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 Ivy and Pizza Express who are opposite, creating a new hub of operators. Watch this space for more additions.

Victoria Broadhead acted on behalf of Hermes.

Gordon Ramsay Street Burger now open at One New Change

Tracey Pollard

For great food at exceptional value, head to Street Burger, St Paul’s. Joining Bread Street Kitchen, this is the second venture by Gordon Ramsay at One New Change and offers a signature burger, seasoned fries and unlimited soft drinks for £15. Tracey Pollard, who acted for Land Sec said “…

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…

San Carlo Restaurant Group to launch new restaurant concept at St Christopher’s Place, London

Tracey Pollard

San Carlo Restaurant Group is to launch a new Italian restaurant concept in St Christopher’s Place, in Spring 2021. The 6,000 sq.ft. 200 cover Italian restaurant with two outdoor dining terraces, takes the unit previously traded by Carluccios and will provide a new all day concept catering for shoppers and dinners alike.

One of the UK’s most successful independent restaurant groups, San Carlo is owned by the Distefano family whose estate numbers 21 restaurants across the UK and five globally in Qatar, Bangkok, Riyadh and Bahrain. The new restaurant will add to their current portfolio of restaurants across London which includes Alto by San Carlo, The Rooftop, Selfridges, Signor Sassi on Knightsbridge Green, Cicchetti Piccadilly and Covent Garden, San Carlo Regent Street St James’s and Fumo St Martin’s Lane.

Managing Director Marcello Distefano said: “We are very excited to have been able to acquire this site as it has been on our radar for a long time. St Christopher’s Place and the area surrounding it has been going through an amazing transformation over the past couple of years. We’re looking forward to bringing something new and exciting and will be revealing our plans in the coming weeks. Although London is very difficult at the moment, we believe it will come back stronger than ever.”

Tracey Pollard, Managing Director at Bruce Gillingham Pollard said “St Christopher’s Place has evolved in recent years to become a real food destination, with the likes of Hoppers, Homeslice, Flat Iron, Patty and Bun and Harry’s. This letting has further cemented the food credentials, as San Carlo create a bespoke concept  appealing to those coming to dine, as well as customers exploring the unique range of independent shops”

Bruce Gillingham Pollard acted for St Christopher’s Place as retained sole agents. For further information, please contact Tracey Pollard and Sammy Weinbaum from CDG leisure who acted on behalf of the tenant.

BGP secures artisan bakery Gails for debut in Guildford at The Tunsgate Quarter

Victoria Broadhead

Head of our national team, Victoria Broadhead is delighted to announce that popular artisan bakery chain, GAIL’s, opened in Tunsgate Quarter, Guildford on October 29th 2020. Set up in 2005 by Tom Molnar and Ran Avidan, GAIL’s opened its first bakery in Hampstead with the aim of making world class…

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…

Bruce Gillingham Pollard announces its latest initiative – The launch of a bespoke Pop-Up team

Tracey Pollard

Lucy McGowan-Scanlon join’s Bruce Gillingham Pollard as Head of Pop-Ups after 2 years at Debenhams. Lucy worked on both long term leases and lead on all of their pop-up activity across 40 stores.  Projects included supporting on the introduction of Café de Pierre (Caffe Concerto) and working with Sweet Potato Spirit Company as they expanded from 5 to 25 pop-ups.

Lucy says “Pop-ups have never had more relevance on the high street than in the current climate as a means to drum up consumer interest, drive footfall and increase dwell time. It is an opportunity for up and coming brands to showcase themselves and given the rent terms, trial different markets and for Landlords to activate their spaces in a way that could rejuvenate the surrounding area. Consumers are now overly familiar with carbon copy high streets and this is the perfect way to create a feeling of change and newness. I am really excited to support our Landlords in a change of approach and look forward to working with the tenants to help bring awareness to and grow their brands”.

Lucy will work across our portfolio of estates and instructions, focusing primarily in London and the Home Counties, with a remit to expand nationally in 2021.

Managing Director Tracey Pollard says,

“Lucy’s retail background brings another dynamic to our business and her insight will be vital to the future success of this initiative. We have long been advocates of pop-ups, as they allow a landlord to test a sector or a potential brand, without full scale commitment from either party. This can create a point of difference and a renewed energy to a shopping destination.

In the current trading environment, pop-ups have never been so important to our clients but the economics of delivering pop up operators which also fit within a tenant mix strategy can be a challenge for agents. Therefore, we firmly believe a dedicated resource, sourcing targeted tenants for pop-up opportunities will prove a vital resource for our clients to navigate the new era of retail.“

BGP advise London Metric on £62million acquisition of 5 Waitrose stores

Andrew McGregor

Bruce Gillingham Pollard have advised London Metric PLC on the acquisition of 5 food stores, let to Waitrose, for £62 million. All 5 stores are let on new 20 year leases. The stores range in size from 27,000 sq ft to 43,000 sq ft, located in Keynsham, Malmesbury, Paddock Wood…

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 96,163 sq ft and accommodates Wigan’s only multiplex cinema and a range of tenants including Empire cinema, JD Gym, Buzz bingo, Pizza Hut and Frankie and Benny’s. Adjacent to the DW stadium, the park sits on an 18.4-acre freehold site with nearly a 1,000 surface car park spaces.

Ashley Blake of Otium said,

“We are delighted to add this leisure park to the Fund’s portfolio.  Its tenant line-up and location are established, showing us that the scheme still has significant potential for growth – we will be working closely with the tenants to enhance the park further.  From this strong start to the year we are keen to acquire further leisure assets during 2020.”

Andrew McGregor, Head of Investment, who advised Otium said:

“It is always a pleasure to act for Otium and this is an ideal asset for their requirements, with a strong line up as well as scope for asset management.”

The vendor, CBRE Global Investors was advised by Montagu Evans. For more information on Otium’s requirements or on this transaction, please speak to Andrew Mcgregor.

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

We were very pleased to see an emotional Endo Kazutoshi collect his first (of many, we suspect) Michelin star for Endo at the Rotunda at Television Centre at White City. Millie Edwards in our leasing team acted for the landlord of Television Centre, Stanhope & Mitsui on the letting which…

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 landlord, Almacantar on the letting.

Arcade Food Theatre occupies 12,500 sq ft and expands across two floors at the base of the Centre Point tower. It features an unparalleled line up of operators from across London including: Pastorcito from Harts Group, Tātā Eatery, Oklava, Flat Iron, Lina Stores, Chotto by Chotto Matte, Casita do Frango and Pophams Bakery and more to open later in the year. Macauley Sinclair were responsible for the interior design which sees eight open kitchens with dedicated counter seating, interspersed by three bars all constructed with a variety of materials designed to complement the original 1960s structure.

Millie Edwards, who acted for the landlord Almacantar said:

“This is a major opening for London’s restaurant scene which adds a premium dimension to the food hall sector and raises the bar once more. Arcade have curated a who’s-who of exciting restaurant brands as well as delivering the crucial element of theatre for experience-led dining. I am absolutely delighted to see the end result which is no doubt set to become a modern classic, only fitting for such an iconic building as Centre Point.”

Shelley Sandzer represented the tenant, Arcade Food Theatre. With thanks to Georgia Pavlidou for the photograph. For more information, please contact Millie Edwards.