Laurel Pub Company is reported to have taken back the seven style bars it had leased to Vodka Bar Management, amid claims of unpaid rent. Laurel said: "The seven outlets will revert to the sole management of Laurel. The bars have traded well and will be run in a similar style." VBM had operated seven Laurel sites through management agreements, six of them under their Babuska brand and the other under the Sex In The City title in Chiswell Street in the City of London. VBM is the management arm of Style in the City, founded by John O'Donnell and brothers Gary and Tony Hibberd. VBM was unavailable for comment.