June 5, 2017 12:14 pm
Updated: June 5, 2017 1:32 pm

London witness says he’ll drink, flirt ‘more not less’ if it upsets terrorists

Richard Angell's interview with the BBC is getting a lot of attention for the defiant tone he took after witnessing the terror attack over the weekend in London.


A London man who witnessed Saturday’s deadly attack while dining at a restaurant says he’ll continue to go out and have a great time, “because that’s what makes London so great.”

Richard Angell’s defiant tone during an interview with BBC News made international headlines, as the world grappled with news of three men who carried out the deadly attacks on London Bridge and a nearby market. The attack left seven dead, including 30-year-old Christine Archibald from British Columbia.

“If me having a gin and tonic with my friends and flirting with handsome men, hanging out with brilliant women, is what offends these people so much, I’m going to do it more, not less,” he said.

Angell, who is the director of the think tank Progress, was dining at Arabica Bar and Kitchen in the city’s Borough Market when the attack began. With the help of police and restaurant employees, he escaped unharmed.

That’s why Angell told the Independent UK he plans to revisit the restaurant and pay his bill — with an extra tip.

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“This remarkable young waiter, who probably wasn’t being paid very much, positioned himself next to the door, put his foot behind it and wedged it closed,” he said, also praising others who stepped up to help.

Witnesses recounted stories of Londoners fighting off attackers by throwing bottles, chairs and tables. 

Eventually, police escorted Angell and about 30 other diners from the restaurant.

“It was pretty scary and people were scared and shaken around us. It was pretty awful,” he told Buzzfeed UK.

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