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The Time Out Love London Awards

The results are in! Find out which restaurants, cafés, bars, shops and cultural venues came out on top in your area

London has spoken, and the results are in for Time Out’s second annual Love London Awards. Since the awards launched in September, nearly 16,000 nominations have been cast for almost 5,000 amazing venues across the capital. Followed by close to 75,000 votes, revealing the most-loved spots in each category – cafés, restaurants, shops, local culture and pubs – in every area of London. Here we reveal the five fantastic places that received the most votes overall. Then read on for the top venues in your neighbourhood. Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks for making London so damn lovable!

The overall winners

London's most-loved restaurant: Cay Tre

Given the sheer number of dining options in London, it’s testament to this Dean Street Vietnamese’s charm and authenticity that it’s topped the list of London’s most-loved restaurants. Few places of its ilk go to such lengths when it comes to getting cuisine spot on – the signature beef pho is cooked for 18 hours, while provenance is a priority across the menu. Or perhaps versatility is what makes Cay Tre stand out? While it’s a great place to bring a group of friends and graze on noodles, curries, salads and grills, it’s also the ideal spot to cosy up on a street-facing stool with a steaming bowl of pho and spend your lunch hour watching Soho do its thing. It might not be the most ostentatious of eateries, but everything it does it does supremely well, and Londoners clearly can’t get enough of it.

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Soho

London's most-loved café: Love & Scandal

A new-wave coffee shop that also does a full English? We can’t quite work out why nobody thought of this sooner. Sticking the place on Lower Marsh, behind Waterloo station is a similarly inspired move, meaning hungover Zone 1 folk no longer need resort to train-station chains for revitalising fixes of pork and caffeine. Beans come from Wimbledon’s revered Alchemy roastery, and food changes week-to-week, but always seems to involve some sort of chocolate cake. Over-fussy cafés of London, take note: get the simple things right and Londoners will love you for ever.

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Waterloo

London's most-loved shop: BOW WOW

Londoners love their hounds, and if they’re dressed up as a squirrel or a sailor or James Bond, even better. But, as anyone who’s ever tried to wriggle a dachshund into a pair of dungarees will appreciate, doggy fancy dress is a niche enterprise – hence it’s not all about daft costumes at this West End pet shop. It also stocks a slobber-inducing array of toys, grooming products and accessories, all designed to ensure your pooch is the talk of the park. It’s only a dinky little place – more pug than great dane – but this just helps to ensure that service is always the mutt’s nuts.

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Covent Garden

London's most-loved pub: The Kenton

Anyone declaring that Hackney has lost its soul obviously hasn’t had a pint at the Kenton. Located a safe distance from the borough’s trendier strips, this is a pub that’s managed to resist the novelty bandwagons and retain its identity. That’s not to say that the Kenton is stuck in the past – craft beers are present behind the bar, food comes from street-food sandwich maestros Sub Cult and DJs drop in to drop beats come the weekend. It’s this curatorial approach to trends that’s surely to thank for the Kenton’s enduring appeal, and the reason it’s now officially Londoners’ favourite pub.

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South Hackney

London's most-loved cultural venue: ArtHouse Crouch End

Around a quarter of all your favourites within the ‘local culture’ category of this year’s awards are cinemas, suggesting London hasn’t succumbed to the lazy lure of on-demand streaming just yet. But how did the ArtHouse cinema beat the rest? Perhaps it’s because – with its cosy café and excellent bar – it’s so much more than a brilliantly programmed two-screen cinema. Of course, if you do just fancy an afternoon of esoteric cinema in a darkened room, it has you covered – try this week’s Gaywise Festival events, or head down next month for screenings of the Barbican’s Benedict Cumberbatch-starring production of ‘Hamlet’, or Sleaford Mods documentary ‘Invisible Britain’. You don’t get all that on Netflix.

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Hornsey Vale

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Comments

37 comments
julia d
julia d

Hello- When will you be opening the nominations for this years Time Out London Awards?

Laura S
Laura S

Brixton Library's a lot more than  FREE wifi & books!  DVDs, e-books, e-magazines. 

Loads of FREE groups, from mums-&-toddlers to Radical Readers.

FREE expert advice sessions, from money management to careers. 

Regular FREE events - next is Wed 28 Oct, 7pm, Pegasus Opera singalong - and regular whole FREE festivals, from Black history to readers/writers. 

Next to the Ritzy... but a lot more going on... 

Tania B
Tania B

Espacio Gallery, Bethnal GreenRd, E2 7DG - fabulous cooperative run gallery, different exhibition every 2 weeks. Never a dull moment !

Patsie M
Patsie M

Carpenter's Arms Hammersmith - Excellent food, friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere

lucas c
lucas c

Voted for Subtitles cafe, best film and coffee place in Dalston, Hackney.

Adam S
Adam S

Nominated Kilburn Ironworks as best bar in Kilburn & west hampstead. the only place to get a real cocktail. NW finally has something good

Mark L
Mark L

Why was Colliers Wood not included in the Wimbledon category this year?  Several venues won their categories last year, and the tube stops either side of the area are included. I hope Time Out doesn't refer to "the best in SW19" in the awards, as half the postcode was excluded.

Tony M
Tony M

I nominate Brasserie Vacherin in Sutton SM1.  It serves the most delicious classic French cuisine, and the staff are absolutely  parfait!  The décor and ambience will transport to you Paris for a couple of hours.....why bother with Eurostar?

Leah M
Leah M

I nominate Mill Hill Music Complex as we now have our second gig thanx to having somewhere soo great to practice xxxxx

Antonio R
Antonio R

I nominate FED BY WATER in Dalston for delicious pasta and pizza (and tiramisu!!!) and guess what? I am Italian too so.....you have my word! :-)))))

syed A
syed A

We had a family party at mirch masala Streatham Area.The food was delicious and staff was very friendly.Its a very good place for family get to gather.

Ismail P
Ismail P

I nominate Mirch masala Norbury

Mirch masala is my favourite BBQ place, also the currys are to die for. The lamb chops are heavenly!

James A
James A

The Kindness Offensive Bookshop - provides free books to the general public every Saturday afternoon at 273 Camden Road, Holloway, N7 0JN

Jonny R
Jonny R

WHY ISN'T 'CROYDON' ON HERE? 

Savitri C
Savitri C

I vote the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair for being a great day out! Vintage shopping at it's finest, live music, tea room, beauty parlor, alterations and more...

nicknickn
nicknickn Tastemaker

I can review places in Thornton Heath and Croydon on the Time Out website, I'd like to able to nominate them too in the #LoveLondonAwards please!

Toni K
Toni K

I nominate The Curzon Cinema which is about to be demolished. Is nothing sacred ?

Lisa O
Lisa O

Surprised not to see The Little One coffee shop in Primrose Hill, it's definitely one of the best places in North West London for that category. Amazing coffee and delicious food!!

Davef
Davef

Nothing West past Wimbledon. Shame. 


Looking at the comments it appears Time Out has a different map of London to everyone else . . .

Tomas G
Tomas G

Surprised not to see Wanstead as a neighbourhood, instead all the shop, cafes etc are under Leytonstone. Wanstead deserves to have it's own category. Last year I noticed it got changed from Leytonstone to Leytonstone and Wanstead which was slightly better.


Tomas

Beverley J
Beverley J

You're not even including Croydon in the areas, it has loads of great venues and is well and truly inside London. Sort it out!


Waheed gul J
Waheed gul J

It's very fubals restaurant I love the food its amazing

Marc G
Marc G

HASH E8

The best brunch......

Marc G
Marc G

HASH E8

The best brunch ......

Marjorie D
Marjorie D

Where is Croydon? It's been a London borough for 50 years, but no-one can nominate locations  there unless you get up to date and include it!

Marjorie D
Marjorie D

Where is Croydon? It's been a London borough for 50 years!

Dolly H
Dolly H

No East Finchley? Such a shame, so many indie places to visit, eat, drink and shop in N2 now! Add us please!

Adele W
Adele W

Gaby's Deli, 30 Charing Cross Road.  Wonderful middle-Eastern food, also great salads, wine, retsina - right by the theatres and Covent Garden - very friendly, reasonable prices, lots of fun - don't miss the latkes and falafel.

Janet S
Janet S

Disappointing that after your great coverage of Croydon last week you have failed to include it in your Love London Awards this week :-(

Janet H
Janet H

I have been trying to add nominations but doesn't seem to be working. Disappointed that Penge is under Crystal Palace which is not actually a geographical place anyway. Also there are places listed that are now closed in Penge. 

Zoe R
Zoe R

So what do we have? Wilton's Pastisserie, 49-53 Chase Side, Southgate - a great place to order a beautiful cake for a special occasion, or have tea; Baskervilles Tea Shop, 66 Alderman's Hill, Palmers Green - fab relaxed atmosphere, more wonderful cakes; Aroma Patisserie, 425-426 Green Lanes, Palmers Green for super-sticky Greek specialities; Swirliz, 389 Green Lanes, Palmers Green for fantastic ice-cream and milkshakes in a 50s-style setting. And culturally - it isn't exactly a venue, as it pops up all over Enfield, Southgate and Palmers Green: Talkies Community Cinema, the many venues being part of the charm, the excellent & varied programme and regular audience making it truly wonderful (I was with them for the Broomfield Park picnic showing of Ghostbusters last Friday). Those are my favourites. But don't tell anyone or they'll all want to live here.

Eileen F
Eileen F

@Zoe R Wetherspoons in Southgate and Palmers Green,Taste Buds in Palmers Green - lovely people, food and coffee, all the Aldermans Hill restaurants and in Green Lanes, Chas's cafe in Southgate, all the Turkish restaurants round here. 

Zoe R
Zoe R

My area apparantly doesn't exist - Southgate/Palmers Green (not listed under either name or as the London Boroughs of Enfield and Barnet). Which is a shame as we have some good stuff. And yes, we are in London - London Boroughs, it's there in the name. Boroughs that normal people can more or less afford to live in.

Mece S
Mece S

I would strongly recommend Highness cafe and tea room ,21 a highbury park London n5 1QJ.

They have the best home made cakes with kind and super friendly customer service .

Dirk L
Dirk L

I recommend Oi Spaghetti at the Bussey Building , 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 1UG. Superb spaghetti, ( linguini ) , cooked by charming chef Francesco, all made with totally fresh organic produce.