Clearing the way

Sometimes a property comes along which neatly encapsulates what’s happening across the wider London office market. The building in question doesn’t have to be a brand new monumental statement in steel and glass which shouts its arrival. It can be a relevantly modest property that quietly speaks volumes about today’s market. The refurbishment of 163-203 […]

Cats, stress and cafés

This can be a difficult time of year: everyone’s ‘running on empty’, summer holidays are a distant memory, the days are darker, winter is upon us while the prospect of Christmas can represent both pleasure and pressure. Perhaps not surprisingly then, we’re beginning to see openings of cafés which offer the chance to de-stress. One […]

Affordability is the real problem

The new draft London Plan will be published at the end of this month and will envisage the construction of tens of thousands more new homes across the capital. The Mayor’s ambition for new home building is expected to be way above the current annual target of 42,000 at 64,935. To some extent, it is […]

London sends SMS message to France

Next week, the worlds of retail and real estate converge on Cannes in the south of France for the massive MAPIC trade show. At the event a year ago, we were still getting over the shock of the EU Referendum result and how a ‘Brexit’ might impact London’s line-up of international retailers. Twelve months on, […]

Saying goodbye to meat and drink?

For those who forswore the demon drink last month as part of the ‘Stoptober’ initiative, it’s possible that this new abstinent lifestyle may now leave them with a hankering for a healthier diet. If so they’ve picked a good time to look at the veggie and vegan dining options. Meat-free and dairy-free eating has always […]

Things are what they used to be

At the southern approach to the King’s Cross development, the giant birdcage art installation by artist, Jacques Rival, has now been augmented with an oversized playground swing. It’s not uncommon when you emerge from King’s Cross station to see ‘professional types’ joyously swinging back and forth while clearly tapping into feelings that have remained submerged […]

Has Christmas come early for the London shopping scene?

The run-up to Christmas is, of course, a key trading period for retailers but it’s also of great importance to property landlords who are looking to let shops to brands that want to be trading ahead of the seasonal shopping frenzy. Accordingly, a good barometer of how London’s shop property market is faring is the […]

More stress for buy-to-let landlords

It’s not been an easy year or so for London’s ‘buy-to-let’ residential landlords. First they were clobbered by higher stamp duty applied to the purchase of buy-to-let homes, and soon investors who have four or more homes will be subject to a special ‘stress test’ scrutiny by mortgage lenders. From the end of this month, […]

Will London feel the ‘boomerang’ effect?

The continued weakness of sterling is having a real impact on the thousands of overseas workers who are based in London. When the pound dipped in value by around 20% immediately after the EU referendum last summer, it had a proportionate effect on the value of the money that non-UK workers repatriate to their native […]

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Given the phenomenal success of KFC and Nando’s, it’s always been something of a conundrum as to why there hasn’t been a greater proliferation of chicken-based dining offers. That is now changing – particularly in London – with a flock of new concepts. Despite the recent food processing health scare about the chlorine-washing of chickens, […]