Record number of City bars win awards for their efforts to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour

A record 57 licensed City premises were recognised for their work to reduce alcohol related crime and disorder in the Square Mile at the 2018 Safety Thirst Awards.

This year, over 60 applications were received with Dirty Martini Bishopsgate, Madison Bar in One New Change and The Gable at Moorgate all being named 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.

Applicants are assessed on the outcome of the safety thirst assessment as well as their position on the traffic light scheme and how successful they have been in the reduction of alcohol related crime and disorder and licensing related noise complaints.

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.

They also 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:

This year we have had our highest number of premises accredited, 57 in total. This is a testament to licensees in the City of London promoting responsible alcohol consumption and higher operating standards in their venues.

“It creates a safer leisure environment and night time economy in the City, allowing people to socialise in well run premises.

“Standards have consistently improved at our licensed venues participating in the scheme and we had a large number of high scoring venues to choose from this year which was fantastic. These premises are leading the way and I hope this encourages more venues to come forward and join the scheme.”

There are over 900 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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