Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Politics Meets Pop as Leading Londoners Celebrate City; CROSSRAIL STATION IS TRANSFORMED WITH 1,200 LIGHTS for Our Party Where Rugby Captain Robshaw and Chancellor Hail Capital's Creativity

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Politics Meets Pop as Leading Londoners Celebrate City; CROSSRAIL STATION IS TRANSFORMED WITH 1,200 LIGHTS for Our Party Where Rugby Captain Robshaw and Chancellor Hail Capital's Creativity

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Byline: James Ashton, Lizzie Edmonds and Sophia Sleigh

LEADING lights from the worlds of politics, music, food and business came together to celebrate as the Evening Standard published its annual list of influential Londoners.

Singer FKA twigs, designer Thomas Heatherwick and Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan were among guests at Canary Wharf 's new Crossrail station for the launch of The Progress 1000.

Singer Benjamin Clementine, fashion designer Henry Holland and former National Theatre director Sir Nicholas Hytner saw exclusive performances by Brit award-winner Ella Eyre and the London Contemporary Voices choir.

Also at last night's event, illuminated by a custom-built "light meadow" of 1,200 LED spheres, were Met chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, dancer Aaron Sillis, foodie sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, writer Kathy Lette and Solomon Smith, the founder of the Brixton Soup Kitchen.

Having been selected as the joint most influential Londoner by the Standard's panel of experts, George Osborne paid tribute to guests who work to make "London the most creative and enterprising capital city on Earth". Hailing the success of the Crossrail project, the Chancellor added: "To see for the first time what is taking shape beneath the streets of our capital I hope gives you huge faith in the future of this city." His fellow winner Chris Robshaw, captain of the England rugby team, said in a video message from training camp: "The editor of the Evening Standard tells me that I represent the will, the work ethic and the team effort that makes London great.

"There are so many people in this city who would be deserving of this award, and I'm very proud to accept this on behalf of them."

In their speeches, Mr Osborne and Mayor Boris Johnson traded rugby jokes as the pair wished the England team well for the opening World Cup fixture against Fiji tomorrow. …

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