Charity begins on the South Bank
Here on London’s South Bank there are plenty of amenities and attractions for the thousands of visitors who come to the area every year.
But the SE1 postcode is also a popular residential part of the Capital with many new developments rubbing shoulders with some of the Victorian housing stock.
However, we would like to draw attention to a charity operating here. Beanstalk, which has an office in Great Guildford Street, works to safeguard the welfare of children and young people. Visit their website here for more information.
Clerkenwell Design Week 2013 almost upon us
Next week sees the start of Clerkenwell Design Week, one of the UK’s leading design festivals, which takes place in and around London EC1.
Lasting three days from 21st until 23rd May, this event saw 30,000 attendees in 2012 and is set to be even better attended this year.
Clerkenwell is known as being a creative and design mecca in London and this is still very much in evidence despite the huge changes taking place in the area.
For more information on the festival, visit their website at www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com
Fancy living close to the Golden Hinde on London’s South Bank?
South Bank estate agents Frank Harris and Company have a two bedroom warehouse apartment available for rent close to the Golden Hinde, right in the heart of buzzing SE1.
The property, which comes furnished or unfurnished, is situated on Clink Wharf, so called because of its proximity to the historic Clink Prison.
Hundreds of years ago, this part of the Thames was a hive of activity with all sorts of people working, peddling and living in the area. So it’s no surprise that a lock-up for ne’re-do-wells should be built there.
Fast forward to the 21st Century and this part of the South Bank is now a sought-after part of the Capital with easy access to both the City and the West End.
The apartment is available at a weekly rental of £1,495. For further information and viewings, contact the Stamford Street office on 020 7620 3400.
Apartment to rent, Clink Wharf, London SE1
‘Fired’ up about property in Holborn
Writes Andrew Sorene from Central London estate agents Frank Harris and Company:
“So The Apprentice has kicked off again this week and for the second time the candidates are all shown to be living in London WC1.
“A few years ago they were all housed on a property on Bedford Square, this time they are believed to be staying in “Holborn” with the property used being 6 Lincolns Inn Fields which was most recently on the market in June 2011 for a princely sum of £7.95m.
“However for those with more modest budgets but still requiring spacious family sized accommodation why not check out a lovely apartment in an Edwardian mansion block we have for sale just around the corner on Southampton Row.
“On the market at £1.3m the flat offers 1/2 Receptions, 3/4 Bedrooms, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Bathroom and Shower Room. It is also above our newly refurbished office there!”
Call our Bloomsbury office on 020 7387 0077 or click here for more details.
Apartment for sale in Holborn
Spring clean for Bloomsbury estate agent
With spring well and truly here – at last – Bloomsbury estate agents Frank Harris and Company are having their Marchmont Street office spruced up.
All signage has been removed leaving the lettering in a somewhat jumbled arrangement. Prizes for anagrams?
Enjoy the Spring Bank Holiday!
Exclusive apartment for sale close to London’s South Bank
Central London estate agents Frank Harris and Company have an exclusive apartment for sale, adjacent to the Tate Modern and all the amenities of London’s South Bank.
The three en suite bedroom property on the 14th floor of the award-winning, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners designed Neo Building, has amazing views over the Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral as well as the London skyline.
The apartment also comes complete with a dressing room to the master bedroom, a winter garden, 24-hour concierge plus secure parking.
The Neo Building is situated on Holland Street, right at the heart of the South Bank with easy access to the City via the Millennium Bridge.
The property is on the market at £5,750,000. To arrange a viewing, contact the Stamford Street office on 020 7620 3400.
Boost for Charterhouse Square
We at Frank Harris and Company were very pleased to hear this week that a Heritage Lottery Grant has been given to Charterhouse, the former Carthusian monastery which has a history stretching back to the 14th Century.
The ‘Revealing the Charterhouse’ project, will see key parts of the historic site opened to visitors and schoolchildren for the first time in its 650 year history.
Charterhouse Square, the site of a recently unearthed medieval plague pit, will be redesigned and the new facility is due to open in 2015.
Charterhouse Square, London
Prestigious property for sale on London’s South Bank
London’s South Bank has seen a dramatic transformation over the past 20 years and is now one of the most vibrant and trendy places in the Capital to live.
All along The Thames, there are now a host of attractions, bars and restaurants while there has been superb landscaping of the river frontage, thanks to last year’s Olympics.
Central London estate agents Frank Harris and Company have a fabulous apartment for sale in the area. The two bedroom, two bathroom property also comes with a 24-hour concierge, on-site gymnasium, swimming pool and sauna together with a secure and very convenient underground parking space.
It is on the market at £1.25 million. For further information, click here or contact the South Bank & Waterloo office on 020 7620 3400.
Property for sale in Belvedere Road, London
The Crossrail effect!
According to this week’s Evening Standard, Crossrail is already having an effect on property prices in the areas in which the new railway will call at.
The new railway will go from Maidenhead in the West, through Central London and to Ilford and Woolwich in the East.
One of the key new stations is Farringdon, which has already helped to boost interest in the area. There is a brand new station to complement the old listed building.
If you are interested in learning more about how Crossrail will affect the Farringdon, Clerkenwell and Barbican property markets, do give our Long Lane office a call on 020 7600 7000.
Celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday at The Globe
This Sunday (21st April) sees an afternoon of events to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday at The Globe.
The world famous theatre on London’s South Bank will be hosting games and magical mayhem, all of which are inspired by Shakespeare’s greatest magician Prospero.
Running from 12 noon until 5pm, this should ensure fun for all the family. Click here for full details.
Birthday party for Shakespeare at The Globe
Trio of properties for sale in Bloomsbury
Bloomsbury estate agents Frank Harris and Company have a trio of properties newly available to the market. Ranging in price from £395,000 to £1,3 million, they are an excellent reflection of the housing stock in this part of London.
At the lower end of the market, we have a one bedroom flat set on the top floor of a block between King’s Cross and Russell Square in Thanet Street which would make an excellent pied-a-terre or rental investment. Click for details.
Further up the property ladder, we have a two bedroom two bathroom apartment for sale on Burton Street, complete with its own inner terrace. It is on the market at £899,950. Full information here.
And at the top end is a grand 3/4 bedroom flat on Southampton Row, close to the Brunswick Centre, Russell Square Tube plus with easy access to all the delights of Central London. Particulars are available on the site on this page.
Contact the Marchmont Street office on 020 7387 0077 to arrange viewings.
One bed flat for sale Thanet Street
Apartment for sale Southampton Row, Holborn
Property for sale Burton Street, Bloomsbury
New mysterious shape observed on London’s South Bank
For months, pedestrians crossing Waterloo Bridge or strolling along the river have watched a mysterious structure take shape.
The Shed, a bright red wooden box with four ventilation towers, has been built in Theatre Square to give the National Theatre a third performance space whilst the Lytellton is shut for refurbishment.
Designed by Haworth Tompkins, the 225-seater theatre will host a programme of new works during its 11-month stay on the South Bank.
The first production, Tanya Ronder’s Table, is directed by Rufus Norris and opens on Tuesday 9 April.
For more information, visit their website www.theshedtheatre.co.uk
The National Theatre's 'Shed'!
Nightlife in the City
Enjoyed the Easter break and are dreaming of this interminable winter coming to an end, then visitors to the City may be interested in visiting the bar on the 38th floor of the Heron tower. This has an outside terrace for those long yearned-for summer evenings. Check out their website www.sushisamba.com for more details.
Talking of bars, there is another one in the area, Puntoit, which also doubles up as a furniture store. Frank Harris and Company Group Director Tina Evans, says of her recent visit: “I got to sit on a chair in the bar which was made of one piece of rope, and sells for £4,000 – not something you see every day!” Situated on Rosebery Avenue, their web address is www.puntoit.co.uk
Puntoit, Rosebery Avenue
Flat for sale close to Waterloo and London Eye
With all the recent furore about Boris Johnson being interrogated on TV and the recent documentary about his rise to prominence, many of us will no doubt remember his equally colourful predecessor as Mayor of London, one Ken Livingstone.
For much of the 1980s, he served as a thorn in Margaret Thatcher’s side, operating just over the Thames from parliament in the old Greater London Council (GLC) building by The London Eye.
Central London estate agents Frank Harris and Company have a one-bed, split level, open plan flat for sale in this building.
Located just a short walk from Waterloo station, the building benefits from secure car parking, on-site swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna and 24hr porterage. The apartment is on the market for £515,000. Click here for full details or contact the South Bank & Waterloo office on 020 7620 3400.
Flat for sale in the former GLC building on Belvedere Road
Rare property to let in the City of London
Central London estate agents Frank Harris and Company have a three bed townhouse available to rent in the heart of the City of London.
The property, directly opposite the historic church of St Bartholomew the Great in Cloth Fair, is set over three floors featuring a spacious L-shaped reception room with particularly high ceilings.
The house also comes with a garage which could fit a small car or be used for storage space.
Weekly rental is £695. For full details click here or contact the Barbican office on 020 7600 7000.
House to rent in Cloth Fair
Check out the London Ear Festival!
Hot on the heels of the Chocolate Festival being held on the South Bank, we have heard about another event taking place in the area.
The London Ear Festival, running until Sunday (24th) is being held at a number of venues including two in Waterloo.
This is devoted to celebrating new contemporary classical music with recent instrumental, vocal and electronic music highlighting music from Britain, Austria, Germany, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland.
For more details, check out their website - www.londonearfestival.co.uk
Buyer ‘views’ Barbican property via Skype from Italy
Modern technology can be a great thing. One of our purchasers recently ‘viewed’ a property we had for sale in the Barbican via Skype from his holiday in Italy.
Writes Alex Childs: “The buyer was on holiday so couldn’t return in time for the appointment. However, he already owns in the Barbican and recently missed out on a similar flat so he knew floor plan and what to expect.”
If you are looking to buy property in the Barbican or City of London, whether you live abroad or not, we will be happy to talk to you. Just contact us on 020 7600 7000.
One of our buyers 'viewed' this property via Skype!
Final week of London Post-War Art Scene Exhibition in Borough
There is just over a week left to catch the great London Post-War Art Scene exhibition at the Borough Road Gallery.
For those people interested in David Bomberg and the Borough Group, this is a must-see.
The gallery is situated at 103 Borough Road, London, SE1 0AA and the exhibition runs until Saturday 23th March.
For more details, visit the Gallery website here - www.lsbu.ac.uk/w2/boroughroadgallery/exhibitions/
Photo: Courtesy of the London South Bank University Archives Centre
British Museum nation’s top tourist attraction for sixth year running
For the sixth year in a row, the British Museum has been Britain’s top tourist attraction with 5.58 million visitors passing through its doors in 2012.
The museum has been in Bloomsbury since 1759 and is arguably one of the area’s most famous landmarks. It draws not only tourists but also local people who want to see its incredible collection of artifacts.
If you want to find out more about what this august institution has to offer, visit their website - www.britishmuseum.org
And if you’re interested in Bloomsbury as an area and the types of properties for sale or let, our Marchmont Street office is just a short walk away from the British Museum.
The British Museum
Celebrating 75 years of HMS Belfast
Many visitors to London’s South Bank cannot help but notice the enormous battle cruiser moored in the Thames. HMS Belfast, which is moored a short walk away from London Bridge Station, was launched 75 years ago this Saturday in March 1938.
Since 1971 she has been a museum and became part of the Imperial War Museum in 1978. Refurbished in 2012, she is one of the Capital’s most famous and favourite visitor attractions.
This coming Saturday (17th March), visitors will be able to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the launch as well as having the chance to meet some of the veterans who served in her.
For more information check out the HMS Belfast website here.