Goldman Sachs bankers enjoyed drinks on the roof of the firm’s London headquarters during the coronavirus lockdown while millions of Britons were unable to see friends and families due to strict social distancing rules, The Telegraph can reveal.
Senior bankers attended a drinks event on Wednesday May 20, at Goldman’s £1bn Plumtree Court offices while social distancing rules prevented meetings of more than two people from different households.
The details of the event have emerged after Goldman’s New York-based boss, David Solomon, was heavily criticised for DJing last weekend at a charity concert in the Hamptons that was accused of “egregious” social distancing violations.
Mr Solomon, whose DJ name is D-Sol, played electronic dance music for an hour to a crowd of thousands.
No clients attended the drinks event on May 20 and outsiders have not been allowed to visit during the pandemic.
It is just over a year since the bank moved into the 10-storey office, which is equipped with lactation suites for new mothers and a climbing wall.
The building’s roof can hold 600 people and has hosted end of day debriefings for staff working in the office during the pandemic.
The bank is understood to have taken the view that outdoor areas at the building were not considered public spaces under the rules at the time.
A Goldman Sachs spokesman said: “The small number of essential staff who were in the office throughout the period to keep our business running have been allowed to use outside space for fresh air and meeting in a socially distanced manner, in line with UK lockdown regulations and government guidelines.
“Outside areas on our premises are not public spaces and are closely supervised to ensure social distancing protocol is followed.”