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Epsom restaurateur is granted Freedom of the City of London

PUBLISHED: 12:24 03 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:13 20 February 2013

Epsom restaurateur is granted Freedom of the City of London

Epsom restaurateur is granted Freedom of the City of London

Epsom restaurateur Enam Ali, who owns the highly-acclaimed Indian restaurant Le Raj, has been made a Freeman of the City of London.

Epsom restaurateur Enam Ali, who owns the highly-acclaimed Indian restaurant Le Raj, has been made a Freeman of the City of London.


On Monday, the 51-year-old businessman was accompanied to the ceremony at the Guildhall, London by his wife Ruby, daughter Justine and sons Jeffery and Jahid.


It is the second major honour Enam has received in the last two years,having beenmade an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2009.


I feel humbled and privileged to be granted such an historic honour as the Freedom of the City of London, and joining a long line of Freemen going all the way back to the 13th century, says Enam.


A number of ancient privileges are associated with the Freedom, including the right to herd sheep over London Bridge.


As I dont have any sheep, perhaps Ill drive a Le Raj lamb curry across the bridge instead, he laughs.


The granting of the Freedom of the City of London is recognition of Enams contribution to the hospitality industry and the Asian community in the UK - he conceived the Dine Bangladeshi campaign in 1992; helped form the Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs; publishes and edits the trade and community magazine, Spice Business; and launched the British Curry Awards seven years ago.



  • Le Raj, 211 Fir Tree Road, Epsom Downs, SurreyKT17 3LB Tel: 01737 371371

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