Tina Evans, Group Director of Frank Harris & Company, Jackson-Stops & Staff’s associated offices in the City of London, tells us why she lives and breathes this unique part of London:
Where do you live and why?
I moved to the South Bank three years ago and love it here. I wanted an easy commute and most days I walk to my office in the City. My flat is off Lower Marsh, behind Waterloo station, which is a wonderfully quirky street with an excellent food market and a number of specialist shops you can’t find anywhere else in London.
What are the main changes you’ve seen in the time you’ve worked in the City?
The biggest change is that people now have their main home here whereas in the past it was largely a place people only stayed during the week. We’ve been selling flats in the Barbican for more than 30 years and it’s become a magnet for families, couples, empty nesters, even retirees, as have the rest of the City and surrounding areas. There’s so much more to do in the City now, especially in the evenings and on the weekends.
What are the latest trends in property design in the area?
People are far more design conscious nowadays. You see all sorts of flooring – wood, cork, rubber, for example, and a huge variety of kitchen worktops – concrete, granite, stainless steel, marble etc.
Where’s the best place to go for a Friday night cocktail?
Bird of Smithfield opposite Smithfield market has a lovely roof garden – great for a glass of Prosecco on a warm evening.
…and a perfect place for Sunday brunch?
And finally, tell us a little known fact about the area?
There’s a new development in Shoreditch that will include a 200-seat amphitheatre and heritage centre on the site of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre, which is where Romeo and Juliet and Henry V were first performed in 1577.
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