Last night, the great, gorgeous and good of London came together to celebrate what a truly wonderful city this is.
The London Lifestyle Awards, the brainchild of model-turned-entrepreneur Jason Gale, are literally the best occasion in the calendar for heaping praise onto many of the capital’s unsung heroes; celebrating everything from the Best Members Club to the Green Contribution to London. There are also awards for Outstanding Contribution, and Personality of the Year.
I was OVER THE MOON to be asked to be on the committee this year. I got to have a sneak peek at the finalists, air my opinions and of course, attend last nights glittering ceremony! It was an incredible night, held at the GORGEOUS Hurlingham Club, and the turn out was phenomenal.
We started off with a delicious 3 course meal (I woke up this morning thinking about that Apple Pie & Butterscotch sauce…blinking amazing!), before launching into the presentations. The awards were handed over by a whole host of suitably fabulous celebrities, with a musical interlude from possibly forgotten but extremely talented Peter Grant, a lot of laughter and some increasingly tipsy whooping…
Celebrities in attendance were plentiful and included my pal Duncan Bannatyne (who looked healthier than ever, despite his recent heart scare), the lovely Michelle Heaton (who we were pleased to see looking beautiful, happy and well in the face of a lot of turmoil this week), Lorraine Chase (looking INCREDIBLE in an OTT riding hat, which I absolutely want…), Made in Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue, Oli Proudlock and Gabriella Ellis, Olympic gold legends Dame Kelly Holmes and the lovely Alex Gregory, Blue boys Simon Webb and Antony Costa, Kate Garraway, Jeremy Edwards (who was shockingly recently mugged for his Rolex, and is still suffering…), Sinitta (who was on the committee with me and celebrating her birthday at the event), Nick Ede, Lizzie Cundy (looking super in one of Nick’s Style for Stroke LBD’s), Arlene Phillips, Linda Lussardi, Mark Fuller (another committee member & hospitality legend), the up-and-coming, very lovely Tyler James and my good friends Henry Conway and Zoe Griffin.
Quite a crowd!
I’m not just saying this, but everyone looked beautiful. From Michelle Heatons assymetric mini dress with neon flash, to Zoe’s sparkling maxi dress, a huge effort was made by all, in-keeping with the occasion.
We were lucky enough to have two winners seated at our table – from Royal Parks (Best Green Contribution to London) and the team from Quintessentially (London Concierge Company of the Year). The full list of deserving winners for the Hot Diamonds London Lifestyle Awards was:
Best Green Contribution to London: The Royal Parks
London Fashion Retailer of the Year: Katherine Elizabeth Millinery
London Coffee Shop of the Year: The Haberdashery
Hospitality Business of the Year: Firmdale Hotels
London Cultural Attraction of the Year: Society of London Theatre – Kids Week
London Festival of the Year: E4 Udderbelly
London Fitness Facility of the Year: Pineapple Dance Studios
London Live Music Venue of the Year: Royal Albert Hall
London Theatre Show of the Year: Matilda
London Hairdresser of the Year: Taylor Taylor London
London Restaurant of the Year: Le Caprice
London Concierge Company of the Year: Quintessentially Lifestyle
London Bar of the Year: Salvatore’s at The Playboy Club
London Club of the Year: Mahiki
London Hotel of the Year: Sanctum Soho Hotel
London Members’ Club of the Year: Eight Members Club
London Lifestyle Legend: Arlene Phillips
London Personality of the Year: Boris Johnson
London Health and Beauty Facility of the Year: Chuan Spa at The Langham Hotel
Outstanding Contribution to London Lifestyle: London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
We’d love to send huge congratulations to everyone who won an award – but also every finalist and nominee. This was the third annual London Lifestyle Awards – 4,127 businesses and personalities were nominated for recognition, and 202 businesses successfully progressed to the final competition stages to compete for the trophies. In total a record-breaking 207, 006 public votes were cast, which is incredible, and made it so much more exciting knowing that the people of London were having their say.
I made the absolute most of last night’s event, wearing a fantastic Dina Bar-El dress from www.girlmeetsdress.com and diamonds from the fine jewellery collection at Montblanc on Old Bond Street. It was amazing to get glammed up at Letitia Haute Coiffure (one of the nominees) and stopped by people throughout the night, asking about my jewels and dress. Not everyday you get to be a princess!
It was a really special night, I met some fantastic new people and caught up with some glamorous old friends. I left everyone on the dancefloor at about 11.30pm (as clearly these days I turn into a pumpkin at 12…) and everyone was having such a fabulous time, it was great to see.
We’ve written about many of the winners and nominees already on TLLWTL, but I’ll be doing my best to cover those we haven’t yet mentioned, so you can see just how good they are and why they’re worth spending your pennies on. But I think it’s fair to say, if they won – they’re wonderful!