Conman ‘posed as aristocrat’ to run up £1,800 hotel bill


An alleged conman posed as an aristocrat before running up a £1,800 bill at luxury London boutique, Great Northern Hotel in Kings Cross.

According to reports, the man claimed to staff that he was the Duke of Marlborough when he checked into the hotel for four days.

He ran up a bill of £1,800 at the 91-bed hotel by posing as Lord Jamie Spencer, but staff became suspicious when he attempted to buy a round of drinks for fellow guests and add it to his bill. When asked to settle up, he reportedly told staff he didn’t have money and left for his room.

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He then allegedly tried to sneak out of the hotel without paying his bill but was stopped by hotel security and the police were called.

When officers found out he was not the Duke he was claiming to be, the man was arrested on suspicion of fraud.

The Great Northern Hotel was designed by Victorian master builder Lewis Cubitt and first opened its doors in 1854. It relaunched in the spring of 2013 after a fully extensive renovation programme that took five years to complete.

The Grade-II listed hotel consists of 91 bedrooms, Plum + Spilt Milk restaurant and GNH bar, which are both popular establishments with locals as well as residents at the hotel.