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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. The scheme has grown as more local authorities operate Best Bar None schemes.

Aims of the scheme

The schemes aim is to:

  • Reduce alcohol related crime and disorder
  • Build a positive relationship between licensed trade, police and local authorities and the private sector
  • Improve knowledge and skills of enforcement and regulation agencies, licensees, and bar staff to help them responsibly manage licensed premises
  • Make sure that accredited venues meet the minimum standards and champion ongoing improvements
  • Recognise responsible premises and share good practices with others
  • Highlight how operating more responsibly can improve the profitability of an individual business and attractiveness of a general area

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, and there are currently 41 venues taking part in the scheme, an increase of just over 20% from 2018-19.

New applicants

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic we were not able to complete Best Bar None (BBN) visits. As a result no new accreditations have been completed since 2020. The BBN Scheme will now open again to new applicants on 1 September 2021 and close on 28 February 2022.

Those who achieved accreditation at the begining of 2020

Those who achieved accreditation at the beginning of 2020 will not need to reapply until 1 April 2022 provided that the Registered Licence Holder and Designated Supervisor has not changed (i.e. the management is still the same as it was when it achieved its accreditation). They will therefore keep their accreditation received in 2019/20 until the start of 2022/23.

Award ceremony

Unfortunately, the award ceremony and associated awards will be discontinued. The BBN Scheme will now just include the initial assessment, a second assessment for those needing to improve to meet assessment criteria, and a formal notification of accreditation, where successful.

Who can enter

Subject to the Terms and Conditions, Best Bar None is open to any Licensed premises permitted to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises. This includes Pubs, Bars, Clubs, Restaurants etc.


To apply for the Best Bar None Scheme please download and complete the Application Form. Please send completed application forms to Healthand.Safety@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

Please also read the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme. You may also wish to read Best Bar None’s Leaflet “Getting ready for your assessment ”.

Best Bar None and the Late Night Levy

All venues that have achieved Best Bar None accreditation are entitled to 30% reduction to the Late Night Levy. This is done automatically and will be shown on your Licence Annual Fees and Charges reminder letter.