What better place to kick off our new SPOTLIGHT series than Pimlico Road?

Pimlico Road is famous for its globally renowned collection of makers and creators, recognised internationally as leaders in their fields. Nestled in the heart of Belgravia, Pimlico Road was originally and predominantly home to a collection of the most notable antique dealers. These retain a presence on the Pimlico Road today – but now joined by an incredibly varied range of creators including soft furnishings specialists Fermoie and ChelseaTextiles, furniture shops such as SoaneBritain and CarlHanson&Son and home accessories from the likes of Bonadea and coxlondon.

Pimlico Road is also the home of the recently opened Newson’s Yard. The site of London’s oldest timber yard, Newson’s Yard retains its 1840s character with the original Victorian brickwork and structure. It hosts five new design and interior shops including NinaCampbell’s showroom and product design studio andobjects from designer Martin Brudnizki – and will be joined by wildflowers restaurant from Aaron Potter (formerly executive chef at Elystan Street and Marias G’s) this summer.

But there’s so much more to experience here than a unique selection of design and antiques. Pimlico Road is a vibrant, buzzy community with a varied calendar of events and partnerships. Earlier this month many of the tenants took part in London Craft Week – giving customers the chance to experience Hand Embroidery instruction at Chelsea Textiles, Weaving at Rose Uniake, and Textile Art at Bonadea.

Belgravia in Bloom was celebrated by many Pimlico Road residents with incredible floral displays that drew influencers, tourists and visitors from the nearby Chelsea Flower Show to the area. The Best Overall Winner went to Bayley & Sage, while Popouelli was awarded Most Innovative and Best Interpretation of the Theme to Enoteca Turi.

Unique heritage, unrivalled craftsmanship and a strong sense of community; just three reasons we consider Pimlico Road to be one of London’s most compelling destinations.

Pimlico Property Opportunity:

We have a wonderful corner restaurant opportunity at 105 Pimlico Road, next to Rose Uniake. We are looking for a talented and progressive hospitality operator to add something unique to the existing mix at this incredible location. Please get in touch with us to discuss.


Tracey Pollard

We have long been fans of finding the best new talent and nurturing new brands and the arches at Wood Lane, are the perfect place for new emerging operators. Taking advantage of their raw architectural charm of the railway arches, Bergamot Kitchen, joins Prairie Fire, as the first 2 brands…

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…

Bruce Gillingham Pollard Appoints Leisure Director

Tracey Pollard

Harry Cody Owen’s promotion to Director has been published by By Paul Norman of CoStar 3 April 2023:

UK retail, hospitality and leisure consultancy Bruce Gillingham Pollard has appointed Harry Cody-Owen as a director in its national leisure team.

Cody-Owen is a senior national leisure adviser with a focus on redeveloping shopping centres into experience-led destinations. He has been involved in high-profile deals for Hammerson, Landsec, Abrdn, AEW and Legal & General.

BGP’s managing director Tracey Pollard said: “Harry joined the firm in September 2020 as an associate director, and is now a leading leisure agent and a key member of the national team.”

“His experience and tenacious work ethic have always aligned with BGP while his ability to understand consumer experience in client portfolios is a real strength.”

In addition to focusing on prime landlord instructions, he is also closely involved in the tenant representation side of the business, where he acts on behalf of a variety of well-known restaurant, nightclub and leisure operators, the company said.

Cody-Owen said in a statement: “Retail continues to evolve and being involved in super prime kit enables me to lead the transition. I look forward to continuing my success and helping deliver world class retail destinations”.


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…

2022 achievements – National Team

Victoria Broadhead

2022 has been a busy year, securing new retail and F&B brands for sites across the country. We thought we would highlight just a small selection of our favourites.

Crown appoints BGP on Regent Street and St James’s leisure

Rupert Bentley-Smith

The Crown Estate has appointed Bruce Gillingham Pollard and Cushman & Wakefield to advise on leisure leasing across its Regent Street and St James’s portfolios in London.

BGP Director, Rupert Bentley-Smith, comments: “The Regent Street and St James’s portfolios present opportunities for a tremendous variety of hospitality and leisure offers from live performance and events, to fine dining and grab-and-go.

“Having already worked with The Crown Estate on a number of situations across this unique part of London, we’re very excited about the prospect of extending our remit and sourcing new concepts which match The Crown Estate’s ambition, and the diverse profile of the location’s visitors, residents and working population.”

Leanne Catterall, Customer Partnership Director for London and Regional at The Crown Estate, said: “Hospitality and culture is a huge focus for us over the near future, as we look to reposition our customer base to offer more diverse, immersive and experience led concepts. We have taken some time to re-organise our internal team, and now have Sarah McLaren leading on hospitality and culture across London, who will be supported by these latest agency appointments, enabling us to start targeting new sectors and widening our offer in the West End.

“These advisors all have a global reach, to ensure we are learning from other destinations outside of the UK, as we curate the best environment that is relevant for our community in the West End.”

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…

Palm House

Thea Rowe

Our friends Incipio have launched their newest concept Palm House in Nova.

The Cuban and Miami inspired clubhouse sits across two floors complete with a dedicated daiquiri bar.

With the cold creeping in, who doesn’t want to be temporarily transported to warmer climates?!

Bruce Gillingham Pollard acted for our clients landsec and Etch  acted on behalf of Incipio.

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…

MARK appoints Bruce Gillingham Pollard on Borough Yards project

Tracey Pollard

European private equity real estate investment manager, MARK, has appointed Bruce Gillingham Pollard to advise on retail leasing alongside CBRE at the Borough Yards development in London SE1.

The 140,000 sq.ft mixed use scheme, adjacent to the historic Borough Market, is south London’s newest food, retail, leisure and office landmark. Everyman Cinema, Barrafina, Brother Marcus, and The Office Group, which has taken 51,000 sq.ft of space, are among the key tenants.

The site was originally a mixture of derelict land and Victorian railway arches, which have since been restored and repurposed as part of its redevelopment. Designed by award-winning SPARCC, Borough Yards features five mixed-use buildings and public realm.

Borough Yards opened its doors in early 2022, with Paul Smith, Parillan, Bar Daskal, Burger & Beyond, Butchies and Vinoteca other high-profile tenants capitalising upon the area’s high footfall rates.

The scheme connects Borough Market with the River Thames’ South Bank, while London Bridge Station is less than two minutes’ walk away. London’s financial district, Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate Modern are in the immediate area.

Lily Lin, Managing Director at MARK commented: “Borough Yards represents a new chapter for the area and joins a growing list of successful urban redevelopment projects undertaken by MARK. The creation or redevelopment of city-defining landmarks will remain a key focus of ours and work alongside our specialist platform strategy.

“Attracting established and globally appealing occupiers is an integral part of that and the quality of tenants at Borough Yards illustrates our ability to execute this well. We’re looking forward to working with Bruce Gillingham Pollard on strengthening and diversifying the brands which complement our exciting line-up of food & drink concepts.”

Bruce Gillingham Pollard Managing Director, Tracey Pollard, commented: “Borough Yards is rapidly evolving into one of London’s most exciting and multi-faceted retail and hospitality environments”.

“It’s housed in a sensitive and ingenious development which meshes superbly with the surrounding historic building landscape and benefits from the millions of visitors who make their way to this historic and vibrant parts of London.”

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…


Tracey Pollard

Each year BGP review the themes and drivers impacting our markets and explore how they are shaping the world of retail, F&B and leisure. However, before we look forward, it’s always useful to look back to see how last year’s predications shaped up, so this is a quick recap of our 2021 trends;

  • New Members’ Clubs
  • Men’s Make-Up
  • Rental Fashion
  • The Growth of the Neighbourhood
  • A New Approach

If you would like the BGP team to present their 2022 trend predictions in person or via Teams, please get in contact with Cara Milligan.

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…

5 Days to go

Lucy Cope

This time last year we were thrilled to welcome international renowned London florist McQueens, a global name in luxury floral design to North Audley Street only a stones throw away from Oxford street.

Their flagship store situated in the heart of the West End is the UK’s largest floral emporium. The 2,500 sq ft store displays an array of beautiful flowers and their international flower school hosts workshops from one day through to five week vocational courses.

McQueen’s joined existing retailers on the street such as Duck & Dry, Jab Boxing, Mercato Metropolitano and Joe & The Juice to name a few. Lucy Cope acted on behalf of our client Grosvenor to secure this letting. The unit is a prominent corner unit and it was not only important for us that the retailer looked beautiful from the outside but that this was an activating use, providing a unique offering for both the local residents as well as the office population.

For further info of opportunities available in North Mayfair please contact Charlotte Roberts or Lucy Cope

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. …

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