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 in a collection of 11 new operators.

Bergamot Kitchen is one of the brands currently operating in the Wood Lane arches, offering infused Persian foods and supporting local artists.

Bergamot offers family run infused Persian foods, with supper clubs, cooking classes and culture events. Delicious dishes include an all-day breakfast, sharing plates, and a variety of tempting small plates such as Mast-o- Bademjoon, a creamy yogurt and aubergine dip and weekend specials such as traditional slow cooked lamb.

Their community focused approach, also supports talented young Iranian female artists, and incorporates an eclectic collection of retail, to include sweet and savoury gifts, tins of organic tea, and their local honey produced in their own apiary

  • Retail
  • Independents
  • Emerging brands
  • Community retail
  • Wood Lane
  • White City
  • Railway arches

Fresh perspective is among key benefits of secondments

Sophie Moorcroft

Having returned from Landsec, Sophie Moorcroft has now moved into the capital markets team at Bruce Gillingham Pollard working alongside Jack Barratt, Woody Bruce and Nick Halley bringing an understanding of client requirements. Her experience at Landsec spanned all geographies and sectors, and the move to the capital markets team…

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 re-use of embodied carbon in existing buildings.

As part of the proposals, the ground floor will be repurposed to deliver 40,000 sq ft of hospitality space with a restaurant, bar and food market that will complement the existing food and hospitality hub in Grand Central.  In addition, the proposals will create space for a premium grocery offer, gym, wellbeing amenities, flexible events space and cycle storage facilities.  The new space will support tenants and enhance the experience for other visitors. BGP is advising on the leasing of the hospitality & leisure space in the scheme.

Harry Badham, Chief Development and Asset Repositioning Officer at Hammerson, said: “This project is the next step in Hammerson’s vision to transform our Birmingham estate, creating a truly multi-use asset that thrives due to its relevance and diversity.

“Drum is an original and highly important evolution of workplaces, built on the principles of connectivity, amenities, and sustainability, and it is crucial we complement it by creating a vibrant public realm that provides new facilities and more choice for office workers and visitors. These proposals will create a new world-class restaurant and leisure hub at this key national interchange and gateway to the UK’s fastest growing city.”

Ardent UK Completes Royal Exchange Acquisition

Woody Bruce

Advised by BGP, The Ardent Companies UK has completed its acquisition of the retail element of The Royal Exchange in the City of London from Oxford Properties. The Royal Exchange, located opposite the Bank of England between Threadneedle Street and Cornhill, is the City’s leading luxury retail destination. Providing 51,400…

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 room with an installation by UK artist Lucy Sparrow.

Paradise Green joins Equinox and Watchhouse with Fazenda opening in 2023.

Rupert Bentley-Smith acted on behalf of our clients Brookfield.

Sandbox VR – UK’s First

Tracey Pollard

This weekend, why not head to the newly opened Sandbox VR UK in Museum Street, London. Jump into a high-tech virtual reality world and choose to be at the centre of a zombie attack or fighting pirates on the high seas. London’s first Sandbox VR uses Hollywood motion capture cameras,…

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…

He’s at it again, our very own Dan Taylor taking on yet another epic challenge… An ultramarathon!!!

Dan Taylor

Tomorrow Dan is running 100km in the threshold trail series Race to the Stones race raising money for NSPCC

The epic 100 km challenge will take Dan along the oldest path in Britain, on a journey along the iconic Ridgeway from Lewknor to Avebury. Lined with Bronze Age hill forts, Neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings.

Any donations are gratefully received to help Dan in his quest. Link to JustGiving page is below.

Wishing Dan huge amounts of luck on a particularly warm summers day!!



Landsec appoint Bruce Gillingham Pollard across food and beverage portfolio

Tracey Pollard

Bruce Gillingham Pollard are delighted to have been appointed by Landsec to join their new retail leasing agent panel,  working across the hospitality portfolio which includes food & beverage, fitness, leisure and hotels. The panel, which has been formed as part of Landsec’s new operating model launched late last year,…

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 discuss Vanessa’s vision in starting the scheme as well as Lucy’s involvement as one of the mentees.


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 Dan@brucegillinghampollard.com and Will@brucegillinghampollard.com

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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