Looking for heroes

Looking for heroes

Now is your chance to nominate one of the talented people who help to make Mayfair & St James’s such attractive places to live.


The Community Awards of Mayfair & St James’s will be handed out to the worthy winners in 10 categories at a ceremony in January 2020.

In this post we’re focusing on nominations for Bright Young Thing and a new award for 2020, Hospitality Hero



Hundreds of local people will gather in the ballroom at JW Marriott Grosvenor House London to watch the awards ceremony.

They will enjoy canapés and champagne sponsored by Dover Street destination The Arts Club

Bright young tailor

Among those already nominated for the Bright Young Thing award, sponsored by The Birley Clubs, is Caroline Andrew (main picture).

She is a 29-year-old bespoke tailor whose business is based on St George Street.

Described as a “breath of fresh air” in the industry, she utilises mediums such as Whats App and Instagram to help make tailoring accessible for a younger crowd.

Head chef

Also nominated in this category is Tom Booton. At just 26, he is The Dorchester’s youngest ever head chef.

Essex-born Tom began his career at 15.

He later became head chef at Michelin starred Alyn Williams at The Westbury before joining The Dorchester’s Grill restaurant this year.

Accountant turned tailor

Roger Kearey swapped a career in accountancy to train as a tailor with Maurice Sedwell, after he decided he didn’t want to sit in front of a computer all day.

Roger says his role at the Savile Row tailor – where the whole team is under the age of 35 – offers “something a bit different every day”.  

Hospitality heroes

New for this year is the Hospitality Heroes category, sponsored by the New West End Company.


“It is not only the diverse mix of world-class brands that makes the West End such a vibrant and eclectic district, but the people at the heart of these businesses,” said Jace Tyrrell.

Mr Tyrrell, chief executive of the New West End Company, is pictured.



Nominees include John Thompson, the “wonderful” doorman at Brown’s.

He has ensured that every guest is greeted like royalty since he joined the hotel in 2006.

John is dedicated to the trade and his genuine warmth and infectious smile radiate whenever he welcomes a guest through the door.

He also recognises that little guests are just as important as big ones, and always has chocolate coins hidden up his sleeve!

Stuff of legend

Piers Morgan, no less, is a fan of Colin Case, the “legendary London doorman” at The Beaumont.

Colin is often seen giving guests a tour of Mayfair in the hotel’s vintage Daimler.

Guests are said to be astounded by his friendliness, dedication and impressive memory for names.

Magic service

Meanwhile over at The Arts Club’s brasserie, general manager Ian Sturrock has been nominated.

He joined The Arts Club in 2014 and quickly became a firm favourite, adored by members and his team.

They appreciate his warm and welcoming character, attention to detail and dedication to service.

He makes sure that every member and guest experiences the magic of The Art’s Club.

The 10 award categories are:

Only in Mayfair

Independent or long-time retailer in the area, or a business that engages with the local community

Only in St James’s

Independent or long-time retailer in the area, or a business that engages with the local community

Putting Something Back

An organisation or person that has benefited the local community through their actions

At Your Service

A company or person that puts service for the local community at the heart of its operation

Lifetime Achievement

An individual who has made a big difference to the area

Commercial Newcomer

A commercial occupier, new to the area, which has enhanced the area’s appeal

Hospitality Hero

A respected ambassador for a club, restaurant or hotel

Unsung Hero

Could be a receptionist, PA, gardener or anyone that does the hard yards without being noticed

Long Service

Someone who has served the local community for many years and has enhanced the lives of others

Bright Young Thing (35 and under)

A young person who has made a significant contribution to the local community.


Nominate your favourite local person here now.

Find out more about the Community Awards of Mayfair & St James’s 2020.

Read a longer version of this article in the Mayfair Times.



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