Bar owners among London’s 1,000 most influential

Tony Conigliaro Tristan Stephenson Alex KammerlingBartenders and owners of bars and clubs are among the most influential people in London, according to the Standard’s annual power list for 2012.

Published today, it features a roll-call of names from London’s top bars and clubs – the first time many of them have featured in the list alongside the likes of David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

They include Tony Conigliaro, joint owner of 69 Colebrooke Row and Zetter Townhouse bar, and Jonathan Downey of Rushmore Group which operates sites such as Giant Robot, Redhook and Milk & Honey. They have been added to the list along with Erik Lorincz, head bartender of the American Bar at the Savoy.

Richard Wynne, the co-owner of Callooh Callay and the new Beard To Tail, is also featured, along with Tristan Stephenson, part of the team from consultancy Fluid Movement who run bars Dach & Sons, Purl and The Worship Street Whistling Shop.

Matt Tucker and Dan Beaumont stay in the top 1,000 after opening Dalston Superstore in 2009. Also remaining on the list are Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling of Inception Group, which operates Bart’s, Maggie’s and Bunga Bunga and is about to launch two new sites in the West End.

Other leading figures from London’s club scene are included: Nick Jones, the founder of Soho House Group, and Robin Birley, who this year opened 5 Hertford Street after running his father’s legendary venue, Annabel’s, as well as Ministry of Sound founder James Palumbo.

Matt Jacomb makes it on the list for running London pubs such as the Pig’s Ear and Carpenter’s Arms as well as the expanding Union Bar & Grill group, currently in Chiswick, Paddington and Euston.

Mixologist Alex Kammerling is included in the top 1,000 for his develop of his own ginseng spirit Kamm & Sons as is Sam Galsworthy, a co-founder of gin and vodka producer Sipsmith. Jules Whiteway is cited for establishing Hackney brewery London Fields with Ian Burgess.

New entries include Jonny Boud and Alex Potter, who this year launched Ping, which combines ping-pong with DJs, cocktails and pizza. Also new is Blaise Bellville who, among other ventures, runs the Boiler Room club nights.

It features restaurateurs such as Richard Caring of Scott’s, The Ivy, Annabel’s, and Chris and Jeff Galvin of Galvin at Windows. Retaining their place on the list are Christopher Corbin and Jeremy King of The Wolseley, The Delaunay, the new Brasserie Zédel, and the newer Colbert in the former site of Oriel in Sloane Square.

Newcomers in the power list include Des Gunewardena, chief executive and chairman of D&D London, which has expanded over the past two months with the Old Bengal Warehouse bar and restaurant complex and the company’s first hotel, South Place.

Other chefs and restaurants added this year include Jackson Boxer of Rita’s Bar & Dining, Ben Spalding, “Young Turks” James Lowe and Isaac McHale, Serge Becker of La Bodega Negra, Martin Morales of Ceviche, Ollie Dabbous of Dabbous and Florence Knight, head chef at Polpetto.

Other newcomers on the list include James Knappett and Sandia Chang of Bubbledogs, Jamie Berger and Tom Adams of Pitt Cue Co, and Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins of Meat Liquor.

Others remaining in the top 1,000 from last year include Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal, Angela Hartnett, Mark Hix, Fergus Henderson of St John, Ruth Rogers of The River Café, Russell Norman of Polpo, Polpetto, Spuntino and da Polpo, and venture capitalist Arjun Waney, co-founder of Zuma, Roka and new Peruvian restaurant Coya.

The Standard also includes some of London’s top “tycoons and entrepreneurs” including Diageo chief executive Paul Walsh, London Hippodrome owner Simon Thomas and Harvey Nichols chief executive Joseph Wan.

Pictured above (left to right) are Tony Conigliaro, Tristan Stephenson and Alex Kammerling.

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