Countdown to Christmas

Tracey Pollard

What a year 2021 has been! Despite the lows of restrictions and lockdowns, there have been some highs and here at Bruce Gillingham Pollard we have been exceptionally busy.

SO, we thought it only right to celebrate some of those highs.

Over the next 12 days we’ll be sharing with you a selection of those highs, with some (if only we could share all!) of our exciting work of the year.


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…


Tracey Pollard

We’re excited to kick start our week by announcing that, following 3 excellent presentations and 12 months of incredible hard work, Lucy Cope, Thea Rowe and Sophie Moorcroft have all been promoted to Associate Director. 🥂

We are extremely proud of their achievements, personal growth, and the contribution they have each made to the business and look forward to seeing them continue to grow. As ever we are grateful to the wider team who have supported them during their development and growth.

Managing Director Tracey Pollard comments “Our team are the bedrock of the business and the generosity of time and willingness to pass on knowledge and skills to each other is what makes the BGP team so special.  Observing the individual growth made by Thea, Lucy, and Sophie over the last year has been fantastic, particularly bearing in mind the challenges we have all experienced.  With so much momentum and opportunity, we are excited to watch how they each develop during the next 12 months.”

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…

Berber and Q to launch Carmel on Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park

Thea Rowe

(Photo credit Carmel)

Josh Katz and Berber and Q are coming to Queen’s Park with Carmel where they will offer an all day menu inspired by North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Lonsdale Road comprises a mix of independent offices workshops and restaurants including Milk Beach who recently expanded.

Securing Carmel on Lonsdale Road is another great example of one of our trends of 2021 and the rise of London Villages.

Thea Rowe acted on behalf of our clients Brunswick PP and Jake Bernstone of Stonebrook acted on behalf of Carmel.

Please speak to Thea Rowe  for all further enquiries for Lonsdale Road, Queens Park.

Where have all the commuters gone?

Victoria Broadhead

Although the country is now recovering from Covid 19 and we are getting back to some normality will we go back to the way it was? This obviously depends who you work for, the BBC questioned 50 of the UKs biggest employers and some 43 of these firms said they…

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 anchor for the remaining commercial units.

Postmark is a development by Taylor Wimpey located in Farringdon consisting of 650 new homes and 24,000 sq ft of commercial space. BGP are instructed on the entirety of the commercial elements with the Phase 1 leasing campaign about to commence. We believe it is important to have a joined up approach, with input from the investment team throughout the process, helping to ensure the client achieves best value when it comes to ultimate sale. This can be achieved by making sure any leasing terms are in line with current trends and investor requirements.

Please get in touch with Evie North or Nick Halley for further information or to discuss possible opportunities within the scheme.

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…

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 of the London office market, alongside the enduring appeal of Clerkenwell & Farringdon as highly attractive locations for both investors and occupiers.

Speak to Jack Barratt in our investment team for details.


Restaurants and Leisure – building anew

Rupert Bentley-Smith

Worst-case scenarios don’t come much more legitimate for restaurant and leisure businesses than repeated forced closure, for indefinite periods of time, with the outlook changing week to week leaving very little scope for any strategic planning on how to reopen. Locked down and shut down, and without any clarity of…

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 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.

Customer Experience, why is it important?

Jamie Orme

We’ve all walked into a shop or restaurant and been confronted by an over enthusiastic member of staff who makes you want to turn around and head straight back towards the door. It’s a typically English response when trying to enjoy one of the nation’s favourite past-times, no small talk…

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…

The Permanent Benefits of Pop-Ups

Tracey Pollard

There is a great deal of  talk in our industry about pop-ups as it’s essential at this time of disruption to help landlords activate voids through securing short-term occupiers. We believe the secret to the success of a pop-up is targeting brands which fit within an existing mix and complement…