The wait is over. Time Out’s writers and editors have named their 20 most influential figures of 2011. Ranging from the creative to the most innovative, these people made a significant difference to London in the past 12 months.
‘Celebrating his eightieth birthday in October and currently the subject of a retrospective at the Design Museum, Terence Conran has had a sustained impact on they way live ever since he emerged from art college to work on the Festival of Britain. His characteristic blend of entrepreneurship, design talent and inclination to share his own enthusiasms has given us Habitat, Conran, the Design Museum and the reinvention of its environs in Shad Thames – and a string of restaurants that have succeeded in capturing the zeitgeist. This year, against a backdrop of cuts to museum funding, Conran made a donation of £17.5m to the project that in 2014 will see the Design Museum move to a new, much bigger home in the old Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington, where it will be possible to do all sorts of exciting things that haven’t been feasible in the former banana-ripening warehouse beside Tower Bridge that currently houses the museum.’ Sara O’Reilly, Around Town editor
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