living wage and significantly more than the £7.05 for similar jobs. For Lucy, a 19-year-old corporate catering assistant, it was far too good an opportunity to turn down.

Later, she wished she had. The extra pay did not make up for the barrage of comments and bad behaviour, including persistent and unchecked harassment by a diner who made inappropriate sexual comments, asked personal questions and propositioned her for a threesome. “At some point he was ‘complimenting’ me and telling me I looked beautiful,” Lucy said.

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