The leader of Southwark Council has been awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours list.
Barrister Cllr Peter John has been leader of Southwark Council for nearly six years and has been at the helm of the borough's Labour group for more than a decade.
He also has pan-London roles as a member of the London Councils executive and the London Enterprise Panel.
"It is hard to put into words how honoured and humbled I feel to be included in this year's New Year Honours," said Cllr Peter John.
"I often tell people that Southwark is the best borough in the best city in the world, and I am incredibly proud to serve this great community.
"Local government isn't always recognised for all the good work it does, but being a council leader is a hugely rewarding job, and I hope that people see today's announcement as recognition for our borough as well."
The honours list published on Wednesday night also included an MBE for Adrian Koe in recognition of his 50 year involvement with Bermondsey's Downside Fisher Youth Club.