As London remained defiant in the aftermath of a major terror attack, the nearest conference venue to the scene of the horrific act of terrorism at Westminster yesterday (22 March), the QEII Centre, issued the following statement, through its chief executive Mark Taylor:
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic events of Wednesday 22 March and offer our heartfelt sympathies to all those involved. We commend the police and emergency services for their calm, contained and highly efficient handling of the situation.
“The QEII Centre was not affected by the incident. The Metropolitan Police Service is not advising that people change their plans, lock down buildings, or anything of this kind and, as such, the Centre is open for business as usual.
“The safety of our visitors and staff is always of paramount importance and so, in the light of this event, and for reassurance of anyone attending events at the Centre, we have further stepped up our visible security to include bag checks at entry to the building.
“It is likely that there may be some congestion in the area for the next few days as roads around Westminster remain closed for the investigation. At the current time Westminster station is also closed for entry and exit although it is possible to interchange to other lines. St James’s Park is our nearest tube station.
“We would like to echo the words of our Mayor, Sadiq Khan, that London remains one of the safest and greatest cities in the world. It is still, most definitely, open for business.”