Burger King refused licence to sell beer at train stations in London

Burger King refused beer sale licence at train stations. Credit: PA

Fast food giant Burger King has been refused a licence to sell beer at two of London’s busiest rail stations.

Burger King, which is run by firm SSP, wanted a licence to sell beer from 10am until 11pm from Monday to Saturday, and until 10.30pm on Sunday at Victoria and Paddington stations.

But amid strong opposition from the police, PC Bryan Lewis told Westminster council’s measures could put young people at risk, and increase crime and disorder around the stations, the Standard reports.

SSP, which runs Burger King outlets at travel hubs across the globe, applied for a licence to sell beer from 10am until 11pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am until 10.30pm on Sundays.

Solicitor for SSP, Nicola Smith said that Burger King customers could already purchase alcohol from other restaurants and shops surrounding the station.

"It’s really so that our customers can go to one venue instead of two," she said.