Jetlagged Jacko Is Alienating London’s Hotels
So Michael Jackson left London yesterday after coming over for a week to announce his world tour. Seeing as that only took a mere three minutes, he had to find other things to do. Like seeing a West End version of Oliver!, and, um, getting drunk and going crazy, if the News of the World is to be believed.
It reports that staff at The Lanesborough, where he’d been holed up, thought he looked “off his face” (hur hur) in the early hours of last Wednesday, the day he had arrived in London. He was, apparently, lurching round the lobby, asking for DVDs to watch and had to be led back to his £7500-a-night suite by a security team.
Don’t assume he was drunk, though – oh no. Jacko told them he was jetlagged and having problems sleeping. We can sympathise with that – in fact, we’ve spent the last two years blaming a Mardi Gras black eye on Big Easy-induced jetlag. So despite no one believing us, we’ll give Jacko the benefit of the doubt.
Unfortunately, The Dorchester won’t. thelondonpaper* reported yesterday that Jackson will no longer be welcome at his former favourite hotel. According to their hotel source:
”He stayed there a few times but the hotel didn’t like the circus that surrounded him. They felt it upset the other guests and it was just too much hassle.”
Here’s hoping the Lanesborough takes him back when he comes back for his tour. Although, we’re sure he can find somewhere else. Somewhere that has an in-room DVD library, for a start. You deserve that, if you’re paying £7500.
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