Some of Britain's top restaurants may turn themselves into private membership clubs with token admission charges to avoid the Government's proposed smoking ban. The Floridita in London, partly owned by Sir Terence Conran, is expected to be the first in Britain to introduce a membership scheme. The bar prides itself on its Cuban atmosphere, which could be destroyed if patrons are not allowed to puff away on Havana cigars. TV broadcaster John Burton-Rice is also considering turning his New Angel restaurant in Dartmouth, Devon, into a private members' club. A number of restaurants in other countries have adopted similar tactics in a bid to beat smoking bans. The Sunday Telegraph 21/11/04 page 3