Chelsea award winners

Chelsea award winners

Winners of our inaugural Chelsea Awards were announced this week, throwing a spotlight on how much there is to celebrate in this area.


The inaugural Chelsea Awards were held on October 8 at the Saatchi Gallery.

Organised by Cadogan and Sloane Square Magazine, and with headline sponsors (and local businesses) Knight Frank and INEOS, nearly 400 people came together to celebrate the Chelsea community.

The sponsors are all rooted in the local area. INEOS, global manufacturer of chemicals and top 10 producer of North Sea oil and gas, has its headquarters in Chelsea.

Ineos said it was the perfect time to consolidate links with the local community by supporting the awards.

“We’re becoming well settled in the area, with our large flow of travelling employees and visitors enjoying the borough’s hotels, restaurants, catering, shops, sports teams and other services. It’s fantastic to be sitting at the heart of the city, with world-class museums down the road and a great local community around us.”

“We’re proud to support these Awards in celebrating the best of the Chelsea neighbourhood,” says Communications Director Tom Crotty.

Fellow headline sponsor Knight Frank was equally delighted.

“We are passionate about our local area and it is fabulous to have an event that openly recognises so many good things and people – the qualities that make it such a wonderful place in which to live and work.”

Harry Dawes, Office Head in the Knightsbridge office, said “it was a great opportunity to get local businesses and residents together for an evening of fun and recognition” with James Pace Partner and Office Head of the Chelsea office adding “Knight Frank are hugely proud to be part of it”.  

The night included plenty of socialising and mingling, with a crowd comprised of residents, artisans, business owners, volunteers and more, all of whom have a role in making Chelsea a wonderful place to live and work.

There were canapés from Rhubarb, food showcases from local gourmet hotspots, free-flowing champagne and cocktails, live music and a fabulous atmosphere.

There were seven Award categories and nominations had been pouring in for the past few months.

The judges were an esteemed mix of Chelsea stakeholders: Hugh Seaborn, CEO of Cadogan; fragrance brand founder Jo Malone; Will Pascall, the new Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; John Simpson CBE, the BBC broadcaster and chair of The Chelsea Society; Reverend David Reindorp of the Chelsea Old Church; BAFTA Award-winning filmmaker, artist and local councillor Alison Jackson and Susan Dolton of the K&C Foundation.



The winners were:


In Good Taste

Grocers Partridges and the Duke of York Square Market it pioneered.

Shortlisted were Chelsea Fishmongers and The Sea The Sea, a fishmonger-cum-restaurant.

The award was sponsored by Caprice Holdings.


Community Collaboration

Charity Glass Door.

Shortlisted were Kensington + Chelsea Art Weekend and the Ambassadors of Sloane Street.

Sponsors were American Smile.




Future Forward

The Fashion School, which teaches sustainable fashion.

Shortlisted were Blanc dry cleaners, which has eco-friendly methods and Daniela de Montby, who has created fish-leather handbags and accessories.

Sponsors were Cripps Pemberton Greenish.


Cultural Champion

The Royal Court Theatre.

Shortlisted were the Saatchi Gallery and Cadogan Hall.

Sponsors were Chelsea Physic Garden.





Only in Chelsea

John Sandoe bookstore.

Shortlisted was Chelsea Physic Garden and two local newsstands Sid and Haines.

Sponsors were Sloane Square magazine.





Community Hero

Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, which does such valuable work across the area.

Shortlisted were local resident and poppy collector Anne Hopewell-Ashe and The Royal Hospital.

Sponsors were Dermalogica.




Masters of Craft

David Mellor, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Sloane Square.

Shortlisted was women’s tailoring brand The Deck and famed shoe maker Manolo Blahnik, who set up his first boutique in Chelsea in 1970.

Sponsors were jewellers Theo Fennell.


There was a huge amount of Chelsea spirit in the room, with speeches by Lord Chelsea and by Hugh Seaborn, CEO of Cadogan, and so much warmth for the winners and those shortlisted.
Food showcases were generously supplied by Artisan du Chocolat, The Sea, The Sea, Bread Ahead  and Provenance Village Butcher.
Beautiful candles were supplied by Diptyque and cocktails by Hans’ Bar & Grill.
Casting a spotlight on just how much there is to celebrate in Chelsea, the Awards were the perfect opportunity to unite the community.
Congratulations to all!  


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