About Best Bar None
Best Bar None (BBN) award scheme was piloted in Manchester City Centre in 2003 to promote the responsible management and operation of alcohol-licensed premises. The scheme has taken off and there are now in the region of 100 local authorities operating BBN schemes nationwide. It was supported by the Home Office and the BII, and now has the backing of Diageo GB, Bacardi Forman-Brown, Heineken and Molson Coors.
In 2008 the scheme was introduced to Kensington and Chelsea as a pilot covering the Knightsbridge, Chelsea and Earl’s Court areas. In 2009 this was extended across the whole borough, taking in Kensington, Notting Hill and North Kensington. 2010 saw a take up of nearly half of the eligible premises, with over 40 premises being awarded BBN status and in 2011, 47 premises gained membership.
Best Bar None in Kensington and Chelsea
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Best Bar None scheme recognises, promotes and rewards the responsible management and operation of alcohol-licensed premises. The ultimate aim is to offer and maintain a high quality, safe and enjoyable social experience within the borough for those that live in, work in or visit the area.
2012 marked the fifth year of the scheme and saw a slight increase on previous years, with 48 premises being awarded BBN status.
The awards team is made up of Royal Borough Licensing Officers and the local Police, working in partnership with the Council’s Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Community Safety Team, the London Fire Authority, Transport for London and the British Institute of Innkeeping. The category finalists are judged by a panel made up of Councillors, Senior Police Officers, Senior Council Officers and Trade Representatives. All awarded members are invited to an awards event to celebrate their achievement.