25 Most Influential Londoners

The London Evening Standard will today reveal the 25 most influential Londoners aged 25 and under.

The list will be published in advance of its annual 1000 Most Influential People event, this year in association with Burberry. The event, which is now in its sixth year, will take place on Wednesday 7th November and will reveal the 1000 individuals thathave helped make London the world’s most exciting city.

The 25 aged 25 and under list, which will run in the London Evening Standard today, singles out the capital’s youngest influencers who are making an impact among their peers  and across London. 

From the worlds of acting and music to technology and sport, these are the rising stars that are defining the next generation of creativity in the capital.

The list reflects London’s world-famous music credentials, with soul singer and Mercury Prize nominee Lianne La Havas, as well as British musician and Burberry ad campaign  star, Roo Panes, being recognised for their talent.

In a city famous for its design, Richard Brendon has been credited as an inspiring talent for 2012, following his launch of Today’s Specials – a group that hosts design pop-up shops around London.

Video blogger Charlie McDonnell is also celebrated as one of a new generation of stars created by YouTube, after the outstanding success of his video clips which have attracted over 1.5millon subscribers. 

After a phenomenal summer of sport, the selection features some of London’s most exiting new talent. Rising tennis star Laura Robson is tipped following her silver medal moment with Andy Murray at the Olympics, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is recognised as England and Arsenal’s best hopes on the pitch and Owen Farrell, the youngest rugby player to feature in the English premiership, is identified for his record-breaking talent.

Sarah Sands, Editor of London Evening Standard, says of the list;

‘These are the inspiring individuals who will be shaping the future of London for the next generation. We are delighted to celebrate the capital’s young talent. London’s success is built on this kind of ambition and ingenuity’.

The London Evening Standard’s sixth The 1000: London’s Most Influential People 2012 in association with Burberry, will be revealed at an exclusive event at theBurberry Regent Street flagship on Wednesday 7th November. The 1000 full list will be published on www.standard.co.uk the following day and there will be a limited print edition.

Top 25 Under 25

Lianne La Havas – 23


This soulful 23-year-old talent has a rich sultry voice, paired with an eclectic sense of style. Mixing thoughtful ruminations on past life experiences with a melodic jazz and

folk-infused sound, her debut album was nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize and she counts Prince and Stevie Wonder among her biggest fans.

Pippa Bennett-Warner – 24


In the past two years, Bennett-Warner, 24, has played Cordelia to Derek Jacobi’s Lear, Queen Isabel to Eddie Redmayne’s Richard II and commanded the stage in The Witness at the Royal Court. She has already had a part written for her — in The Swan by DC Moore, which was staged at the National.

Natasha Preston – 24

Online author on wattpad.com

More than four million people have read 24-year-old Preston’s horror thriller The Cellar, that she posts on the story-sharing website Wattpad. She is now an ambassador for the site.

Richard Brendon – 25

Designer and entrepreneur

One of the brains behind Today’s Specials, a group which supports new designers by hosting pop-up shops around London. Brendon, 25, is a talented designer, and his willow pattern ceramics have won a cult following among the fashion crowd.

Charlie McDonnell – 21

Video blogger

McDonnell, 21, is one of a new generation of stars created by YouTube. Known as charlieissocoollike, he now has more than 1.5 million subscribers and some of his videos have been viewed more thanfour million times. His most popular clip, How to make a cup of tea, featured on the Oprah Winfrey show.

Roo Panes – 23


This guitarist and singer/songwriter’s face can be spotted all over the capital. The 23-year-old is following actor Eddie Redmayne as one half of Burberry’s latest ad campaign, starring in a moody black-and-white shoot with actress Gabriella Wilde. The folky music for thecampaign is also by Panes.

Josef Valentino – 22


The youngest artist to exhibit at the Barbican Centre, Valentino, now 22, sold his first painting aged 13. At 17, he dropped out of school to curate Blank Canvas, a week-long exhibition supported by Annie Lennox and Rankin. He has recently finished a crowd-funded film based on a two-week tour of Damien Hirst installations around the world and runs a shop in Covent Garden where he turns unwanted belongings into art.

Sebastian Thiel – 22

Entrepreneur and film director

The Zambian-born entrepreneur, 22, known as “Sir-Bastian” presides over a youth culture entertainment empire that includes fashion label It’s Upshot and an online television channel called The Brand. He has worked on videos for Nike and Adidas and his business spirit has been praised by Sir Richard Branson.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 19

Arsenal and England footballer

The 19-year-old, whom fans call “The Ox”, is one of Arsenal and England’s best hopes. After making his professional debut at 16 playing for Southampton, he was signed to the Gunners last year for £12 million and scored twice in his first three games, becoming the youngest English goal scorer in UEFA Champions League history.

Adam Gemili – 18


He only started sprinting 18 months ago but the 18-year-old from Dartford just missed out on the Olympics 100 metres final,finishing third in his semi. What a prospect Gemili, with his photogenic grin, could be for Rio in four years’ time.

Birdy – 16


Birdy, whose real name is Jasmine van den Bogaerde, is just 16 and had a sell-out September show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire as well as performing at the Paralympics opening ceremony. Her YouTube cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” was watched by millions, leading to the production of an album of self-penned songs and covers, all performed in her rich, haunting tones.

Beattie Edmondson – 24


The 24-year-old’s comedy troupe Lady Garden was a highlight of BBC3’s sketch comedy show Live at The Electric and Edmondson’s team has appeared in her mother Jennifer Saunders’ Absolutely Fabulous Christmas special.

Tom Odell – 21


The 21-year old pianist’s EP, which includes his song Another Love, has sparked a huge following. He regularly plays sell-out intimate gigs in London, and looks set to go on to be a great success.

Bel Powley – 20

Comedian and actress

Aged 20, Powley’s West End appearance as Tamsin Greig’s scantily clad, moody teenage daughter Tilly in Jumpy is the third play under her belt. Previously in the Royal Court’s Tusk Tusk and Arcadia on Broadway last year. She stars in feature film Side by Side with Diana Quick, out next year.

Rae Morris – 20


She only finished her A-levels last year but has already been signed to Atlantic Records and Universal Music Publishing. Thetalented 20-year-old pianist and singer has previously performed for Burberry Acoustic and recorded her debut EP, For You, with Charlie Fink from Noah and The Whale, with whom she went on tour in April. Her debut album is due for release early next year.

Angel – 25


Sirach Charles, aged 25, was a Mobo Best Newcomer nominee before he had even released his debut album. He has worked with top UK rappers Wiley and Wretch 32 and scored his first solo hit this summer with Wonderful. Big things are expected.

Edie Campbell – 22


By the age of 18 she was a face for top brands including Marc Jacobs. She has gone on to feature in Italian and British Vogue, and was chosen by Karl Lagerfeld to close the Chanel spring/summer 2012 show. Off the catwalk, Campbell, now 22, is a keen horse rider and became the first winner of the inaugural all-ladies horse race at Glorious Goodwood last year.

Gabriella Wilde – 23


Wilde spent the summer with Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz filming the remake of Stephen King’s Carrie, working with Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce. As well as acting, the 23-year-old has been modelling since she was 15 and has been snapped by the legendary Mario Testino for the current Burberry ad campaign.

Serena Guen – 22, Charlotte Summers, 22

Suitcase Magazine, co-founders

Summers and Guen launched hip website Suitcase — a fusion of fashion, travel and digital — last year but soon decided to go into print, creating a cool iPad-shaped magazine. The first glossy issue launched in May and 5,000 copies sold out. The two 22-year-olds were friends of friends and got the idea for the mag after bumping into each other at a chemist’s.

Robbie Grabarz – 25


The 25-year-old won bronze in the high jump at London 2012. Charismatic and with a hint of mischief, he has already got an eye onBrazil in 2016. After the Games, he went on to equal the British high jump record.

Nick D’Aloisio – 17

Summly, chief executive

Aged just 17, his app, Summly, offers a simpler way to search the web by automatically summarising search results. In its first four days it reached 17,000 downloads. He has become the youngest ever entrepreneur to raise venture capital – in 12 months he secured more than £150,000 to develop it, all while studying for his GCSEs. Yoko Ono, Wendi Murdoch, Stephen Fry and Horizon Ventures have all contributed.

Marika Hackman – 21


Usually dressed in jeans, trainers and a denim shirt, with scruffy blonde hair, Hackman looks unassuming. The 21-year-old has been writing songs since she was 12 and is inspired by Nico. Her melancholic, haunted voice has won her many fans and her latest single, You Come Down isproduced by folk star Johnny Flynn.

Laura Robson – 18

Tennis player

Still only 18, she won silver in the mixed doubles with Andy Murray at the 2012 Olympics and shows promise as a singles player — she is now ranked 52 in the world. First shot to prominence in 2008 when winning the Wimbledon Junior Girls’ Championship, and is the youngest player in the top 100 rankings.

Owen Farrell – 21

England and Saracens rugby fly-half

After becoming the youngest player to feature in the English Premiership when he made his debut for Saracens at 17 (a record since broken), this fly-half looks set for great things. He made his first appearance for England in the Six Nations this year, and 21-year-old Farrell has become an increasingly important part of the national set up as well, collecting 81 points in eight appearances.