Responsible Tower Hamlets businesses celebrated in Best Bar None awards


Mayor John Biggs meets representatives from the 27 finalists

The Best Bar None (BBN) Award winners for Tower Hamlets in 2018 were announced last night in a ceremony at The Tower Hotel, St Katherine’s Way, London.

27 pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels across Tower Hamlets entered this year’s awards – marking them out not only as fun places to be but also leading examples of the night-time economy and responsible practice within the borough.

All have taken practical steps to reduce alcohol induced crime and anti-social behaviour, and ensured the safety of patrons and the surrounding area, by: 

  • Keeping up to date drug policies which also include psychoactive substances known as legal highs
  • Using CCTV for improved security
  • Having a dispersal policy to ensure people leave safely, towards the best transport hub and away from residential areas.

Steps like these also create a harmonious relationship between the venue, local businesses and residents.

The BBN Awards is a national scheme supported by the Home Office and is designed to promote the responsible management and operation of premises which are licensed to serve alcohol. Venues that qualify can then use a Best Bar None logo as a sign of quality and assurance.

Businesses that qualify for a BBN award also become eligible for a 30% levy reduction in the borough for being members of a business-led best practice scheme.

Bradley Lomas of the East London Pub Company (one of the 27 businesses to be nominated) comments:

“The BBN scheme is fantastic in pointing out the key principles of operating a successful but safe business that works for everybody. Operating in the hospitality industry comes with many challenges; so the BBN awards are a platform that can help achieve greater understanding on how to tackle and resolve these challenges.”

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

“The range of bars, restaurants, pubs, hotels and other nightlife is a key part the thriving community in our borough. However, ensuring the safety of our residents and visitors is a priority – and these awards recognise those businesses that have set a new standard. It’s great that we have so many businesses in our borough achieving these new high-standards and we would like to see more businesses join them.”

Lead Member for Community Safety, Councillor Asma Begum said:

“The BBN awards are a great way of promoting safety – not only of guests and customers, but of neighbourhoods and the local community. It’s great to see business owners in Tower Hamlets promote knowledge and understanding of running a safe operation, while giving residents and customers reassurance that they take key issues seriously.”


Full list of 27 nominated businesses is:

The Big Chill Bar, The Ten Bells, Sports Bar & Grill, The Henry Addington, Boisdale Canary Wharf, Drapers Bar & Grill, The White Hart, The Medieval Banquet, 28 West, Backyard Comedy Club, Café 1001, East London Liquor Company, Hilton Canary Wharf, London Cocktail Club Bethnal Green, London Cocktail Club Shoreditch, Manjal Fine Dining Restaurant, Pepper St Ontiod, The Galvanisers Union, The Griff Inn, The Hawksmoor, The Holiday Inn London Whitechapel, The Horn of Plenty, The Old George, The Silver Sturgeon, The Star of Bethnal Green, The Tower Hotel and Wilton's Music Hall.

Award winners:

  • Best of Brick Lane 2018 – Best Bar: The Big Chill Bar
  • Best of Brick Lane 2018 – Best Pub: The Ten Bells
  • Best of Canary Wharf 2018 - Best Bar: Sports Bar & Grill
  • Best of Canary Wharf 2018 - Best Pub: The Henry Addington
  • Best of Canary Wharf 2018 - Best Restaurant: Boisdale Canary Wharf
  • Best of the Rest 2018 - Best Bar: Drapers Bar & Grill
  • Best of the Rest 2018 - Best Pub: The White Hart
  • Best of the Rest 2018 - Best Restaurant: The Medieval Banquet

  • Best of the Best - Best Bar: The Big Chill Bar
  • Best of the Best - Best Pub: The Ten Bells
  • Best of the Best - Best Restaurant: Boisdale Canary Wharf
  • Best of the Best - Best Hotel: Hilton Canary Wharf


Posted on Tuesday 13th March 2018