Man falls to death from Hilton hotel's rooftop bar in London

Police are not treating the man's death as suspicious

Lizzie Dearden
Friday 13 May 2016 09:31
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The bar (not pictured) overlooks the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Thames
The bar (not pictured) overlooks the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Thames

A man has fallen to his death from a Hilton hotel’s rooftop bar overlooking the Tower of London.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, died at the scene outside a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in front of “screaming” onlookers at the start of Thursday’s evening rush hour.

Paramedics battled to save his life on the pavement but he died at the scene.

Balazs Szeljak, 35, a shift manager at the nearby Cheshire Cheese pub, told the Evening Standard a passer-by ran inside to ask for help.

The SkyLounge is on teh 12th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London hotel

“Some people were screaming,” he said. “He said he couldn’t help him, there was nothing he could do as he was in such a bad way.

“By the time I got outside the police had already sealed off the area and were telling people to get inside.”

The man, who has not been named, is believed to have fallen from the luxury hotel’s SkyLounge bar, which has a terrace overlooking the City of London and River Thames on the 12th floor.

Police quickly closed off the area outside the DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London and moved drinkers off the rooftop bar.

One customer described the terrace as “packed” on the warm, sunny afternoon and said they had no idea what had happened when officers arrived.

City of London Police said the man’s death was not being treated as suspicious.

“Officers and the London Ambulance Service were called at 4.51pm to report of a man injured having fallen from a building,” a spokesperson said.

“He was initially believed to be in a serious condition but died at the scene. There were local road closures in Pepys Street and next of kin were being informed.”

A spokesperson for the DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London hotel said: “It is with deep regret that we can confirm the death of a man at the hotel yesterday evening.

"Team Members acted swiftly to alert the authorities and the police and ambulance services were onsite shortly after the incident occurred. The police have since confirmed that the death is not being treated suspiciously.

"Safety and security at the hotel are of paramount importance and we continue to make every effort to ensure that all practises are in line with our strict safety and security procedures.”

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