Latest addition to James Street…

Tracey Pollard

We are delighted to have acted for Columbia Threadneedle in the letting to BAO Mary, the latest addition to James Street, the food hub at St Christopher’s Place. Located between Hoppers and Patty and Bun, the amazing team at BAO have created their 6th site, a dumpling heaven in the heart of the West End.

We love that each Bao focuses on a different element of Taiwanese food, therefore avoiding the cookie cutter feel which can happen as restaurants expand. Whilst there are core favourites at each of the restaurants, each has a separate reason to visit, e.g., Borough focusing on Bao and Shoreditch on noodles.

At BAO Mary, the menu focuses on dumplings, served in multiple ways, the menus also include Taiwanese’s Street food classics and of course, their famous Bao buns.

The fit out doesn’t disappoint either, with a beautiful, clean simple fit out, you associate with BAO, plus you get the benefit of external seating to enjoy a little people watching on James Street.

Sandbox at Grand Central

Harry Cody-Owen

Hammerson has signed the world’s most advanced virtual reality experience, Sandbox VR, as part of its vision to diversify the use of Grand Central in the heart of Birmingham and an ambitious strategy to reinvigorate its assets through new brands, entertainment, and experiential concepts. The 13,000 sq ft unit –…


Tracey Pollard

If you have had enough of health food, gym classes and no wine, a trip to Alain Ducasse “ Le Chocolat” at Borough Yards will lift your January blues. A wonderful range of chocolates are set within a beautifully crafted shop, and whilst it already looks so inviting, the store…


Tracey Pollard

Hammerson has submitted plans to transform a former department store at Grand Central, part of its Birmingham estate, into 200,000 sq ft of modern wellbeing-designed offices called ‘Drum’.  Designed by Ken Shuttleworth’s Make Architects, the proposals reflect Hammerson’s strategy to reinvigorate its prime urban estates through diversifying uses whilst maximising…

The Portman Estate appoints Bruce Gillingham Pollard to advise on its independent retail portfolio, Portman Marylebone

Charlotte Roberts

The Portman Estate has appointed Bruce Gillingham Pollard as advisers for retail, restaurant and leisure property on its 110-acre estate in London’s Marylebone. The instruction encompasses leasing agency and also lease consultancy across the Estate’s Portman Marylebone retail portfolio. Bruce Gillingham Pollard Director, Charlotte Roberts, commented: “The Portman Estate already…

Ted’s Grooming Room open new Fulham location

Jamie Orme

Bruce Gillingham Pollard have acted on behalf of Ted’s Grooming Room in the acquisition of their new location, 283 Fulham Road, London. This is the second West London location for the prestigious barbershop brand, in addition to their establishment on 136 Kings Road, Chelsea. Ted’s Grooming Room combines traditional Turkish…

Paradise Green

Rupert Bentley-Smith

Opening later this week at 100 Bishopsgate, Paradise Green is the latest opening from the Daisy Green collection. Paradise Green is occupying 10,000 sq ft within Brookfields 100 Bishopsgate. The design has been inspired by Paradise on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The space will also offer a 40 seat private dining…

New Starter

Victoria Broadhead

We welcome Rob Barnes who joins BGP as a Graduate Surveyor following the completion of his Real Estate masters degree. He will then go on to sit the APC to become a Chartered Surveyor.

Head of the National Leasing team Victoria Broadhead commented: “we are delighted to add Rob to our ever-growing National team. Rob will be working predominantly across the Landsec portfolio, helping to create exciting tenant mixes in each scheme. His energy and enthusiasm will help to offer a different perspective, assisting clients to maximise their values”.

Bruce Gillingham Pollard recruits Central London Leasing Director

Tracey Pollard

BGP has appointed Lizzie Knights as a director in its Central London leasing team. Formerly with Colliers and BNP Paribas Real Estate, Lizzie has extensive experience of working on retail and leisure leasing across prime London locations including Grosvenor’s Mayfair and Belgravia estates; Shaftesbury’s Soho and Carnaby holdings; Argent’s Coal…

He did it!

Dan Taylor

Delighted to report Dan completed the 100km Race to the Stones on Saturday! A pretty hot day for running and added to that a few injuries along the way but he got it done!  Amazing achievement. Dan is raising money for the NSPCC.  If you would like to donate his…

Bruce Gillingham Pollard appoints new Director of London Neighbourhoods Team

Tracey Pollard

BGP has appointed Emily Dumbell as a Director.

She has been with the firm since 2012 and, following her recent return from maternity leave, will lead the business’s new London Neighbourhoods team.

BGP Managing Director, Tracey Pollard, said: “London neighbourhoods are proving increasingly vibrant as people explore different ways of achieving a work-life balance.”

“When she joined us, Emily was part of our first graduate intake and since then has consistently made a significant contribution to the development of our client base and range of specialist consultancy.”

“She will be a perfect leader for our newly formed London Neighbourhoods team and her career with us in an example of the commitment we’ve made to achieving excellence and balance across our team”.

The London Neighbourhoods team will specialise in advising on bringing a wide range of retail, leisure, wellness and other amenity uses such as health, childcare and co-working to locations around the capital. It is already working with major owners on projects in St John’s Wood, Wimbledon, Queen’s Park, Ealing and Wandsworth.

Oxford Street

Charlotte Roberts

Last week we launched our third retail store on Oxford Street to market. An interesting time for the street when in the same week, the first kiosk & trading pitch has been de-designated from the public realm. This alongside the repositioning of the department stores, arrival of Crossrail & investment…

2022 Graduate Recruitment

Emily Dumbell

We are looking for ambition, drive and enthusiasm. From day one, you will have exposure to some of the UK’s most influential landlords, property companies and retailers. We are looking for a talented person who can be part of our energetic team and help shape our business over the long…

BGP Connects EP 6

Lucy Cope

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn” Phil Collins On our next instalment of #BGPconnects Lucy Cope speaks to Vanessa Murray of Mentoring Circle. Now just a week on from the first anniversary of the scheme, and the launch of the second year of mentees they…

BXR City

Charlotte Roberts

A launch date of all launch dates; on Tuesday 22nd February, BXR launched at 22 Bishopsgate.

This really was, and is such a totally unique project to be involved in – a first for London and the UK market delivering the highest gym in Europe in the tallest building in London.

Charlotte Roberts acted on behalf of the landlord in securing BXR.

Watch this space for more news on 22 Bishopsgate.

BGP Connects EP5

Evie North

BGP connects Episode 5 “Houses close to streets full of independent retailers sell for 20% more” evening standard On our next instalment of #BGPconnects Evie North speaks to Chris Daly of Greenland U.K. They discuss the rising trend of London Neighbourhoods, the impact covid-19 had on this trend and more specifically on the evolution of The…

1 Day to go

Tracey Pollard

It’s been an eventful year to say the least, but throughout its ups and downs the BGP team have remained driven and passionate in providing the right solutions for our clients. A massive thank you to our amazing team, who have delivered some tremendous results and our best wishes to…

3 Days to go

Thea Rowe

Competitive socialising and leisure is something we have discussed over the years in previous trends and we’ve been delighted to see this continue to grow across the UK with the likes of Hollywood Bowl and their most recent brand Puttstars. Given the last 20 months consumers (maybe even more than…

4 Days to go

Evie North

The growth in neighbourhoods and localism has never been more apparent. We are increasingly seeing some fantastic London centric operators look beyond Central London and out nationally and to the local neighbourhoods.

Following the launch of The Ivy Asia, St Pauls at One New Change back in 2019. The Ivy Asia opened a second site in Chelsea in 2021 and we are now pleased to announce they will be opening at The Tunsgate Quarter in Guildford, Surrey in Spring 2022.

Serving theatrical drinks and cocktails, alongside a menu that is varied and diverse as the vast continent of Asia. Some of the favourites include the Bonsai sharing plate, Aromatic Crispy Duck or the Ivy Asia Black Shell followed by the Red Dragon Dessert.

Tunsgate Quarter is also home to an array of popular dining options including Pho Restaurant , The Cosy Club , Gail’s Bakery and The Ivy Guildford. Alongside, lifestyle retail brands including The White Company, Nespresso, Oka and Bobbi Brown to name a few.

The Ivy Asia will be open at the corner of Tunsgate and Castle Street, with an entrance within the atrium of the beautiful Art Deco building. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about opening…

For more information on opportunities at The Tunsgate Quarter, speak to Victoria Broadhead

9 Days to to

Lucy Cope

Following the success of their pop up on Duke of York Square, the Lincolnshire born sustainable jewellery brand Daniella Draper have now opened their first standalone store in London on the King’s Road. “The whole team are so excited to have opened in London and particularly on the King’s Road.…

10 Days to go

Thea Rowe

We reported in our trends of 2021 about the rise of the neighbourhoods, and we’ve seen this trend to continue to grow throughout the year. There’s few better examples then our letting to Josh Katz for his new ‘grown up’ concept Carmel on Lonsdale Road, Queens Park. Marketing of 25 Lonsdale Road…

11 Days to go

Evie North

The future of retail destinations will be defined by the quality of experience. TOCA is a great example of the evolution of retail. A new 40,000 sq ft entertainment venue that boasts state of the art technology through its ball tracking, high quality food and generous drink offering is set…

12 Days to go

Tracey Pollard

The evolution of the retail and restaurants @ haysontheriver_Se1 got underway this year with a summer pop up run by the wonderful team at Bermonseybarkitchen.

Due to its continued success, it has morphed twice, once into an autumn designed pop up and now into the most stunning festive winter bar.  Covered by the beautiful, glassed roof, it’s “rain proof” outside seating really is the perfect place for drinks @Christmas2021.

This is a great example of a pop up being used to place make and set a tone for the future F&B lettings within the Estate. Throughout the year, the bar has been busy attracting a new demographic to Hays Galleria, which further highlights the massive opportunity available to those brands looking to expand on the Southbank.

There are several sites at Hays Galleria for new restaurants in 2022, which seem fitting, as The Galleria is located on the site of a brew house dating back to 1651. This was then converted into a Wharf in 1840 which was nicked names the “Larder of London” as it saw 80% of the dry produce imported to London passing through the Wharf. It therefore feels rights that we are looking to bring more great quality food and drink back to the heart of Hays Galleria.

The instruction at London Bridge is a good example of how the BGP teams work together and for further information with regard new opportunities for retail, restaurant and leisure please contact @Tracey Pollard and @Sophie Moorcroft.

And for more information on our lease consultancy please contact and

Isola by San Carlo

Tracey Pollard

Back in the height of lockdown in 2020, BGP relet one of the most prominent restaurants in Central London, the old Carluccio’s in St Christopher’s Place. Whilst a full-scale lockdown of the hospitality industry might not have been the best time to let a West End restaurant, the flight to…

Leisure Investment Market

Andrew McGregor

Activity in the leisure investment sector has been slow to say the least. Yes, hotels and pubs have recovered quickly as an asset class, mainly driven by long leases and/or underlying residual values, but the more typical cinema-anchored schemes have been completely overlooked, and almost certainly “over-sold”. Consumer spending would…


Charlotte Roberts

The past two years have brought about a number of notable changes in our lives; our homes transitioned into our offices, gyms, and social hubs (albeit over Zoom). This time spent at home has influenced the interior & design industry as we are far more conscious of the spaces we…

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