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. 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.  The scheme has taken off nationally, as more local authorities operate BBN schemes.

Best Bar None in Kensington and Chelsea

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, in 2011 47 premises gained membership, 2012 saw 48 premises awarded.  2013 marked the sixth year of the scheme and saw an increase on previous years, with 53 premises being awarded BBN status.

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.

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 . The category finalists are judged by a panel made up of Ward Councillors, Senior Police Officers, Senior Council Officers and Licensed Trade Representatives. All awarded members are invited to an awards event to celebrate their achievement.

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