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 London pub retailer Young’s being transformed into a leisure and experience-led retail destination. Boom: Battle Bar has taken a 10,000 square foot spot on the development’s riverside promenade, Barley Walk, overlooking the River Wandle. The company has taken a 15-year lease and is set to open the site later this year. The business will join London independent brewer Sambrook’s as well as Strike bowling, Mai Thai Deli and Schooner bar along with Backyard Cinema, fine dining restaurant London Stock, Story Coffee and MoreYoga. Boom: Battle Bar chief executive Elliott Shuttleworth said: “There’s a real buzz about the reopening of London’s nightlife, and we can’t wait to get people back together and give them a night out to remember at Ram Quarter.” Boom: Battle Bar offers games such as axe throwing, augmented darts, beer pong and shuffleboard alongside a central bar and street food-style offerings. Its move to Ram Quarter is part of its expansion drive, building on its current sites in Cardiff and Norwich and the company also has sites lined up in Liverpool, Lakeside, The O2, Oxford, Aldgate East, Eastbourne, Swindon, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Sophie Moorcroft acted on behalf of Greenland and said, “ we are delighted to add Boom: Battle Bar to our line up because it adds to the dynamic mix which BGP and Greenland have worked hard over the last fews years to create. We believe Boom: Battle Bar will attract a new audience to the development whilst providing another reason to visit Ram Quarter.

For further information, please contact Sophie Moorcroft

An iconic Shoreditch venue reborn launching Spring 2021

Rupert Bentley-Smith

April 2021: Nearly a decade since it was last enjoyed, a historic site in the heart of Shoreditch reopens under new independent ownership. Within the former Victorian ‘Great Eastern Light’ power station, long- standing Hackney residents Morten Jensen, Darren Collins and chef Johnnie Collins present The Light Bar. With  lovingly…

Celebrating 10 years

Woody Bruce

10 years ago today I co-founded Bruce Gillingham Pollard and today we are a business of 26 amazing people, offering a full global service for Landlords and occupiers and have firmly established ourselves as the premier independent retail and leisure agency. We have genuinely changed places and created whole new destinations.  We have made great friends…

Post locakdown – What’s the future for retail?

Tracey Pollard

With the opening on non essential retail in a few days, we will see a raft of new store openings, many of which have been in the pipe-line long before COVID 19. One of the first new openings on our list to visit, will be Browns Brook Street, an 8,000…

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 open 5 new sites, and are venturing beyond the capital. There has been a flurry of interest in sites outside of London since COVID19, as operators want to broaden their consumer demographics and have a newly found appreciation for locations outside of the West End.

In Bullring, Birmingham they have taken the former EAT, sitting beside Hai Di Lao and Discovery Adventure Golf. This cluster of new brands has repositioned the external F&B offer in Bullring, replacing the likes of EAT, Jamie’s Italian and Forever 21.

Sophie Moorcroft who acted for the Landlord  said “by replacing failed retail and restaurant brands, with new innovative and best in class operators, we’ve secured a mix which really appeals to generation Z. This is vital, if we want to get the younger consumer back into shopping centre post lockdown.”

In Cabot Circus, Bristol, Wingstop have taken the ground floor of the old  Dorothy Perkins, close to Zara and Urban Outfitters,  highlighting how retail and restaurant tenants can support each other in driving footfall and creating a demographic which is relevant to a specific consumer.

Rosa’s Thai Cafe to make Midlands debut alongside Vinoteca and Dishoom

Victoria Broadhead

Rosa’s Thai Cafe will open its first Midlands restaurant at Paradise Birmingham later this year. The London-based company will launch its latest venue at Two Chamberlain Square. The 80-seat restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Rosa’s Thai Cafe chief executive Gavin Adair said: “The…

Honest Burger to open in Christopher Place, St Albans

Victoria Broadhead

Bruce Gillingham Pollard have secured “Great British Burger” restaurant Honest Burger at Christopher Place, St Albans. This is a fantastic addition to St Albans, where we have every confidence in their success. The scheme which already has Wagamamas is putting itself back on the map with the likes of The…

Bruce Gillingham Pollard are delighted to now be working with The Crown Estate on 55 Regent Street

Rupert Bentley-Smith

55 Regent Street is a unique opportunity to occupy up to 17,000 sq ft over ground and first floor within a truly flagship building at the gateway to Regent Street, one of the most iconic lifestyle locations in the world, and in addition fronting Piccadilly Circus, a globally recognised marketing and branding position.

Our focus is to help The Crown Estate continue to work with customers and brands to bring innovative, relevant and pioneering concepts to the Regent Street neighbourhood and further secure it’s position as the world’s leading retail and leisure destination.

55 Regent Street represents an incredible opportunity for retailing, for concept development, for branding, for events and also for food and beverage across ground and first floors within a showpiece building.

Rupert Bentley-Smith, Jamie Orme and Dominic Tixerant are leading this project on behalf of BGP.

Welcoming London florist McQueen’s to North Audley Street

Lucy Cope

It is great to welcome internationally renowned London florist McQueen’s, a global name in luxury floral design to North Audley Street just in time for Christmas. Their flagship store situated in the heart of the West End will be the UK’s largest floral emporium. The 2,500 sq ft store will…

Coqbull opened at Piccadilly Lights

Lucy Cope

Irish chicken and burger restaurant Coqbull, has made a permanent debut in London opening their flagship restaurant on 2nd December just off Piccadilly Circus in the former Jamie’s Italian. This will be the brands flagship restaurant with existing sites in Limerick, Cork and Castletroy. For further information please contact Lucy…

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 3 in New York.

Each year BGP predicate retail and property trends for the following year and back in 2019 we discussed male grooming and the increasing rise of male beauty products and how this might impact retail stores, much to the scepticism of some of our team and clients!

Whilst we don’t always get it spot on, we have always believed in the importance of understanding trends which are shaping society’s future and how they impact the property market.

It’s fair to say with this year’s massive shifts and the accelerations in trends this has never been more important. The team are busy working on our predications for 2021 and if you would like us to present in January  either on line or in person, please contact Layla O’Driscoll.

Change is afresh at St Christopher’s Place

Tracey Pollard

We are delighted that Flat Iron join the exciting restaurant line-up on James Street with their opening in November. Alongside their signature ‘Flat Iron’ steaks, which are known for their exceptional flavour and tenderness, they’ll be serving up two new specials. Plus, keep an eye out for their mini cleavers…

Welcoming Rixo to St John’s Wood High Street

Lucy Cope

It is great to welcome London based fashion label RIXO to St John’s Wood High Street this week who have opened a pop-up boutique for 12 months. The 500 sq ft unit will feature their first ever RIXO hand painted collection that was launched in 2015 to celebrate their 5th…

Kate Spade Launches at Canary Wharf

Tracey Pollard

Following the gradual re-opening of non essential retailers it was great to see the likes of Kiel’s, Sandro, Bimba & Lola and Maje open in Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf. They have now been joined by Kate Spade, who launched their new store this week with a fantastic collection of bags,…

Otium Leisure acquire Robin Leisure Park in Wigan

The UK's first leisure park investment sale of 2020

by Rosie Higgins

Advised by our investment team, Otium Real Estate has purchased Robin Leisure Park in Wigan from a fund managed by CBRE Global Investors. The purchase was made at a price of £12.48m reflecting a yield of 8.3% off a net rental income of £1.107m per annum. The property extends to…

Design Vintage to open in Tunsgate Quarter

by Rosie Higgins

Design Vintage was founded in 2012 by interior designer, Lisa Brass who established the brand after having difficulty sourcing vintage and Scandinavian products for her clients. Originally from Brighton the brand now trades from a permanent store in Chichester and has had a number of pop-up stores in London. The brand sells a variety of sourced vintage pieces from across Europe paired with classic Scandinavian homewares.

The new store will occupy 4,000 sq ft on the first floor of the scheme which is directly accessible from Tunsgate. Design Vintage will join a line-up of aspirational homeware brands within Tunsgate Quarter including OKA, Loaf and The White Company.

Victoria Broadhead, Director at Bruce Gillingham Pollard, comments:

“Design Vintage are an established, independent brand with great product line, who know their customers well. They will be a superb addition to the quality retail and leisure occupiers currently trading within Tunsgate Quarter.”

Bruce Gillingham Pollard and Cushman & Wakefield jointly advise the landlord. For more information, please contact Victoria Broadhead.

Endo at the Rotunda is awarded a Michelin Star

Endo at the Rotunda is a 16-seat restaurant located at the top of the landmark Television Centre, taking its name from the location and the internationally reknown Kazutoshi.

by Rosie Higgins

BGP buy One Tower Bridge for Redevco

We acted on behalf of Redevco who paid £70m for the benefit of the virtual freehold

by Rosie Higgins

The acquired asset comprises 83,000 sq ft of retail, restaurant and cultural space across 13 units with tenants including The Ivy, Vapiano, Sainsburys and The Bridge Theatre. The scheme was developed by vendors Berkeley Group and occupies a prime location on the south bank of the Thames with views of…

Mowgli Street Food opens on Church Street, Cardiff

BGP acted on behalf of the landlord, Hermes Investment Management.

by Rosie Higgins

This is Mowgli’s eighth restaurant having opened their first site in 2014 on Bold Street in Liverpool. Since then, former barrister and now TV personality, Nisha Katona has opened in Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield and Nottingham, with this unit their first site in Wales. The menus are designed to emulate authentic…

Arcade Food Theatre opens at Centrepoint

Acting on behalf of the vendor, Ballymore, we have completed on the investment sale of the Sainsburys Local at Royal Wharf in Newham.

by Rosie Higgins

Following a series of soft launches last week, today Arcade Food Theatre at Centre Point opens its doors to the general public. Whilst Londoners have become familiar with the food hall format, Arcade Food Theatre adds another level to this booming sector. We were delighted to have acted for the…

Sub Cult opens in One New Change

by Rosie Higgins

After much anticipation, Sub Cult are now open at 82 Watling Street, part of Landsec’s One New Change development. To celebrate the opening, free subs were given out to the lucky first 200 customers. The new store is the first permanent site for the brand which was founded five years ago and has previously traded from shipping containers, London street markets and a pub residency. They have gained a huge cult following across their social platforms and received numerous awards and accolades including being named by Time Out as ‘Top 10 Street traders’ three times, and ‘London’s ultimate sandwiches’ twice.

The sandwiches are inspired by the New York original and are made fresh to order. Historically the brand has worked with Michelin –star chefs to create unique and delectable fillings. Their menu at One New Change will include their signature Rodeo (bavette steak, truffle mayo and parmesan), the Skandi (oak smoked salmon, cream cheese and beetroot kimchi) and an exclusive new sub combining roasted chicken, ham hock, garlic aioli with a cheddar and chive crumb. The shop will also serve morning pastries from family-run east end bakery ‘Rinkoff’s’, and sweets from fellow street food sellers ‘A Pie Party’.

Bruce Gillingham Pollard acted for the landlord, Landsec, and the letting follows recent new openings in the scheme Monica Vinader, Department of Coffee and Social Affairs and the fitness brand Whatever it Takes.

Charlotte Roberts commented:

“It is very exciting that Sub Cult have chosen One New Change as the location for their much anticipated first permanent store. They are a fun, fresh brand whose incredible sandwiches add a new dimension to the food offer currently in the development. The letting follows on from many other City ‘firsts’ within the scheme which is in line with our strategy for One New Change to bring a unique and vibrant retail and F&B mix to the City market.”

For more information, please contact Charlotte Roberts.