Loungelover has been named as the Evening Standard Bar of the Year, 2004. The central London bar was opened in March 2003 by Hassan Abdullah, Stefan Karlson and Michel Lasserrem the trio behind Les Trois Garcons. The newspaper described Loungelover as "unashamedly opulent, elegant, spine-chillingly cool and uber-camp." The ES pub of the year award went to The Earl Spencer, in Merton Road, south-west London, which is run by Jonathan Cox and Mark Robinson. Following an extensive refurbishment programme ending a year ago, the Earl Spencer is now a food-led pub.