The Time Out Love London Awards 2016

The results are in! Check out which restaurants, bars, cafés, shops and cultural venues Londoners voted the best in the city

37,000 nominations and 124,000 votes in five categories – once again, London, you’ve outdone yourselves, showing your city so much love that it’s a wonder Big Ben hasn’t started blushing. And now it’s time to reveal the winners – the local venues who do it for you. Below are the five overall category winners – the restaurant, café, bar, shop and cultural venue that scooped the most votes in the whole city. To see who came out on top in your specific neighbourhood, go ahead and see the winners. Until next year, thanks for spreading the love!

Oh, and if you’re the travelling type, you’ll be pleased to hear that, as of this year, the Love Awards have gone global, meaning you were also able to big up your favourite places in Paris, Lisbon, New York, Chicago and LA.

Love does make the world go round, after all.

Meet this year's winners

London's most-loved restaurant: Yard Sale Pizza

Dan Spinney is marketing director at Yard Sale Pizza

What makes your pizza the best?
'Attention to detail. Slow-cooked tomato sauce, 48-hour double-fermented dough. Fior di Latte mozzarella. And we’re really great value.’  

You clearly inspire loyalty...
'A bunch of local customers order from us multiple times a week, including one celeb from a well-known ’70s band. He always orders using his pizza alias, “Michelangelo”.’

‘Like, totally! Yard Sale Pizza also have a branch in Finsbury Park, and will open in Walthamstow early 2017.

London's most-loved cafe: Highness Café and Tea Room

Nes Goksu is pastry chef and co-owner at Highness Café and Tea Room 

How did you get into baking?
‘I was hooked from childhood. I love it. Even now, I judge a restaurant purely on its dessert menu.’

What do you do differently at Highness?
‘Lots, but especially our gluten-free and vegan cakes. Even people who eat gluten choose them. 
It took lots of effort to get them right.’

Why do customers love you so much?
‘Our warm welcome and smile. My staff are mostly family, and we treat customers that way too. If customers are going away we often get left house keys to look after. That’s rare in London.’

So… next stop ‘Bake Off’?
‘Customers keep threatening to nominate me, 
but it’s too much stress. I’d rather feed people. 
Ego trips aren’t my thing.’


London's most-loved-shop: Cheese of Muswell Hill

Morgan McGlynn owns and runs Cheeses of Muswell Hill 

When did you discover that being a cheesemonger was your calling in life?
'I started here as a Saturday girl when I was a teenager. I loved it so much that when I finished my degree I took over.’

What makes your shop the best? 
‘Each of the 220 cheeses we stock is bought direct, so I know the person who made it. We converted a disused bomb shelter into a maturing room, so I can personally vouch for the end product.’

You must know some cracking cheese puns.  ‘Customers joke they “camembert the smell in here”. I still laugh every time.'

London's most-loved pub: The Alma

Wesley Deaton is general manager of The Alma

You won in your area last year, now you’ve won in London overall. How?
‘We’ve got great, loyal regulars who come for a pint, stick around for the food, stay for the quiz and love live music. We work hard to keep them happy.

The decor must be a big draw too…
‘We’ve gone for wall-to-wall movie posters and memorabilia. People love to grab a selfie with a stormtrooper. Lately we installed a Donald Trump mannequin, which was quite the talking point.’  

How do you get on with the locals?
‘We always try to source from local businesses, like real ales from Hammerton Brewery up the road. Same with our meat and veg for the Sunday roast.’ 

Any proper characters round your neck of the woods?
‘Our very own pub dog, a little king charles named Buster, is a massive local celeb. Punters take him out 
for a walk and come back amazed 
by all the attention he gets.’


London's most-loved cultural venue: Arthouse

Sam Neophytou is managing director and co-founder of Arthouse

Well done! What’s your secret?
‘We don’t just screen whatever happens to be out that week. We pick films carefully, as part of an inclusive, socially conscious programme.’

Sounds ace. For instance…?
‘We just screened “I, Daniel Blake”, a moving flick about the welfare system. Director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty stopped by for a Q&A, and our local MP, Catherine West, was in attendance. You don’t get that at the multiplex.’ 

What’s cool about Crouch End?
‘People here want to stay local. They want to 
be able to walk to the cinema and have a drink. And they appreciate that we’re a London Living Wage employer.’

So it’s not just fancy cinephiles who go to see indie films?
‘No, that’s a myth. Everybody wants to be 
inspired by great stories. Plus we showcase live music, dance and comedy. And our popcorn 
starts at 75p!’




julio bruno moderator

Congratulations to all London winners in all Boroughs and to the overall London LOVE winners. What a great night!


I definitely won't be voting for Falafel King on Portobello Road. In fact i'm boycotting it. I was in there a few weeks ago buying some food and the manager (I believe him to be the manager) was making some racist comments during a conversation with another customer and clearly had no problem with it, talking loudly so all could hear.  I didn't stay quiet and said my piece, he was very unapologetic in his response and said 'if anyone doesn't like what i'm saying it's their problem' to make matters worse the customer he was in conversation with tried to back him in his embarrassment and said that the racist term the manager used wasn't said in a bad way! 

Patty B

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mauro r

just voted for la gioconda hornsey. must try it

Sharen s

Just voted for the lovely Bridge House Fringe Theatre in Crystal Palace area. Great professional fringe productions at a snip of a price. The staff (Rob & Co) are great and the programming is always varied - all this and a great pub beneath.

elena s

I d like to vote for "la Gioconda" in Hornsey as the best restaurant in north london. the food they do is just fantastic

Art P

I'd like to vote for The Workers Cafe in morning lane Hackney it is a true innovation providing a space for workers who want a privatespace away from home sometimes, with coffee and snacks through the day, and a wine bar in the evening. A small coffee shop adjacent to it provides simple fare for visitors to eat with tea and coffee to drinking vote for that.


Rocky R

White Lion Streatham high road.

Peter B

Best fish and chips ever. Fish X Chips Ravenscourt Park. Unbeatable 

Cristina P

The best butchers Godfrey in London 😆👍👍👍👍👍😆yummy, yummy, yummy 💕💕💕💕💕😋😋😋😋😋👍

Zoe R

Southgate, Palmers Green, Enfield, Barnet. Why are we less important than Croydon or Wood Green??! Please, Time Out, include all of London. I can't nominate any of the lovely things in my neighbourhood, 'coz you've unilaterlly decided I don't live in London. Even though I live in a London borough, & near the border of another London borough.

Nominate: IceTuxedo not Schwartz Gallery. Thank you. Best wishes Ice.

The L

The Alma have a big sign up outside 

Sophie M

Hi guys, i've just tried to add a business but i'm not sure if it's worked? The business I tried to add was 'Secret Adventures' in Hackney.


Maria C

Sapore Vero Beckenham Kent I nominate your lovely  little restaurant for fantastic atmosphere with truly authentic   Pizza and Pasta dishes great staff amazing prices and value for money .. an absolute must for pizza lovers well done guys ..  

Dolly H

Another year, another omission of Finchley/ East Finchley/ Barnet in general. So many little indies round my way that need recognition!

Zoe R

@Dolly H I'm saying the same thing. Barnet & Enfield. Why have they disenfranchised us, again!!!

julio bruno moderator

I've just voted! Love these awards.

julio bruno moderator

Can't wait to see the results!