Time Out Love London Awards 2018 now open for voting to celebrate the capital’s great independent businesses

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 dive bar with the most experimental cocktails, the music venue showcasing the next big thing 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.

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 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, Cheeses of Muswell Hill was named best shop 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

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 landmark
  • Local shop

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