Time Out Love London Awards 2018 now open for voting to celebrate the capital’s great independent businesses
London, March 2018: A big celebration of small businesses is returning to the capital as Time Out, the global brand that inspires people to make the most of the city, opens voting for its Love London Awards 2018.
The awards honour the most loved venues in cities around the world, voted for by locals. Whether it is the most loved shop, the dive bar with the most experimental cocktails or the secret sunny beer garden off the high street – Londoners have lots of love for those hidden gems in their city. They can now get behind them and vote for their favourite local, independent businesses to give them the recognition they deserve.
From searching for a vintage party dress, fancy canine accessories or second-hand folk records, London is brimming with shops that deliver great quality and personal service. Proving that London is a city of foodies, Cheeses of Muswell Hill won the ‘London’s Most Loved Shop’ Award in 2016. This family-run business boasts one of London’s finest cheese collections, with over 220 varieties, drawing in customers from all across the capital. There is even a disused bomb shelter that was converted into a maturing room. Championing small cheese producers and with a dedication to buying from farms direct, it’s every Londoner’s cheese, chutney and biscuit heaven.
Voting for the Time Out Love London Awards is open from 6 March until 10 April 2018, across 13 categories, including: the most loved local restaurant, bar or pub, LGBTQ hangout, cultural spot and others. Voted for entirely by Londoners, the winners will be revealed on 2 May.
The last Time Out Love London Awards brought into the spotlight some other unique businesses that locals just can’t live without: Yard Sale Pizza in Hackney bagged the top restaurant spot, The Alma in Islington was London’s best boozer, The ArtHouse Crouch End made it three wins in a row as the number one cultural hub and Highness Café and Tea Room in Highbury topped the café rankings.
This year’s Awards are bigger than ever, launching in 15 cities around the world. This is part of Time Out’s commitment to help people discover the best of the city and support local businesses while also offering them a platform to gain recognition and fame. Almost 445,000 votes for local venues have been generated across more than 90 London neighbourhoods since 2014 – proof of the power of local.
Nick Buckland, Executive Chef & Owner, Yard Sale Pizza, the most loved restaurant in London in the Time Out Love London Awards 2016 commented on the great benefits that have come with winning the award: “The Time Out Love London Awards opened us up to a wider audience than our loyal locals, and also raised our profile within the industry. Our top tip to build an independent local business is to treat your staff and customers as part of the family. It’s important that all of your staff enjoy working for your company and that is reflected in your customer interactions. It’s also important to never compromise on quality even when growing, we are continuously looking to improve in everything we do.”
Caroline McGinn, Global Editor in Chief at Time Out, added: “Local knowledge is what Time Out is all about, but our editors can’t be everywhere at once. People who live in a city love and know their neighbourhood, and want to tell Time Out about it. Their recommendations help us capture great new and existing venues – usually cool indie spots – all over the city, and show them some love.
“Local businesses are the beating heart of a city’s neighbourhoods and these Awards are a fantastic way to show your love for all those hidden gems – we want to champion these independents and their entrepreneurial spirit and give them the spotlight they deserve.”
Londoners can vote between 6 March until 10 April 2018 at timeout.com/lovelondon
Time Out Love London Award categories include London’s most loved:
- Local restaurant
- Local brunch spot
- Local coffee place
- Local late-night spot
- Local place to drink in the sun
- Local bar/pub
- Local music venue
- Local park
- Local club/party
- Local LGBTQ hangout
- Local culture spot
- Local landmarkF
- Local shop
About Time Out Group
Time Out is the leading global media and entertainment business that inspires and enables people to make the most of the city. Operating in 112 cities, across 39 countries, it has a global monthly audience reach of 242 million across all platforms.
No one knows the city like Time Out because we’ve been discovering the brilliant and searching out the secret and extraordinary since 1968. If you want to know about food, attractions, art, culture, shopping, travel and nightlife, then Time Out is your social companion. With a world-class digital platform and top-quality curated content, Time Out connects brands and local businesses to the city. Now Time Out Market is taking that to the next stage, bringing the best of the city together under one roof enabling people to discover, book and share their experiences.
In the evolving digital world, our expertise and our growing community of Time Outers and Tastemakers put the very best of the city in the palm of your hand. We are global, and no one knows local better than we do.
Since June 2016, Time Out Group is listed on London’s AIM stock exchange, trading under the ticker symbol TMO’.