Bartenders named among 1,000 driving progress in London

Tony Conigliaro

Bar owners and bartenders have been recognised for their contribution to making London a great city in the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000.

Bartenders include Alastair Burgess, founder of bars Happiness Forgets and Original Sin, Richard Woods of Duck & Waffle at Sushisamba and Adam Wyatt-Jones, head bartender at new restaurant and bar Craft London.

The list also features bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana whose London ventures include White Lyan in Hoxton and Dandelyan at the Mondrian London hotel.

Tony Conigliaro (pictured) is listed because of bars such as 69 Colebrooke Row and Bar Termini and his work on bars at Grain Store in King’s Cross and Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell and Marylebone.

Other bar owners in the list include Michael and Charlotte Sager-Wilde, who have opened wine bars Sager + Wilde and Mission, and Steve Ball, who heads Columbo Group which operates The Blues Kitchen bars and venues such as XOYO and new club and bar Phonox.

The role of members clubs in London is recognised by the inclusion of Nick Jones, the founder of Soho House Group, and Robin Birley whose ventures include super-exclusive 5 Hertford Street.

Restaurateurs on the list include Andre Balazs of Chiltern Firehouse, Christopher Corbin and Jeremy King, Richard Caring, Des McDonald, and Des Gunewardena and David Loewi of D&D London. Margaret Crow and Brett Redman who opened pub The Richmond in Hackney this year are also included.

Jonathan Downey, well-known for creating many top bars including Milk & Honey as well as developing London’s street food scene, is included for co-founding London Union, a proposed new food market.

Sandrae Lawrence and Gary Sharpen have made the list for their magazine, The Cocktail Lovers, and their trend-setting work promoting the bar industry and running events.

Kit Kemp, the co-owner of Firmdale Hotels, features in the list as one of the key “Progress Makers” because of her role in changing London through investments such as Ham Yard Hotel.

Leading bar and restaurant designers Martin Brudnizki and Tom Dixon are among the designers and architects included. Tom is also involved in Craft London with chef Stevie Parle.

With London a destination for food, many top chefs are included in the Progress 1000 including Stevie Parle, Jason Atherton, Ollie Dabbous, Nuno Mendes, Heston Blumenthal and Fergus Henderson.

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