Ellie Goulding was left red-faced after being told off by staff at her birthday bash last week.

The 'Burn' hitmaker celebrated turning 23 in style last Monday (30.12.13) at the private members' club Shoreditch House in east London, where she arrived at 7pm with six of her friends.

However, the night ended awkwardly when a pal began taking pictures inside the venue, which has a no-photos policy in order to protect stars, and a member of staff allegedly told them off.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''It was a hairy moment when the staff swooped and Ellie looked really embarrassed as she'd been minding her own business and having a good night.

Ellie stepped forward to make the best of the situation and apologised for their innocent mistake, but the night came to an abrupt end and the group left soon after.

The source added: ''She dealt with the faux pas well and was really polite and sweet with the staff, successfully convincing them it had all been an innocent mistake. But the gang left soon afterwards, at around 10pm, as the scene rather killed the party mood.''