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 Ram Quarter.


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. …

13 Days to go

Thea Rowe

22 Bishopsgate is newest addition to the London Skyline and an incredibly memorable project to be working on.

2021 has seen the opening of this ‘vertical village’ where the office occupants will have access to everything under one roof. From grab & go food to a restaurant, gym to a wellness retreat, all within the 61 floors.

We’ve seen the opening of the 22,000 sq.ft market secured by Woody Bruce on behalf of axa. Offering the occupants of 22 access to various kiosk style food options, coffee by the gentleman’s baristas,  a wine bar and a restaurant with terrace. Brought to you by Rhubarb.

We’ve also announced the recent letting to BXR on the 25th floor, secured by Charlotte Roberts, providing a workout with views for days!

And there’s more news to come in 2022 for levels 41 and 58-61. Watch this space

Contact Woody, Charlotte or Thea  for enquiries.

Film credit Alexander James TAIOkay





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…

The Maine – 6 Medici Courtyard

Woody Bruce

The fashion set are back partying and The Maine, Hanover Square was the place to be seen. Whilst not opening to the public until the 15th November, The Maine played host to the British Vogue’s and Self-Portrait party last week, guests including the  brand’s newest campaign star, supermodel Irina Shayk and…

BGP Connects EP3

Lucy McGowan-Scanlon

We’ve seen an acceleration in the number of pop-ups in the last 18 months, with many Landlords now more open to considering shorter lease terms, this maybe as a result of the increase in voids, an understanding of the power of their marketing potential or as part of a rates mitigation strategy.

From a brands perspective, pop-ups provide a great opportunity to expand their reach, particularly as digital coverage has become so competitive, as well as allowing them to showcase new products, so we are seeing a wealth of interest in our pop-up opportunities.

Lucy McGowan-Scanlon worked with several BGP clients to secure exciting pop-up tenants and for Episode 3 of BGP Connects she talks to Laura Fernie and Tom Atkinson from TFL.

Well ahead of the trend, TFL were pioneers of the pop-up with the activation of Old Street Roundabout in 2014, so Laura and Tom offered a valuable insight into the merits of this developing sector.

BGP Connects EP1

Tracey Pollard

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of Life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet” Albert Einstein Download the first of our series of 10 Podcasts celebrating our 10th anniversary, where the Bruce Gillingham Pollard team share insights and interviews with our…

Tattu announces expansion into London

Rupert Bentley-Smith

Independent restaurant group Tattu has confirmed its expansion into London and will open its fifth site at Outernet’s The Now Building located in the heart of the city on Denmark Street this winter. Established in 2015, the group opened its first restaurant in Manchester’s Spinningfields district, followed by sites in…

Who wants to be transported to Cuba?!

Thea Rowe

La Rampa is the newest addition to GPE’s Market Place, W1 curtesy of the fantastic MJMK.

Bar La Rampa recreates the atmosphere of 1950s Havana with the fabulous cocktail menu developed by @mr_marcis and the food menu by @tata_eatery; a combination that doesn’t disappoint!

It’s been great to see how many independent brands have taken the last 12 months to develop concepts and open out of lockdown with a bang. We can’t wait to spend more time in this slice of Havana heaven!

Thea Rowe of BGP acted on behalf of GPE and Rich Willcox, Etch acted on behalf of MJMK.

Boom: Battle Bar secures site at Ram Quarter Development in Wandsworth

Sophie Moorcroft

Boom: Battle Bar, the adventure bar concept from the team behind adventure park franchise Flip Out, has secured a site at the Ram Quarter development in Wandsworth, south London. The company has agreed a deal with developer Greenland UK to join the scheme, which is seeing the former home of…

Moving beyond court action

Landlords can’t just rely on the courts

Dan Taylor

Recent court decisions that have found in favour of landlords seeking rent arrears should not be seen as the only way forward in terms of repairing retail property revenue flows. It’s certainly too early for landlords to be celebrating unreservedly: in the instance of the most high-profile decision – which…

First operator opens at Postmark

Nick Halley

BGP have acted on behalf of Taylor Wimpey to secure Mousetail Coffee who have taken an internal unit within the residential marketing suite at Postmark. The letting will help to drive footfall into the marketing suite giving prospective buyers a better and more unique experience, whilst also acting as an…

RIXO’s first bridalwear store at 75 Elizabeth Street

Lucy Cope

Super excited to have worked with Henrietta Rix and acted on behalf of my client Grosvenor Group in securing RIXO’s first bridalwear store at 75 Elizabeth Street which opened earlier this week! This will be the only RIXO bridalwear boutique, stocking their limited edition capsule collection of 26 pieces.

The bridal collection is split into two themes, ‘the city bride’ and ‘the classic bride’. The collection caters to brides at both ends of the spectrum from slinky silk dresses, sequin dresses to jumpsuits and mini dresses for those looking for something less formal.

They will also stock a collection of bridesmaid and wedding guest dresses in addition to accessories including blouses, veils and headbands to finish off the look.

With restrictions now starting to lift, and a flurry of weddings on the horizon it is the perfect time for them to open their bricks and mortar store.

They will join existing brands on the street including the likes of Me & Em, Beulah, Pepa & Co, Jo Loves and recently launched Bayley & Sage. Rixo will provide a unique offering on the street further bolstering the independent, community offering in Belgravia and we know they will be a huge success!

Attracting Generation Z

Sophie Moorcroft

Acting on behalf of Hammerson, Bruce Gillingham Pollard have secured three new lettings to Wingstop in Bullring, Birmingham, Cabot Circus, Bristol and Oracle in Reading. Wingstop opened their first London site on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End in 2018. With 1,500 branches in the US, they are now set to…

The Lever Building, 85 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1

Jack Barratt

Our Central London investment team are pleased to have advised Merseyside Pension Fund on the acquisition of The Lever Building, Clerkenwell for close to the asking price of £38,500,000. The building is a converted Victorian warehouse, let to supermarket giant Tesco’s digital division until 2025. The acquisition reinforces the resilience…

Mentoring Circle – Close the gender gap in property

Tracey Pollard

Bruce Gillingham Pollard have always been at the forefront of nurturing their young team and when MD Tracey Pollard was asked to participate in the Mentoring Circle, she said yes immediately. We talk to founder Vanessa Murray prior to the official launch on International Women’s day, about why she felt…

Indian street food operator Mowgli to open in Brewery Quarter, Cheltenham

Victoria Broadhead

Given the past 12 months it has been fantastic to see operators like Mowgli continue to expand nationally, including in Brewery Quarter, Cheltenham.

The Indian street food operator will be transforming the ex-Babel site and is due to open late Summer. Mowgli is a unique offer for Cheltenham and will be a brilliant addition to the scheme.

Victoria Broadhead acted on behalf of the landlord.

Diversity of Instructions

Emily Dumbell

One of the key strengths of Bruce Gillingham Pollard, is our range of clients and the diversity of the projects we work on. These instructions stretch from standalone shops and restaurant units, to large development projects nationwide. We work on established shopping centres, as well as successful Estates and our…

What a year!

Tracey Pollard

We just wanted to thank our amazing team, clients, the retailers and restaurateurs we work with every day for their continued support and trust. The BGP team has demonstrated determination and resilience, and our strong sense of team work has been more apparent than ever.  Whilst we have all experienced…

Bruce Gillingham Pollard have advised an overseas client on the recent acquisition of COS in Guildford’s High Street

Jack Barratt

Whilst there is an underlining negativity around retail property, this market sentiment has led to the creation of opportunities for our clients. With a strong retail background, they are acutely aware of the growth in retail sales in many market towns and as such are keen to expand more within this area.

Jack Barratt of Bruce Gillingham Pollard says “this sector merits more attention, as many high streets located in affluent commuter environments have remained busy throughout the lockdown periods. Our leasing teams are seeing a shift in operator demand for locations such as Guildford and as such it presents a strong story for our investor base given the fundamentals”.

Speak to Jack Barratt in our investment team for details on our overseas client requirements .


Trends 2021

Tracey Pollard

It was interesting to see Reiss announced they were starting to sell War Paint For Men. The make-up brand which challenges masculine stereotypes will offer its tinted moisturiser, primer, bronzer, concealer and beard and brow gel online and will have in store presence in 15 of Reiss’s UK stores and…

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