Steam & Rye among London Club & Bar Awards winners

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Steam & Rye (pictured) was named best bar in the London Club & Bar Awards at a ceremony that celebrated the capital’s boutique clubs, nightclubs and late-night bars.

Now in their 20th year, the awards were compered by Boy George at the InterContinental hotel in Mayfair in front of leading figures from across London’s nightlife.

Steam & Rye in the City was launched last year by nightlife entrepreneur Nick House and model Kelly Brook, with a bar team headed by award-winning bartender Andy Mil.

The overall title of best club at the awards went to Dstrkt near Piccadilly Circus, which was also recognised with the award for best DJ going to Scott Chester.

The award for best late-night bar went to the London Edition hotel in Fitzrovia which is home to the lobby bar, the Basement club, Berners Tavern and The Punch Room. Best restaurant bar was the Buddha-Bar in Knightsbridge.

Other nominees in the bar categories were Mash London, Opium, Mahiki, Coya, Mr Fogg’s, JuJu, McQueen, Sanctum Soho, Aquum, Polo Bar at The Westbury and Hutong in the Shard.

Polo Bar at The Westbury won the award for best mixology.

Judges named Cirque Le Soir in Soho as best boutique club and also gave the venue’s Monday party the award for best night. The Drury Club in Covent Garden was named best new boutique club.

Other nominees in the boutique club categories were Disco, Boujis, Bodo’s Schloss, Whisky Mist, Kitsch and Baroque at Playboy London.

Club No 41 in Mayfair won the title of best new club while the award for best members club went to Mersault in south Kensington. Spearmint Rhino was named best gentlemen’s club.

Other venues nominated in the best club categories were Maddox, Cuckoo Club, Disco, The British Luxury Club (BLC), Platinum Lace, Studio at Gilgamesh, Libertine, Funky Buddha and Werewolf.

The Roof Gardens in Kensington gained the award for best interior design and venue concept, beating off other nominees Whisky Mist, Mash London, London Hippodrome, Coya, London Edition, Dstrkt, Mr Fogg’s, Novikov, The Wellington and Aqua London.

An award for outstanding achievement in London nightlife went to Gary and Glen Sewell of leading nightclub and event management company Sintillate.

The award for sexiest host was presented by legendary host Philip Salon, awarded to Jeff Lim from Gilgamesh in Camden.

A special award for services to the industry was given to Terry Georgiou, owner of Aquum in Clapham, which continues to thrive after opening five years ago.

Full list of winners

Best club: Dstrkt
Best new club: Club No 41
Best new boutique club: The Drury Club
Best boutique club: Cirque Le Soir
Best members club: Mersault
Best bar: Steam & Rye
Best late-night bar: London Edition
Best restaurant bar: Buddha-Bar
Best gentlemen’s club: Spearmint Rhino
Best mixology: Polo Bar at The Westbury.
Best interior design and venue concept: The Roof Gardens
Best bar DJs: McQueen
Best DJ: Scott Chester at Dstrkt
Best night: Mondays at Cirque Le Soir
Best one-off night: Bodo’s Schloss
Best marketing: Lux (guest list)
Best promotional team: Yossi
Sexiest host: Jeff Lim, Gilgamesh
Award for services to the industry: Terry Georgiou, Aquum
The Up All Night Award: Maurice Marshall from Maddox
Outstanding achievement in London nightlife: Gary and Glen Sewell, Sintillate


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