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Boris finds secret cellar of Chateauneuf du Pape

Published:  23 July, 2008

New mayor of London Boris Johnson has discovered a secret wine cellar in City Hall stashed with over a hundred bottles of fine wine including several dozen Chateauneuf du Pape vintages.

Johnson said it was not yet clear whether the collection was owned by the Greater London Authority or by former mayor Ken Livingstone.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "Last night I flung wide a cupboard that I had not opened before and found to my delight a fridge, stocked with several bottles. But then, beside it was another cupboard.

"I opened that - it was like being Howard Carter with Tutankhamun - there was this astonishingly fine collection of wine.

"They were very fine bottles left behind by Mayor Livingstone. Whether they are GLA bottles of wine or his own we have yet to discover.

"There are rows and rows of glistening Chateauneuf du Pape, a goodly hoard, over a hundred bottles."

One of Johnson's first action points in office was the banning of drinking alcohol on London's tube network from June 1, which prompted wide scale partying on the system the night prior to the ban.