Let Us Entertain You!
Members of staff from our Frank Harris Long Lane office were delighted to see Robbie Williams and Olly Murs filming at the Barbican earlier on today.
Our Head of Property Management, Wendy Akast, managed to grab an autograph (and kiss) from both Robbie and Olly…Robbie and Olly’s autographs….and confirms that she won’t wash her cheek ever again!
We wish Robbie and Olly good luck with the filming schedule and applaud them on their excellent choice of venue!
Courtesy of Rex photography
Summer in The Barbican
There is a great programme of events taking place in and around The Barbican this summer.
From folk artists to circus performers and from dance to art installations, there should be something to suit everyone’s taste.
Many of the events will take place within the Barbican Centre itself but many of them will spread around the surrounding area.
For more information, check out the Beyond Barbican website - www.barbican.org.uk/beyond
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!
What exactly IS a barbican
Many of you will no doubt be familiar with the part of the City of London known as The Barbican, with its arts centre and listed housing development there. But how many of you know exactly what a barbican is?
It actually comes from the Latin word barbecana which translated as the “outer fortification of a city or castle”. Seeing that the current Barbican estate straddles the old Aldersgate and Cripplegate areas of the city which were more or less obliterated during the Second World War, it’s not hard to see the link.
Nowadays the area best espouses the crossover between the old City of London and the modern metropolis we live in today. Why not drop by the area either by Tube via Barbican or Farringdon stations or by foot.
And if you want to find out more, why not pop into our City office in Long Lane, just round the corner from Barbican Tube. Or check out the local guide to the Barbican on our website (click here).
The Barbican estate
What’s on at the Barbican this Autumn?
At the heart of the Barbican is one of London, and indeed Europe’s, most thriving and diverse arts centre.
The Barbican Centre is celebrating its 30th birthday following its opening by the Queen in March 1982.
This multi-arts concert, gallery and conference venue hosts a wide range of events throughout the year and is very easily accessible from the nearby Tube station.
As you might imagine, there are also an excellent range of bars and restaurants nearby while trendy Farringdon is only a few minutes walk away.
To find out more, visit the Barbican website on www.barbican.org.uk
Enjoying the sun in one of the City of London’s 200 open spaces
Writes Tina Evans of City estate agents Frank Harris and Company:
“With the rare sighting of sun this week, why not try one of the 200 open spaces in the City of London. A great example is Rotunda Garden, West Smithfield EC1, with sculptural tributes to literature inspired by the area, such as Dickens’ rich description of nearby Smithfield market in “Oliver Twist”.
“This beautiful circular space has benches to rest on, pretty patterned flowerbeds (it was voted Best Small Park in the London in Bloom awards) and, around its edge, children’s play equipment including a spinning cup and springy platforms.
“Just to the east is the garden and churchyard of St Bartholomew the Great, Cloth Fair EC1. Pop into the 15th Century cloister for a refuel in the café-bar, which hosts Jazz in the Cloister on the second Friday of the month.”
For more details, click here.
Latest property news from the Barbican
The latest newsletter from Frank Harris and Company’s Barbican office is now out. It features a range of property related and non property specific stories from the Barbican, City & Clerkenwell areas of London.
These include market comment, horticultural tips, a piece about bringing up children in the Barbican and an article about installing double glazing.
To order your copy, contact Tina Evans in the Long Lane office on 020 7600 7000.
Latest news from The Barbican and surrounding areas
Spacious one bed apartment for sale in Barbican
Following on from lettings negotiator Robert Sayers’ blog yesterday, estate agents Frank Harris and Company have a spacious one-bed apartment for sale close to the Piccolo Deli in Goswell Road.
The property is on the fifth floor of Seddon House in London’s Barbican. The spacious apartment has great views of the gardens from both the reception areas and bedroom and is available furnished.
Weekly rent is £450. Click here for more details or contact Robert on 020 7600 7000.
Apartment to rent in Seddon House, Barbican
Three bed apartment with incredible views over London for sale in Cromwell Tower, Barbican
Writes Tina Evans from Barbican estate agents Frank Harris and Company:
“Recently I visited the new restaurant on the top floor of One New Change . The Madison features fabulous views west towards the London Eye and beyond from the bar area.
“If these views bowl you over and you want to have the exact same vista from your lounge, we have a fabulous 21st floor flat for sale in the Barbican. The breathtaking views from this 21st floor, three bedroom apartment in Cromwell Tower, include many notable central London landmarks such as the Gherkin, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament.
“One of the most sought-after aspects of this Barbican tower is that the balcony terrace faces south. At the same time, the majority of the apartment’s full-height windows face westwards, meaning the owner of the property can enjoy direct sunlight for the vast majority of the day. Internally the kitchen, bathroom and shower room have all been updated and there is a separate snug room allowing for more casual comfort away from the main living and dining room.”
The Guide Price is £1,100,000. For further information on this amazing property, click here or call Tina on 020 7600 7000.
Property for sale in the Cromwell Tower, Barbican
Two bed flat for sale in Wesley House, Little Britain EC1A
One of the largest parks within the City of London and just a short walk away from St. Paul’s Cathedral, is Postman’s Park. Recognisable to many who have yet to visit it from scenes in the 2004 film: Closer; starring Jude Law, Clive Owen and Natalie Portman.
Opened in 1880, it is the site of the former churchyard and burial ground of St Botolph’s Aldersgate church and expanded over the next 20 years to incorporate the adjacent burial grounds of Christ Church Greyfriars and St Leonard, Foster Lane. The park’s name reflects its popularity amongst workers from the nearby GPO’s headquarters.
In 1900, the park became the location for George Frederic Watts‘s Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice, a memorial to ordinary people who died saving the lives of others and might otherwise have been forgotten, in the form of a loggia and long wall housing ceramic memorial tablets. In 1972, key elements of the park, including the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice, were Grade II listed to preserve their character.
Currently for sale in the adjacent street, Little Britain, is a two bedroom first floor apartment in Wesley House. Part of a sensitive, early 1990s, residential redevelopment of the street by developer St. George, Wesley House’s Grade II listed, historical frontage was preserved along with those of a number of other buildings in the street, dating back to the early 19th Century.
Click here for details or give Barbican, City & Clerkenwell estate agents Frank Harris and Company a call on 020 7600 7000 if you want to find out more.
Blitz party at the Barbican
Writes Kris Deichler, Assistant Manager at Barbican, City of London and Clerkenwell estate agents Frank Harris and Company:
Living in the City there are always many interesting and different things to do and get involved with. It’s one of the reasons that I wouldn’t consider living anywhere else and the convenience of being in the Barbican means that most of what I want to do is a short journey away.
One event that is coming up shortly in nearby Shoreditch, is a little more out of the ordinary, which fans of fancy dress and times gone by would really enjoy. The Blitz Party is a 1940s themed event set in an “underground bunker” (some East End railway arches) filled with memorabilia and artefacts of the time period, to add to the atmosphere.
Expect sandbags, blackout curtains, hair nets and uniforms alongside some big band tunes and live music. The next event on the 3rd September has already sold out, but keep an eye on the website for details of the next one.
One of the few residential buildings in or close to the City to have survived the Blitz is the famous art deco style Florin Court in Charterhouse Square, or the “Poirot building” as many refer to it, which was built in 1936. Today it houses 125 residential flats, a daytime porter, communal roof terrace, gym, Jacuzzi and swimming pool.
If you are interested in finding out more about buying a flat in the building, give our City office a call on 020 7600 7000.
Four leasehold flats for sale in Old Street, EC1
Barbican, City and Clerkenwell estate agents Frank Harris and Company have four leasehold flats available for sale in Old Street, EC1.
They are one of a limited number of newly developed residential flats in a period buildingoverlooking St. Luke’s church and gardens. Old Street underground station and a Waitrose supermarket are within easy walking distance. All the properties include wood floors, high ceilings, views of church gardens, Crittall windows, fitted cupboards plus newly fitted, open plan, white gloss kitchens with stone composite worktops and integrated modern appliances.
Flat One - attractive and spacious studio flat situated on the first floor. Guide price of £300,000.
Flat Two - spacious studio flat situated on the second floor with a large south-facing decked terrace. Guide price of £350,000.
Flat Three - bright, two bedroom, two bathroom, penthouse flat arranged over the third and fourth floors with a south-facing,decked terrace area. Guide price of £550,000.
Flat Four – situated at the rear of the building on the second floor, it is without an enclosed bedroom and is currently demised as a studio. An enclosed and decked open air patio area is central to the flat, dividing the bed area from the main reception. Guide price of £380,000.
For more information on these properties call Tina Evans in Frank Harris and Company’s Long Lane office on 020 7600 7000 or click here for more details on these properties.
Living the high life in The City
Writes Tina Evans from Frank Harris and Company’s Long Lane office:
“Another addition to the growing number of bars and restaurants in the City opened last week. Searcys Champagne Bar in One New Change is a fantastic place to socialise and at a recent event we had the choice of over 30 varieties of champagne by the glass.
“This shopping centre opened at the end of 2010 and gives City residents another option at the weekend rather than travelling to the West End.”
For more information on property in the City, Barbican and Clerkenwell areas, please call 020 7600 7000 or click here.
One bedroom flat to rent Norfolk House,Trig Lane EC4V
Frank Harris and Company’s Long Lane office is marketing a flat for rental in Norfolk House, Trig Lane EC4V 3QQ. The property is notable because it has south-facing river views – making it one of the very select few in the City that directly overlooking the river.
All the rooms in the flat, plus a big balcony have awesome views over the river. Principal sights include: Tate Modern, Globe Theatre, Millennium Bridge, Southwark Bridge and the “Shard” (under construction). As well as being a rarely seen property, the location is quite interesting too – with history both ancient and modern, situated as it is between Queenhithe and the Millennium Bridge.
Says Ian Swale from Frank Harris and Company’s Barbican, City and Clerkenwell office: “Queenhithe used to be a Saxon (and probably Roman) dock just upstream from Southwark bridge. Possibly the location of where the Romans first established themselves in London. When the tide is out there is quite a substantial bit of beach. While the sand may not be exactly sunbathing quality, beachcombing could result in the uncovering of an ancient artefact or two!”
The property is being marketing at £495 per week. For more details click here or call 020 7600 7000.
Norfolk House, Trig Lane
Norfolk House, Trig Lane
Norfolk House, Trig Lane
Night of electrifying performances at Museum of London, Barbican
The Museum of London, Barbican, is hosting a free night of electrifying performances, visuals and hands-on activities on Friday March 11, 6.30- 9.00pm.
To launch the Museum of London’s Plug-In festival, a series of events created by and for young people, the newly refurbished Sackler Hall and Galleries of Modern London will be open late.
This is just one of the many events taking place this year in the Barbican. And if you want to find out more, whether it be about buying or renting properties in the area or the best restaurants and bars, drop into our Long Lane office or call us on 020 7600 7000.
Valentine’s in the Barbican
For those of you living in the Barbican, wishing to find somewhere romantic to go for a Valentine’s meal, you may like to try out the Alba Restaurant in Whitecross Street.
And if anyone would like to surprise their loved one with a really special gift, why not go to one of the jewellers in nearby Hatton Garden.
Of course, if it is property you are after, you’re always welcome to pop into our Long Lane office - with or without a dozen red roses!
The Valentine's menu at the Alba Restaurant, Whitecross Street
Frank Harris and Company looks forward to a strong residential market in The City for 2011
Tina Evans from Frank Harris and Company’s Barbican, City and Clerkenwell office, writes: “We had an incredibly busy year for property sales in the City of London during 2010, with both demand and prices remaining strong.
“Our prediction for 2011 is that this will continue, thanks in no small part to the ongoing construction of the Crossrail project which will transform the Clerkenwell and Farringdon area.
“Once open, Farringdon will be the only station from which passengers will be able to access Crossrail, Thameslink and London Underground trains. Approximately 140 trains will be passing through Farringdon station per hour with 140,000 passengers using this busy interchange every day.”
If you would like to find out more about this exciting project and how it may affect property prices in the area, then feel free to contact Tina on 020 7600 7000 or click here.
The new Farringdon Crossrail station
Studio apartment for sale, 6-9 Charterhouse Square, EC1M 6ET
Tina Evans from Frank Harris and Co’s Long Lane office writes: “We recently ate lunch at Le Café Du Marche, a little gem of a French restaurant serving traditional French food since 1986, tucked away on Charterhouse Square, London EC1.
“I would highly recommend a visit and if you do decide to go there for a meal, you may be interested to know that we have a flat for sale just yards from the restaurant at 6-9 Charterhouse Square.”
This studio apartment is quietly located at the rear of this highly sought-after 1930s Art Deco building. Internally, the flat benefits from an attractive and contemporary style kitchen with glass worktops and light cream coloured, gloss units. Communal amenities within the building include:
- large roof terrace
- basement swimming pool
- laundry facilities
- daytime porter.
Both Barbican Underground Station and the many cafés, restaurants and bars of Clerkenwell are just moments away. Asking price is £250,000, subject to contract
For more information click here or call 020 7600 0000.
New Jamie Oliver restaurant in the City – great for residents and tourists alike
Tina Evans, from the Frank Harris and Co office in Long Lane , writes:
“I have recently been lucky enough to eat at the new Jamie Oliver restaurant Barbecoa, which is within One New Change, the new shopping centre in Cheapside.
“Our table had views directly onto St Paul’s Cathedral, the food was superbly cooked on the grill and we were looked after by the lovely Holly who could not have been more helpful.
“Finally we and the other 9,000 or so residents living in the City have places to go at the weekend!”
The opening of One New Change is representative of the changes taking place in the City. If you would like expert advice on the area and the types of property available, then do contact us at our Barbican, City & Clerkenwell office and we’ll be happy to help. Or if you wish to find out more about this part of London, then click here.
New beginnings at Frank Harris and Co’s Bloomsbury Lettings department
Frank Harris and Co is delighted to announce the promotion of Neil Dawson, who becomes Manager of the Bloomsbury Lettings team from next Monday, 15th November.
Neil has been with Frank Harris since April 2004 working alongside Ian Swale in the very successful lettings department in our flagship Barbican office where he was Assistant Manager.
He arrives in Bloomsbury with a wealth of lettings experience and enthusiasm to boot and we are sure will prove to be a valuable addition to the branch.
Of course these new beginnings also mark the end of an era for the Bloomsbury Lettings team as Nikki Cottrell, who joined Frank Harris in 2005 and has lead the team with great success for the past five year prepares for her departure this Friday.
Nikki leaves us to embark on a new career path with Broadway, a London based charity for the homeless and we wish her the very best for the future. She will be greatly missed by clients and colleagues alike.
Neil Dawson, the new Bloomsbury Lettings Manager