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London Awards celebrate capital’s best of 2014

The public has declared the thousands of ceramic poppies planted at the Tower of London to mark the outbreak of the First World War as the capital’s top cultural event of 2014.

Artists Paul Cummins CBE and Tom Piper CBE received the ‘Contribution to London’s Cultural Excellence’ award at the third annual London Awards for their ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’.

Cutty Sark

The awards, held under the hull of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, aim to mark key individuals, activities and projects that have contributed to making London the best city in the world in which to work and play.

The complete list of Awards and winners were:

  • Investment in London’s Future (sponsored by Grosvenor):
    Crossrail 2: For its potential to help London grow and remain globally competitive, driving growth across the national economy.
  • Improvement to Londoners’ Quality of Life (sponsored by UK Power Networks):
    Battersea Power Station: For the redevelopment of a derelict site, creating jobs, training opportunities, new transport connections, environmental initiatives and community facilities
  • Contribution to London’s Cultural Excellence (sponsored by Radisson Blu Edwardian, London, as voted for by readers of City Metric)
    Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London: With descriptions ranging from “a unique and poignant focus of remembrance” to “a global visitor attraction”, the 888,246 ceramic poppies were planted by team of over 19,000 volunteers from across the UK, and were estimated to have been seen by 4m people.
  • Champion for London (sponsored by Thames Tideway Tunnel)
    Sir Edward Lister & Joanna Lumley: Joanna Lumley was recognised for the Garden Bridge, which would make London “a more walkable and liveable city”, while also providing “a new route between the north and south sides of the Thames, bringing more economic opportunities to the area”. Sir Edward Lister was praised for being someone who had “represented London extremely well and been a credible and impressive ambassador for London”.

All Awards were voted for by members London First, with the exception of a public vote by readers of City Metric – the city-focused site from the New Statesman – for the Contribution to London’s Cultural Excellence.

We would like to thank our sponsors: Thames Tideway Tunnel, Grosvenor, UK Power Networks and Radisson Blu Edwardian, London along with our media partner City Metric


Michele Dix

Michele Dix collects her award for Crossrail 2, winner of the Investment in London’s Future award, presented by Peter Vernon of Grosvenor

Battersea Power Station

Richard Benson collects the award for Battersea Power Station, winner of the Improvement to Londoners’ Quality of Life award, presented by Matt Rudling of UK Power Networks

Tower Poppies

Paul Cummins CBE collect the award for Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London, winner of the Contribution to London Cultural Excellence award, presented by Judith West of Radisson Blu Edwardian, London and Jonn Elledge of City Metric

Sir Edward Lister

Sir Edward Lister collects his Champion for London award, presented by Andy Mitchell of Thames Tideway Tunnel

Nicola Shaw

Nicola Shaw of HS1 collects her London First’s Chairman Award


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