Hidden cocktail destination named best bar in London

Breakfast Club smegThe Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, the cocktail bar hidden on the other side of a Smeg fridge door at The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields (pictured), has been named best bar in the London Lifestyle Awards.

Also at last night’s awards, Maddox Club in Mayfair was named best club while Eight in Moorgate and Bank was named the capital’s best members club.

Alexandra Witney, marketing manager for Eight, said: “It is an honour to be recognised by the industry as the top member’s club of the year. Eight Members Club was in wonderful company with the other award winners last night and I think it is apparent why London is known for having some of the best selection of venues in the world.”

Best restaurant was Mash London, the underground steakhouse and bar in Soho, while best music venue was the legendary jazz destination, the Dover Street Restaurant & Bar in Mayfair.

Peter Trauboth, director of Mash, said: “We are so proud having been in London less than a year. It’s truly amazing.”

The hospitality group of the year award went to ETM Group which operates bars and gastropubs such as The Botanist in Chelsea, Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, The Well in Clerkenwell and The Gun in Docklands. It is due to open One Canada Square in Canary Wharf in November.

Tom Martin, co-owner of ETM Group, said: “I am thrilled to have won this award and am delighted that so many people feel that my venues make a difference to their London lifestyle.”

A special award for “legend of the year” went to Nick House, who has been behind some of the highest-profile clubs and parties in London since the late 1990s. With Piers Adam, he runs Brompton Brands whose venues include Mahiki, Bodo’s Schloss, Rose Club, Whisky Mist and the Brompton Club.

Other awards included best hotel which went to The Savoy, home to the American Bar and the Beaufort Bar.

The London Lifestyle Awards were created in 2010 to honour the people and businesses that make an outstanding contribution to London and its lifestyle. Voted on through an online survey of over 250,000 people, the winners were announced last night at The Troxy in Limehouse.

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