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Best Bar None scheme

Best Bar None 2018, Best of the Best WINNERS
The Best Bar None award scheme was piloted in Manchester city centre in 2003 to promote the responsible management and operation of alcohol-licensed premises. It was supported by the Home Office and the BII and now has the backing of Diageo GB, Heineken, Molson Coors and Pernod-Ricard. The scheme has grown as more local authorities operate Best Bar None schemes.

Best Bar None in Tower Hamlets

In 2014 the scheme was introduced to Tower Hamlets initially covering Brick Lane within the Cumulative Impact Zone. In 2016 it was extended to the rest of the borough. All assessed and approved venues of the Best Bar None scheme are entitled to 30 per cent off the Late Night Levy.

The purpose of the levy is to help local authorities and the police manage and improve the night time economy. The money raised by the levy can be used for a range of activities and can be given to other agencies who can help in:

  • the reduction of crime and disorder
  • promotion of public safety
  • reduction or prevention of public nuisance and
  • cleaning of any relevant highway or land in the borough.

Tower Hamlet’s Best Bar None scheme recognises, promotes and rewards the responsible management and operation of alcohol-licensed premises. The aim is to offer and maintain a high quality, safe and enjoyable social experience within the borough for those that live, work or visit the area.

If you're interested, please complete the application after reading the terms and conditions of the scheme and download the Best Bar None scoring booklet.

Find out what bars have already joined.

Apply to join the scheme

See what a licencing officer and a venue have to say about the scheme:


This year’s applications are now closed. It will reopen in April 2019. For any question regarding the Best Bar None, please contact Licensing@TowerHamlets.gov.uk.

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