June 21, 2018

Fabulous Farringdon – Commuting Made Easy

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The positive impact of Crossrail and the opening of the 60-mile long Elizabeth line in December 2018, which will stop at Farringdon, cannot be overstated. At our Frank Harris Long Lane branch, we’re excited to see how these fantastic new transport links will make the City of London an even more attractive place to work and live – and here’s why:

City links to the world:
The journey from Farringdon Station to Heathrow will reduce from 50 minutes to 31 minutes, making that quick getaway that little bit quicker and allowing some extra shopping time in Duty Free.

Csaba Toth from our Frank Harris Long Lane office, visiting the newly constructed areas of Farrington Station this month.

City meets West End:
The journey from Farringdon to Bond Street will reduce from 18 to 4 minutes, providing incredibly quick, easy access from the City to the boutiques, department stores and restaurants to be found in this world-renowned shopping and dining destination.

City commuting:
City dwellers working in Canary Wharf will see their daily commute from Farringdon reduce from 25 to 8 minutes, giving an all-important extra few minutes for an evening stroll or a quick drink after the working day.

Tina Evans, Group Director of Frank Harris, says that ‘if you’re looking to live in this wonderful part of London then these developments will bring huge benefits to your daily life. I believe that the new transport infrastructure will result in increased property prices over time and that now is an excellent time to buy into the area, either as a private homeowner or as an investor. We are marketing a range of wonderful properties in Farringdon and surrounding areas and would be delighted to discuss your requirements.’

You can get in touch with Tina at our Long Lane branch, on 020 7600 7000, or tinaevans@frankharris.co.uk


June 11, 2018

Beautiful Basins

One might be forgiven for not giving much thought to wash basins. However, as any developer of high quality new-build properties will tell you, the style and luxurious quality of fixtures and fittings can make or break a sale.

With the world of Instagram fully upon us, buyers are now bombarded with images of beautiful interiors, making them more aware of what is available for their own homes – and that includes bathroom fittings.


Our Group Director of Frank Harris, Tina Evans, enjoyed a fantastic day at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, where she was able to view the latest exciting thinking in design. Among the exhibits were these fantastic wash basins…things have certainly come a long way since the avocado bath suite of the ‘70s, though there is some move back to them by those who are keen to recreate the retro aesthetic in their home.


October 31, 2017

The week the landlord moved in!

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In a recent BBC documentary, one Landlord found out just how costly poor communication between Agent and Landlord can be. The situation at his properties was far worse than he was led to believe by his agent, to the extent that the welfare of his tenants was being jeopardised. You can read more about his story here.
At Frank Harris we pride ourselves on our openness and professionalism; we work hard to create a culture whereby tenants feel comfortable to come to us if there is an issue, and Landlords can rely on us to ensure the property is managed to the highest of standards. Do get in touch to discuss the full range of property management services we offer and to find out how we can make your property work for you.

October 30, 2017

That’s a wrap!

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This year’s Bloomsbury Festival was a resounding success, with thousands of members of the community coming together to celebrate the many exciting happenings that take place in and around this wonderful area of London. The Festival itself was a wonderful celebration of arts, culture and science, all brought together in one place, all inspired by the theme of independence.

We do hope that everyone who attended the event had a wonderful time and we certainly enjoyed meeting many of you there. Hopefully you had the chance to visit our stand that was situated in the vitality hub, which we ran in conjunction with Hello Love and Nourish Skin Range, where we gave out Frank Harris goody bags, alongside Nourish’s hand massages and Hello Love’s non-toxic therapy tasters.

We look forward to hearing about what you enjoyed and would love to hear about your experience of the Festival as a whole. And, of course, we hope to see you again next year, if not before to discuss your property requirements, we would be delighted to help.

October 11, 2017

Introducing Reach!

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Introducing Reach

We are proud to be the first estate agent to introduce a digital tool that allows us to market properties to a wider, more motivated online audience than ever before; unlike traditional property websites and portals, it gathers accurate information from our website about the behaviours of people looking for property to buy or let in a particular area, which is used to create tailored adverts to market properties to the right people, at the right stage of their buyer, rental or investor journey; this is done in the right place, on the right device – tablet, phone, desktop – at the right time, day or night.

Case studies:

Style-conscious Anthony is a high-earning, 37-year old media executive who has rented in Clapham for 18 months; he browses health & fitness websites and, more recently, property websites now that he is relocating for work. Anthony will receive a Frank Harris advert for a contemporary apartment to rent in his desired location, which has an on-site gym and is just 2 miles from his office; the advert will appear on his mobile at 7pm, while he’s browsing the Men’s Health website on his commute home.

Professionals Fiona and James live in their pretty three-bedroom cottage in Putney. With a young daughter and a new baby on the way, they’ve decided to move to Weybridge for the great schools, a larger house and more green space. Fiona enjoys browsing lifestyle and interior design websites, and will receive a Frank Harris advert for a four-bedroom, new-build family home within walking distance of Weybridge’s excellent primary school and train station; the advert will appear on her iPad while she’s watching Netflix with James at 9.30pm.

Sixty-somethings Andrew and Mary retired last year and have decided to downsize from their sizeable family home in Wimbledon town to a more manageable-sized property. Mary is a regular reader of the Daily Mail Online and Andrew likes to check the Financial Times Online every afternoon. Mary will receive a Frank Harris advert for a mews house on her desktop at 10am; Andrew will see the same ad on his iPad at 3pm whilst checking his share prices.

Get in touch with your local Frank Harris today to find out more how Reach can help sell or let your property.


October 9, 2017

Join us at this year’s Bloomsbury Festival!

We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Bloomsbury Festival, which is taking place 18th– 22nd October this year.

Please join us on Saturday 21st October, when we will be running a series of free Vitality-themed workshops in conjunction with Hello Love a Bloomsbury-based pop-up which is the world’s first and only space dedicated to Non-Toxic practice.

The workshops will be taking place in the Performance and Vitality suite, in the University College London hub, and will be based upon principles surrounding Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which ties in with the wider theme of ‘Ourselves – Vitality, Empowerment and Being Independent’.

To book a free space on one of these workshops, please get in touch with Keiron McGill at our Bloomsbury office on Southampton Row on 020 7405 4444, or keironmcgill@frankharris.co.uk, or pop in to say hello at 104 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4BN.

We would be delighted to see you on the day.

The Frank Harris Team

September 29, 2017

Close to the Castle

Members of our Frank Harris team attended a business forum event last night, which was hosted on the Tattershall Castle boat on Embankment. Tina Evans, Group Director of our Long Lane branch, Keiron McGill, Sales Manager of our Bloomsbury, Holborn & West End branch, Mark Nevin, Sales Manager of our Bloomsbury & King’s Cross branch, and Ashley Whitbourn, Sales Manager of our Southbank & Waterloo branch, enjoyed meeting other professionals who are based in central London and sharing their thoughts on various property-related matters.

Villiers Street, London, WC2N

On his way home, Keiron walked past the wonderful two bedroom apartment by Embankment that he has just been instructed to sell. The property is situated on Villiers Street and is on the second floor of a period building which was converted into boutique apartments approximately seven years ago. The lucky purchaser will be able to make the most of all the amenities within the local area, including of course the Tattershall Castle.

If you would like to arrange a viewing of this property, please contact Keiron on 020 7405 4444 or get in touch at bloomsbury@frankharris.co.uk to find out more.

September 13, 2017

London Cocktail Week will leave you shaken and stirred

Drink up.london

Whether you like your martinis shaken or stirred, you won’t want to miss London Cocktail Week. Now in its eighth year, the seven-day event is the world’s biggest cocktail festival, attracting more than 25,000 people last year.

This year, 250 bars of London’s top bars will open their doors to showcase their bartenders’ mixology skills and specially created cocktails. There will also be supper clubs and master classes suitable for everyone from amateurs to experts.

The festival’s biggest cocktail party will be in The Cocktail Village in Old Spitalfields Market, where some of the capital’s favourite foodies with be teaming up with drinks brands for Sip and Snack experiences. The Village will be a maze of more than 30 pop-up bars in trucks, vans and even bicycles, each serving signature £6 cocktails.

But you don’t have to be in Spitalfields to enjoy the festival. Why not head over to Soho and Covent Garden where most of the doors you pass will be trying to lure you in to taste one of their special concoctions. Jinjuu is a Korean restaurant with a cocktail list full of exotic Asian ingredients. The Vault is a tiny whisky bar underneath a shop – blink and you’ll miss it. Or try Christopher’s Martini Bar, a classic American steakhouse with a glamorous Art Deco martini bar. For something a bit more lively and playful, how about Dirty Bones where good music, as well as good cocktails, are guaranteed?

For the first time, the London Cocktail Festival has gone hi tech. This year, you don’t have to ruin your outfit with an ungainly wristband, nor do you need to carry a hand drawn map to find your way around. The key to the city’s cocktails is yours for a week-long digital pass priced at just £10, accessed via an app on your phone. This will give you access to all seven days of the festival and £6 cocktails in any one of the 250 bars taking part.

We’ll drink to that!

London Cocktail Week is on from 2 to 8 October across London. For more information and to buy your digital pass, go to drinkup.london/cocktailweek.

September 11, 2017

All aboard one of London’s most unusual attractions

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Bend in the Tracks

The Postal Museum in Clerkenwell opened earlier this summer and with it comes one of London’s most unusual attractions.

Mail Rail is a ride aboard a miniature train on the century-old subterranean Post Office railway. The journey lasts around 20 minutes through the stalactite-filled tunnels under Mount Pleasant sorting office, stopping at the original station platforms. The ride includes an impressive audio visual display showing how the railway kept post whizzing around London 22 hours a day.

Interactive displays transport passengers back in time to give an idea of how the railway enabled people around the UK and across the world keep in touch with friends, family and business partners in the pre-internet era.

The journey also relives famous historical events, such as the Blitz, and includes a theatrical experience that peels away time to bring the station back to its buzzing 1930s heydey.

Once the ride is over, you can enjoy roaming the huge former engineering depot, now reworked as an exhibition space. This includes the remains of a Victorian pneumatic car, an 1860s predecessor to Mail Rail.

Mail Rail is the showcase exhibit of the new Postal Museum, launched in July. Across the street from Mail Rail and housed in a disused Clerkenwell printing factory, the museum is a celebration of “Britain’s earliest social network”, the post.

There are interactive exhibits to bring the story of post to life, including a growling lioness telling the story of how an escaped circus lion attacked a mail coach and an interactive game where visitors can step into the shoes of a mail coach guard.

One of the highlights is a cinema showing ground-breaking films produced by the Post Office’s film unit. This was set up in the 19030s to promote its work and includes the renowned ‘Night Mail’, with words by W H Auden and music by Benjamin Britten. The film is recognised as a masterpiece of the British documentary film movement.

Other exhibits include a priceless sheet of the world’s first stamps, the Penny Black, a five-wheeled Victorian bicycle invented to cope with an increase in post and the sculpture of the Queen that has been reproduced on stamps more than 220 billion times.

The museum also includes Sorted!, a specially designed play area for under eights.

Tickets for The Postal Museum and Mail Rail can be purchased inform http://www.postalmuseum.org.

September 8, 2017

A totally London riverside experience

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Thames Barge Parade 2016 – Nigel Pepper Photography

The river Thames is one of London’s key features yet most of us take it for granted. We cross it daily on foot, by bike, or in a bus, car or train admiring the view perhaps, but without giving it a second thought.

Totally Thames, a season of 150 events on, beneath and beside the river in September is looking to change that. This year’s programme includes concerts, films, exhibitions, installations, performances, walks, a boat party and, for hardy souls, a wild swim.

Highlights this year include a celebration of the 300th anniversary of Handel’s Water Music. As part of this, composer Iain Chambers is bringing a new composition for brass and electronics into one of London’s great hidden spaces, the cavernous bascule chambers of Tower Bridge (22 to 24 September). The composition uses live recordings of the bridge’s river and road sounds.

Earlier in the month (17 September), 400 primary school children from across the capital will form Kid’s Choir at The Scoop and sing a repertoire of songs from around the world exploring themes of the Thames and issues facing children today. This will include a contemporary response to the Water Music by young composer Hunter Cobblentz.

Sing for Water (c) Mike Kemp

One of this year’s themes is ‘stories of the river’, which explores the Thames’ rich history as a working river. Working River: London’s Boatyard is a series of events throughout September that will bring the history of the boatyards of the Thames alive through oral history, film, photography and exhibitions. As part of this, look out for Boat Poets (25 and 28 September), which sees four young spoken word artists perform at tidal residencies.

One of the most spectacular sights promises to be the Thames Sailing Barge Parade and Open Day (17 and 18 September). It is billed “a parade of Thames Sailing Barges not seen in one place since the Industrial Revolution” and will include a pop-up museum. This is one not to be missed, especially by families.

If nothing else, once you’ve enjoyed Totally Thames, you will never look at the river Thames in the same way again.

A full schedule of events at Totally Thames can be found at totallythames.org.

September 7, 2017

Urban nature park in the heart of King’s Cross

Camley Street Pond

King’s Cross is full of interesting things to see and do, none more so than Camley Street Natural Park. Squeezed between two of London’s busiest train stations and the Regent’s Canal, the former wasteland is a haven for urban wildlife.

The park includes ponds, marshes and reed beds and is home to a rich variety of birds, butterflies, amphibians and plant life. There’s plenty to explore, especially for children,
who will be kept busy trying to spot frogs, bats, kingfishers, moorhen and mallards, to name but a few.

The land on which the park sits has undergone quite a transformation, as it was once the site of a coal depot for King’s Cross station until it was demolished in the 1970s. It was then bought by the Greater London Council for use as a lorry park but a campaign by local residents and the London Wildlife Trust saved it from development.

The park was opened in 1985 following work to re-landscape the area and install a visitor centre. It hasn’t looked back and has been enjoyed by countless Londoners since as well as people from around the world.

The visitor centre hosts a number of activities for children including pond-dipping and nature-watching sessions. It also includes a café open on the weekends that serves vegetarian food.

The new viewing point alongside the canal is an especially lovely place to enjoy a snack or picnic. Relax there, or on one of the seats dotted around the park, and it’s hard to believe you are in one of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.

Camley Street Natural Park is open every day from 10 am to 5pm in the summer and 10am and 4pm in the winter. For more information, go to www.wildlondon.org.uk/reserves/camley-street-natural-park

August 26, 2017

Frank Harris’s Foodie Heaven

Our Frank Harris Long Lane team is fortunate enough to be located just a short stroll away from two world-renowned food markets, Whitecross Street Market on Whitecross Street, and Borough market on Stamford Street. Whitecross market is open weekdays, Monday – Friday, and spans the area between the Barbican and Old Street, attracting huge numbers of local workers in the locality, all in search of a slice of foodie heaven at lunchtime.

The market is home to stalls selling everything from wild game to the most colourful of freshly-squeezed juices; from delicious artisan breads to a mouth-watering variety of cheeses, there truly is something scrumptious on offer to cater for everybody’s tastes. Head over to Borough Market, which describes itself as being ‘a place where people come to connect, to share food and awaken their senses’ and foodie heaven continues for those looking for something delicious to tempt their taste buds. Borough is the place to go if you’re looking for the best of British and international food produce, as well as stalls selling beautiful fresh flowers; on any given day, you’ll be able to stroll around and taste a wide variety of delicious bite-sized samples being given out by the friendly and knowledgeable stallholders. The market is lively throughout the day but really comes alive when the local City workers spill into the area after work to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat in one of the area’s many pubs and eateries.

If all of this foodie talk has begun to whet your appetite and given you a taste for the area, why not walk off any gastronomic excesses and take a stroll to our nearby Frank Harris office at 87 Long Lane to discuss renting or buying locally. Our experienced team is extremely knowledgeable about the nuances of each particular area and would be delighted to answer your questions. In the meantime, take a look below to see the range of beautiful properties we are marketing at the moment:

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July 7, 2017

Fun in the Sun at Fortune Street Park on Saturday!

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If you’re looking for something fun to do in the summer sunshine this weekend, why not pop along to the Fortune Street Park Summer Funday, taking place from 12 noon until 5pm in this wonderful Park behind the Barbican. There’ll be plenty to do for young and old alike, including a mini petting farm, live music, storytelling, football tables, ball games and babies’ soft play. The weather looks promising for the day and there will be plenty of space to spread out a picnic blanket and make a day of it.

While you’re there, be sure to buy a raffle ticket to be in with a chance of winning a bottle of our very own Frank Harris champagne! For more information, you can email information@friendsfortunepark.com, visit their Fortune Street Park page on Facebook, or follow them on twitter @FortuneStPark and Instagram @FortuneStreetPark.

Frank Harris & Company is the leading agent for selling and letting properties in and around the Barbican and the Golden Lane Estate. We have many years of experience and we are genuinely passionate about this wonderful part of London. If you are considering buying or selling in this iconic part of London please do get in touch, we would be delighted to help.

July 5, 2017

Fearless in our pursuit of finding you the perfect property!

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Did you spot our Frank Harris posters in the latest episode of Fearless, ITV’s exciting drama featuring Helen McRory as a human rights lawyer, who finds herself caught up in some rather tricky situations?

The programme was filmed in West Smithfield, an area we at Frank Harris love and know well.

The images to the right show some rather worried looking faces from last night’s programme, but rest assured you will remain happy and calm throughout your experience of buying, selling, letting or renting with Frank Harris! Get in touch with one of our four central London branches today to find out how we can help with all of your property requirements.

June 12, 2017

For an agent you can trust, look for the ARLA Propertymark logo

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Are you somebody looking to rent a property? Perhaps you are a Landlord looking to let out your valuable asset? If so, then you will want to work with an agency with membership to ARLA Propertymark.

Renting or letting a property can seem like a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time and you are unsure of the process and all that it involves, so it’s vital you work with an agent you can trust. Large sums of money, as well as a fair amount of time and paperwork are involved. It’s important, therefore, that you feel you are in safe hands with somebody who can steer you through the maze of ongoing legislation and legalities surrounding the industry.

If you look at the Frank Harris & Co., window displays across our London network of branches you will see this sign displayed:

This differentiates us from other agents who are not members, because we are:

  • Backed by the Propertymark Client Money Protection scheme
  • Experienced and trained professionals required to undertake regular training
  • Kept up-to-date with complex legislative changes and best practice
  • Adhering to a nationally recognised Code of Practice
  • Submitting independently audited accounts to Propertymark annually
  • Members of an independent redress scheme
  • Fully compliant with Professional indemnity insurance

So, you can walk into our offices and be confident in the knowledge that we will guide and advise you in the most professional direction, which not only benefits you and the property, but also protects you and your money. Do get in touch to find out more, or to discuss your own property requirements, we would be delighted to help.

May 24, 2017

Brunch at Bala Baya in Borough

Webber Street, SE1

Our South Bank office has just been instructed to market a wonderful two double bedroom lateral apartment on Webber Street, SE1, which is located moments from Borough underground station. The property is set on the 5th floor of a portered development and provides a superb opportunity to purchase a home which would allow you to take in some of the most amazing views across the Capital from a balcony that extends to nearly the full length of the apartment. Views stretch across to the City, east to the Shard, and west to the London Eye.

After a busy working week, why not relax by walking to the Union Yard Arches to take in a play at the Union Theatre or enjoy a bite to eat at Bala Baya, which describes itself as beinga bakery in the morning, a fast paced pitta kiosk with a sit down mezzanine at lunch and a buzzy street level restaurant at night.’ For those looking for something altogether more energetic, why not start the weekend by booking a session at Flying Fantastic, an Aerial Fitness school on Union Street.

Do get in touch to find out more about the apartment or to arrange a viewing. We would be delighted to help.

May 17, 2017

All that jazz!

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Property for sale, Cloth Court

Our Frank Harris Long Lane office is excited to be marketing these two stunning one bedroom apartments in Cloth Court.

The beautifully designed properties are located within easy walking distance of a wide array of wonderful local amenities, superb transport links, places of historical interest, and, not least, the City. Barbican Arts Centre is just a five minute walk away, and the properties will also provide fabulous access to some of the best new cultural attractions currently being planned for the area, including the newly relocated Museum of London, and a forthcoming world-standard concert venue being built at the moment. For those looking to combine the best of City living with frequent travel abroad, the apartments provide access to every serving London airport.

Property for Sale, Cloth Court


The apartment also provides fantastic opportunities to enjoy some wonderful nightlife within the locality. Members of our Long Lane team recently enjoyed a fantastic evening at Oriole Bar, which plays host to a selection of jazz artists throughout the week…and on Sunday and Tuesday evenings the jazz is completely free of charge. The bar also offers a wide array of cocktails to sip as you sit and enjoy the music. With all this on your doorstep it’s highly doubtful, but if you ever felt the need to venture beyond the Square Mile then the upcoming Crossrail line, due to open in 2018, is just a few minutes’ walk from the apartments.

Both properties feature bespoke carpentry and contemporary design finishes throughout, making them ideal pied a terres for those wishing to purchase a base in the heart of the City. Do get in touch to find out more information and to arrange a viewing of these wonderful opportunities.



April 5, 2017

Easter theatre children’s egg-stravaganza

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What better way to enjoy an Easter family day out than a trip to the theatre? Southwark’s Union Theatre is putting on Honk! for a rare revival of the show that beat The Lion King and Mamma Mia to the 2000 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

In this re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, we follow Ugly on his journey across the marsh after being pushed out of the flock by the other farm animals. The promised “egg-stravaganza” includes puppetry, magic, illusions and, to the delight of the children in the audience, water guns.

Honk! Photo by Nick Rutter

Written by British duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, Honk! has been seen by more than six million people worldwide in over 8,000 productions. Other plays by the pair include Mary Poppins, Half a Sixpence and their soon to be released musical, Wind in the Willows.

For those of you that haven’t been there recently, the Union Theatre has moved to new premises. It outgrew its original venue in an old paper warehouse and is now in larger purpose-built space across the road. There’s also a new café and bar. Since its formation in 1998, the theatre has built a reputation as one of the top fringe venues in London for musicals, putting on both new productions and revivals.

In September last year, it launched the Union Youth Theatre for children aged 4 to 18. This gives members the chance to train with professional actors and directors, and rehearse and perform in the theatre. So, if your children get the theatre bug after seeing Honk! you know where to take them.

Honk! is on at the Union Theatre, Union Street, SE1 0LR from 29th March to 22nd April. Tickets are £22.50 for adults and £17.50 for children of 14 and under. Concessions are available. For more details and information about the Union Youth Theatre, go to www.uniontheatre.biz.

April 4, 2017

Afternoon tea in London’s hidden conservatory

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Afternoon Tea at the Barbican Conservatory (Photo by Tom Flynn)

We Brits don’t need much of an excuse for a cup of tea. Our annual intake is a staggering 60 billion cups, which works out to 900 cups a year for every man, woman and child.

It’s surprising then that though we have been drinking tea since the 1600s, the tradition of afternoon tea is a relatively new one. It was started by the Duchess of Bedford in 1840. To stave off her peckishness between lunch and dinner, she would have tea, bread and butter, and cake served to her in the afternoon. She soon started inviting her friends, and taking afternoon tea became a fashionable thing to do. Women would dress in long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon cuppa and sandwiches in drawing rooms across London.

These days, the capital is full of hotels and restaurants where you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. Few venues in London though offer as stunning a backdrop as the Barbican Conservatory.

Barbican Conservatory (photo by Lee Mawdsley)

London’s second largest conservatory is now serving afternoon tea on Sundays. The conservatory, perched on top of the Barbican Arts Centre, really is a hidden oasis. Opened in 1984, it houses more than 2,000 tropical plants and trees. It is also home to a variety of bird life, as well as ponds teeming with exotic fish and terrapins. And, it includes an arid house where you will find ‘Fred’, the largest saguaro (giant cactus) in Europe. It was donated to the Barbican by the mayor of Salt Lake City.

The Barbican also offers one-hour tours led by its resident gardeners. So, you can find out all about the flora and fauna before tucking into your dainty sandwiches, cake and, of course, favourite brew.

To find out about Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory and Barbican Conservatory Tours go to www.barbican.org.uk.

April 3, 2017

See the works of London’s future artists at Central Saint Martins

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CSM EGG by Anna Fox

King’s Cross’s Granary Square is a wonderful addition to London life. As well as offering some stunning bars and restaurants it is also home to Central Saint Martins, the world famous arts and design college.

Central Saint Martins was formed in 1989 when Saint Martin’s School of Art combined with the Central School of Art. Now housed in the award-winning Granary Building, it includes the Lethaby Gallery, which is open to the public. Named after the first principal of the Central School of Art, William Richard Lethaby, it showcases the creative talents of staff, students and former students.

One of the gallery’s highlights this year is the MA Fashion Show: Blink. The show features work by acclaimed British photographer Anna Fox who has documented the creation of the collections produced by final year students. Fox engaged with the students over a two-month period to reveal the process of fashion design from first fittings to the catwalk show at London Fashion Week in February.

In May and June, the gallery will open its doors to the Degree Shows 2017. This gives the public the chance to see some of the exciting work produced by the college’s graduating students. It ranges from painting, photography and installation in Show One to design and fashion in Show Two.

MA Fashion Exhibition: Blink is on at Central Saint Martins between 12 and 26 April. Degree Show One is on between 24 and 28 May and Degree Show Two between 21 and 25 June. 


Street Art Experience

More things to do in London!

If you really are stuck for things to do… Funzing describes itself as the “Airbnb for creative experiences”. It’s a website where you will find an endless supply of interesting events across London. It is also a platform for anyone with a special skill or hobby to share their expertise with fellow Londoners (and earn a bit of cash in the process).

Events range from learning to make hummus to an introduction to trapeze skills, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Two local events we’ve picked out are Make Your Own 100% Natural Beauty Products and Street Art Experience!

There are hundreds of others to choose from and we defy you not to find something that piques your interest.


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