Number 10 staff regularly slept off their hangovers on sofas after drinking until 3am in a ‘culture of boozing’.
Cleaners would be greeted by empty drinks left on desks the next morning, according to a Downing Street insider.
‘It was a culture of 3am sessions,’ they told The Times. ‘People used to sleep off their hangovers in the buildings overnight on sofas and in the mornings there were empty drinks on the desks that the cleaners had to pick up. There was a culture of boozing.’
It comes after it was revealed Downing Street held ‘wine-time Fridays’ every week throughout the pandemic which Boris Johnson attended, with staff even investing in a £142 drinks fridge to keep their beer, prosecco and wine cold, it has been claimed.
Government aides were encouraged by the prime minister, who regularly oversaw the gatherings, to ‘let off steam’ at the regular drinks which would often continue until the early hours, at a time when Britons were banned from socialising indoors, sources told