City bars scoop Safety Thirst Awards

45 licensed City premises were awarded for their efforts to reduce alcohol related crime in the Square Mile at the 2017 Safety Thirst Awards (24 October).

This year, over 50 applications were received with Core Bar and Revolution Leadenhall both being named overall winners.

The awards are given to bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants and events venues across the Square Mile who are part of the Safety Thirst scheme, which promotes high standards in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour while also helping to ensure a safe and pleasant environment for people to socialise and enjoy the City.

The scheme is open to all licensed premises in the Square Mile and has been running since 2006. It is run in partnership by the City of London Corporation, City of London Police and the London Fire Brigade.

All applicants for a Safety thirst Award are issued with a toolkit, which is designed to help them meet the criteria for an award in one of three categories, Pass, Commended and Highly Commended.

All applicants receive the option of one to-one advice from either a Licensing Officer or a member of the City of London Police Licensing Team.

Peter Dunphy, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Licensing Committee, said:

“These licensed premises are clearly dedicated to ensuring that the Square Mile maintains its reputation as a world class destination in which to work and play.

“They are leading examples of how licensed premises should be run and I hope this encourages more venues to come forward and join the scheme.”

A/Superintendent Hector McKoy of the City of London Police said:

“We’d like to congratulate all of the award winners, and nominees, for their hard work in reducing alcohol-related crime and disorder.

“Our aim is to ensure the public can enjoy all the City has to offer and feel safe when visiting our pubs, clubs and bars.

“It’s fantastic that we can rely on our local business community to help us achieve this aim, and we want to remind everyone to do everything they can to stay safe and secure in the run-up to the festive season.”

There are over 800 licensed premises in the Square Mile and over 300 of these are licensed to sell alcohol after midnight.

Licensed premises that receive an award are also eligible for a 30% discount on the Late Night Levy, which funds the management of the local night-time economy.


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  1. Peter Dunphy, Chairman of the Licensing Committee with overall winners, Revolution Leadenhall and Amber Bar
  2. Peter Dunphy, Chairman of the Licensing Committee with Core Bar
  3. Peter Dunphy, Chairman of the Licensing Committee with Revolution Leadenhall

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