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 to find out more.

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, 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.

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

September 5, 2016

‘A Word From’ Tina Evans, Group Director


Tina Evans (2)

Tina Evans, Group Director

Tina Evans, Group Director, Barbican, City and Clerkenwell

What is great about living in the City of London?

It is exclusive and will remain that way as the planning rules mean there will only ever be a limited number of residential properties within the City. Crime numbers are low and transport links are excellent.

Tell us about something coming up that will make it even more attractive?

Crossrail opening in Farringdon in 2018 will improve transport links further and provide super-fast access across the whole of London. Also, the new Museum of London in the old market at Smithfield will give us a world-class museum on our doorstep. The aim is for the museum to be opened by 2022 and although that is some time away it should be spectacular once it is completed.

Tell us about some of your favourite hidden gems.


The Barber Surgeons’ Garden

The City of London is dotted with beautiful green spaces. One of these is The Barber Surgeons’ Garden within the remains of London’s Roman Wall. It was opened in 1987 on what was once a derelict bombsite, although there have been gardens on the site since 1555.

The present garden was planted by the Worshipful Company of Barber Surgeons with the aim of showing how plants have been used since the earliest days of medicine. It contains around 45 species of plants and herbs that were once grown to treat wounds, burns and bruises.

Another is the Roman Amphitheatre in the Guildhall. It was built around 43AD and more than 7,000 people would sit and watch animal fights and the execution of criminals. The remains were only discovered in 1985 during the redevelopment of the Guildhall Art Gallery.

August 19, 2016

The BFG Dream Jar Trail

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Geraldine’s Dream Jar

Have you noticed the magical Dream Jars located around London?  The Dream Jars are featured to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday and the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) movie released in July.

Our favourite one is Geraldine’s Dream Jar located in the Barbican close to our Long Lane Office.  This Dream Jar features one of her sketches coming to life, flying upwards before being immortalised in a beautiful painting, a symbol of the liberty enabled by her art.

There are fifty BFG Dream Jars located around the UK, mainly in London, but they can also be found in Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and Cheshire.  Which one is your favourite?

For more information about the ‘Dream Jar’ trail click here

July 28, 2016

Brutalist Barbican

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The Gardens

The Gardens

As I am the newest member of the City office – and a Barbican novice – I took part in an Architectural Tour hosted by The Barbican Centre recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have a lot to learn in order to catch up with my peers as the level of knowledge circulating our office has been accumulated and passed down for the last 40 years. Spending most working days visiting various blocks in the Barbican you cannot help but be drawn in by the history and you discover more each time you visit. I think of it as a brutalist congregation of residential terraces and tower blocks, forming a unique community within The City of London’s Roman walls.

As a result of significant damage from WWII The Barbican was conceived as an idea to bring residents back to the

The Architecture

The Architecture

city and establish a permanent community. In 1951 The City of London launched a competition to find the best design for a housing development of this nature. Chamberlin, Powell and Bon each separately put their designs forward and agreed if any of them won the competition they would all work on the project together. Following the completion of The Golden Lane Estate they won the commission to design the Barbican development, and work began on the residential complex in 1963.

 The concept of the podium level was to create a quiet pedestrian space uninterrupted by road traffic (believed to be the first example of its kind). The podium gives you a sense of security and a resident-only key allows access to the buildings and gardens. In the original design it was intended for the Barbican to be covered in white marble tiles, which they later decided would be too costly.

Barbican 1

Frobisher Crescent

The three towers, triangular in shape, Shakespeare, Cromwell and Lauderdale, were the tallest residential towers in Europe at the time they were built. The towers are a dramatic contrast to the otherwise horizontal buildings, and have become an iconic part of The City of London skyline with the floor to ceiling windows allowing residents to enjoy changing perspectives. 


All three are identical, but positioned so they are seen from different angles.  The

The Lakes

The Lakes

engineered repetitive design with sharp jutting angles is classically brutalist.


Looks can be deceiving…the lakes are actually only half a metre deep and the water is coloured green to cover the pipework running through it. There really is no place like the Barbican.


Points of interest: It is full of quirks and eccentricities. For example, its deepest point is 73ft below street level and has the second largest conservatory in London. 

St. Giles

St. Giles

After the war, St Giles was the only building surrounded by huge areas of bombsite.  Although many of its treasures had been lost in the Blitz, they restored the church with furnishings from St Luke’s Church, Old Street; here, some of the old tombstones from St Giles’s churchyard have been set into the walls of one of the Barbican’s lakes.


Nicola Kermarrec, Sales Negotiator, Frank Harris & Co., Barbican 020 7600 7000




May 8, 2016

London’s Garden Squares open their gates

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Nomura International PLC roof garden © Diana Jarvis

Nomura International PLC roof garden © Diana Jarvis

More than 200 London gardens will be opened to the public at this year’s Open Garden Squares Weekend.

Highlights this year include:

  • Museum of the Order of St John, EC1V. The Cloister Garden was re-landscaped as part of redevelopment of the museum in 2010 and includes medicinal plants and herbs. There will be the chance to make a medieval soap ball using some of the herbs that would have been used by the Knights Hospitaller to treat their patients. The London Tea Party Company will be running a pop-up café and there will also be plants for sale and a children’s trail.
  • SOAS Japanese-Inspired Roof Garden. The School of Oriental and African Studies has a small, modern Japanese-style roof garden that features a karesansui (dry landscape) with rocks, a chequerboard planting of lemon thyme alternating with grey pebbles, an engraved water basin and a raised platform for performances. The theme of the garden is ‘forgiveness’ and it is a space for quiet contemplation and meditation.
  • Beech Gardens – The Barbican Estate, EC2Y. One of the City’s newest gardens, it was designed by Professor Nigel Dunnett, best known for his work at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It includes 22,000 herbaceous plants, selected to provide colour and interest throughout the flowering season and fourteen multi-stemmed trees, planted to provide structure, height and interest to the garden.

    © Canary Wharf Group PLC

    © Canary Wharf Group PLC

  • Red Cross Garden, Redcross Way, SE1 1HA. This delightful little garden was originally laid out in 1887 on the site of a derelict paper factory by Octavia Hill, the Victorian philanthropist and co-founder of the National Trust as ‘an open-air sitting-room’ for the people of Southwark. In its heyday it was the scene of the annual Southwark flower show as well as concerts and fêtes. It is now run as a community garden and has won numerous awards.

Several gardens will be holding special events, with 27 gardens hosting poets in residence composing new work. There are also free group cycle rides taking in gardens throughout London, including Bloomsbury and the City of London.

Open Garden Squares Weekend is on 18 and 19 June across London. More information can be found at

November 18, 2015

Show apartment for Barbican’s Blake Tower available to view from Thurs 19 November

202_2_Bed_Living_08The opening of the Blake Tower show apartment marks the launch of the next phase of the sale of Redrow Homes’ collection of 74 sleek new Barbican apartments. The development comprises studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses in the Grade II listed tower designed by Barbican architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon.

The building shares the Barbican’s iconic lines and concrete finish and Conran and Partners have integrated these features into the new living spaces. The interiors celebrate and refine the building’s 217_2Bed_Kitchen_Cameoheritage while at the same time reimagining the Barbican for today’s discerning Londoner.

Residents of Blake Tower will benefit from full access to the extensive residents’ amenities of the Barbican, including dedicated daytime concierge and allocated underground parking (by separate agreement).

Features of the Blake Tower development:

  • New 150 year leases
  • A 10 year building warranty
  • Close to Farringdon Station, a key Crossrail hub when it opens in 2018.

Blake Tower is due to be completed in Q1 2017.

214_Bathroom_CameoThe show apartment and marketing suite for Barbican’s Blake Tower development by Redrow Homes opens on Thursday 19 November. 

For more information about Blake Tower or if you would like to visit the show apartment, please contact us on 020 7600 7000.

November 13, 2015

Still room for growth in London new homes market

Zoe Mercer ColourAs 2015 draws to a close, we spoke to Zoe Mercer, Frank Harris & Co. and Jackson-Stops & Staff’s Associate Director, Residential Development about the current new homes market and what to expect in 2016

Q: What trends are you noticing in the new homes market at the moment?

ZM: The biggest demand over the past couple of years has been for one bedroom flats of around 570sq.ft. This appeals to the biggest demographic for rental – singles or couples, even sharers. These have been particularly popular with overseas buyers.

In recent weeks we’ve noticed a slight change in the buyer demographic. We’ve sold a number of new homes, including penthouses, to older couples buying in London for the weekends – a kind of reverse Pied a Terre. You would think penthouses would be bought by people working in the City but it’s been couples of 60 plus, the so-called ‘grey pound’. These buyers have cash funds, or enough collateral to raise a loan and want to leave a legacy for their children.

Q:  Do you still think there is room for rental and capital growth in London?

ZM: Absolutely. Yields in London tend to be lower than outside the capital but capital growth is consistently higher. Many buyers are focusing more on long-term capital growth and the opportunities are still there. For example, in SE1 (Waterloo and the South Bank) prices are still only £1,000 per square foot compared to £1,500 plus in other parts of the capital. It’s only a 10-minute walk across Blackfriars Bridge to the City so that represents fantastic value.

Q: Which areas would you advise buyers to look out for?

ZM: Elephant & Castle is the last area in Zone 1 that is ripe for incredible capital growth. The area is undergoing a £3b regeneration in a partnership between developer Lend Lease and Southwark Council. There are plans for around 3,000 new homes, new shops, restaurants and schools, and improved transport links. It’s a great location only around a mile from Westminster and a hop over the bridge into the City so it’s got everything going for it. Prices were around £500 to £600 per square foot and are now hitting £1,000 per square foot but there’s still plenty of room for growth.


Embassy Works, SW8 is an example of a niche development with an interesting history

ZM: Definitely. Blake Tower, the new Barbican development, is a good example. The developer Redrow is using a well-known interior designer, Conran and Partners, to do the interiors. They’re giving the apartments a level of style and detail that goes far beyond what we used to see in new developments. For example, all the kitchen joinery is bespoke and has the feel of quality furniture. The kitchen has terazzo work surfaces and splashbacks and the bathroom vanity basins are hand-finished with integrated brass handles. People expect that level of quality and craftsmanship nowadays.

Q: What are your expectations for 2016?

ZM: We have a number of new developments coming through, some of them more boutique schemes rather than big towers. We find that many owner-occupiers are looking for something a bit more niche. For example, we’ve got a development coming on the market in the Strand that has amazing views over the Law Courts. Another in Kensington Garden Square is built around one of London’s beautiful squares and one in Buckingham Gate overlooks Buckingham Palace. People like to buy a property that stands out from the norm and has a story behind it. I think we’ll see more of this type of development in the New Year.

To speak to Zoe about buying a new home in London, please call her on 020 7664 6649
or email her at


September 9, 2015

Another chance to buy a new apartment in the Barbican’s Blake Tower

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Blake Tower

There is a further chance to snap up an apartment in the Barbican’s Blake Tower in October when the next phase of the redeveloped former YMCA building goes on sale.

The 17-storey building is being converted into 74 studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments by Redrow Homes London and is due to complete in Q3 2017.

The Fann Street building was designed by Barbican architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon and is a fine example of the Estate’s brutalist style. The Grade II-listed building has the Barbican’s trademark pick and bush hammered concrete exterior.

The building was completed in 1968 and immediately let rent-free by the City Corporation to the YMCA. There were eight floors for men and four for women, prudishly separated by a floor with rooms for staff.


Blake Tower

The apartments will feature stunning interiors designed by Conran and Partners. The Grade II listing means that the exterior is being left largely unchanged, including its striking external fire escape.

Features of the development include:

  • Close to Farringdon station – a key Crossrail hub when it opens in 2018
  • Full access to the extensive residents’ amenities of the Barbican
  • Dedicated daytime concierge
  • Allocated underground parking (by separate agreement)
  • New 150 year leases
  • 10 year building warranty

For news about the launch and more information about Blake Tower, email or call us on 020 7600 7000.

April 24, 2015

Freehold house in historic Cloth Fair with terrace overlooking London’s oldest church

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202805_BAR080105Leading City estate agent Frank Harris & Co. is marketing a rare freehold house in Cloth Fair, one of London’s most historic streets. The property falls within the Smithfield conservation area and has a beautiful south-facing terrace that overlooks St Bartholomew the Great, London’s oldest church.

The church was founded as an Augustine Priory and has been in continuous use since at least 1143. Until 1910, Cloth Fair stood within the walls of the church and the gates were locked every night. These walls are given as the reason why the church and the houses in Cloth Fair were able to survive the Great Fire of London in 1666.202805_BAR080105D

Only one of those houses, 41 Cloth Fair, remains. Built between 1597 and 1614 it is the City’s oldest house and the only one to pre-date the Great Fire. The rest of the street’s houses were demolished in the 1920s.

Cloth Fair’s name dates back to medieval times; it was the place merchants gathered to buy cloth during the Bartholomew Fair. This was one of London’s pre-eminent summer fairs, taking place on 24 August every year from 1133 until 1855. As well as being a trading event, it was also a pleasure fair featuring side shows such as musicians, acrobats, freaks and wild animals.

The house is arranged over four floors and includes a modern fitted kitchen, three/four bedrooms, two bathrooms, generous entertaining space, and covered secure parking that can accommodate two cars.


The third floor reception room is currently used as a lounge but was designed with an alternative use in mind as a master bedroom with terrace and adjacent private bathroom.   The house also benefits from gas central heating, air conditioning on the top three floors, entry phone and alarm system.

The property benefits from superb transport links, with Barbican and St. Paul’s tube stations only moments away. Farringdon Station is also nearby and will benefit from Crossrail in 2018.

Says Frank Harris director, Tina Evans:

Freehold houses in the City of London are few and far between and this one is situated in a location with a fascinating history. The excellent living space and south-facing terrace overlooking the church makes this a hugely attractive family property.”

March 4, 2015

Beautiful Barbican

202805_BAR140319DOur lovely small style Type F1a studio is in Breton House, which is on the North of the Barbican Estate. The studio faces West and has a lovely view over the podium, benefitting from an abundance of sunshine in the afternoons and evenings. On the Eastern side of the block, the view is across to the East of London and looks down over neighbouring Whitecross Street.  Whitecross Street is a vibrant marketplace, the permanent home to a large Waitrose and many eclectic bars and restaurants, vintage barber shops and beauty salons and a quirky collection of art galleries; whilst every lunch time the street hosts an exciting food market where one can sample delights from every corner of the globe.

In particular, there is one local businesses which the team at Frank Harris & Co. City Office can wholeheartedly recommend: Taylored Framing Ltd. can be found next to the Curious Duke Gallery on Whitecross Street. If you need anything framing from old cinema posters, to African street art, to more corporate shots for the office; Alan Dean of Taylored Framing Ltd. is the man for the job. Having met Alan several times, he always shows such an enthusiasm for whatever piece of art is put before him, his ability to see the amazing difference the right style of frame can make, is both astonishing and extremely gifted- he has transformed many mediocre bits and pieces of mine into legitimate artworks which I am proud to have on my walls!

Taylored Framing Ltd. can be found at 173 Whitecross Street EC1Y 8JT and viewings of the sublime, bijoux studio in Breton House can be arranged by calling Frank Harris & Co. City Office on 020 7600 7000 or by emailing



February 26, 2015

Cathedral with connections

202805_BAR150018L202805_BAR150018It is not hard to see the benefits of living in EC1, an area which seems to grow more exciting and diverse every week. With new exciting developments completing in the area in the next few years, such as Crossrail (completion 2018) and a new Redrow scheme coming to the Barbican in the shape of the old YMCA tower on Fann Street; now is as good a time as any to buy into EC1.

The area has a lively, village feel to it, with Charterhouse Square as the green heart and many unique, local businesses can be found in the cobbled streets which lead off it. The quarter has an endless supply of bars and restaurants from high end eateries such as Smith’s of Smithfield and Club Gascon to sweet, trendy little coffee joints like Ask for Janice. 202805_BAR150018A  202805_BAR150018DHistoric attractions like The Charterhouse and Smithfield Market for example, are just as at home here in EC1 as offices, restaurants and residential buildings.

Frank Harris & Co. have just taken on a fantastic property in Cathedral Lodge, a smart portered building nestled between Charterhouse Square and The Barbican Estate. Nicely positioned to enjoy Farringdon, The City and Islington to the North. The property has two bedrooms, one with an ensuite bathroom and is in immaculate condition with wooden floors throughout. The kitchen and bathrooms are very good quality, having been updated within the last five years with good quality, John Lewis fittings. The property is quiet and peaceful despite its excellent, central location and has an abundance of natural light due to the large windows found in each room. A secure parking space is the cherry on the cake of this brilliant offering. Please call the City office on 020 7600 7000 to book a viewing.




September 19, 2014

It’s Open House again!

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This weekend is when some of London’s finest buildings throw their doors open to the public in the annual London Open House event, allowing us all a wonderful opportunity to glimpse inside some of the most architecturally intriguing and historically important buildings across the capital and its environs.  Here at Jackson-Stops & Staff, we’ve been looking at what’s on offer to view and thought we would give you a flavour of what you can expect to see in some of our office locations:

In the City, our sister company, Frank Harris & Company, is marketing a property in the Barbican Centre, an iconic building which is featuring a property in the Open House event this weekend.

…so if you are planning to view this property, why not check out our contemporary apartment located nearby.

If you’re visiting an open house in Holland Park, why not take a few minutes out to view a couple of our latest lettings instructions in the vicinity:

St Mary Abbotts Terrace £1295 per week (fees apply)

House to rent St Mary Abbots Terrace W14 8NX

House to rent St Mary Abbots Terrace W14 8N

Ilchester Mansions £795 per week (fees apply)

Flat to rent Ilchester Mansions, Kensington W8 6AE

Flat to rent Ilchester Mansions, Kensington W8 6AE


…over to our Pimlico office and our Lettings Director, Georgina Clarke, was delighted to see that the building she climbed to the top of last year has made it into this year’s Open House list:

While you’re in the area, why not arrange a viewing for this lovely house, on the market in Westmoreland Place (the Westmoreland Triangle backs on to Peabody Avenue)

Westmoreland Place SW1V 4AE

Meanwhile, in Teddington and the Richmond Borough, highlights of the event include Radnor House School, Garrick’s Temple, Richmond Theatre, the Richard Burton Mausoleum and the Langdon Down Centre. Do pop in to discuss any of your own home requirements and talk to our team, at 36 High Street, Teddington.

If you are planning to visit Open Houses in Wimbledon, be sure to take time to view this wonderful split-level apartment:

Apartment to rent Grosvenor Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4RU

Apartment to rent Grosvenor Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4RU

Apartment to rent Grosvenor Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4RU

Apartment to rent Grosvenor Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4RU

For the full list of what’s available to view, take a look at the London Open House website for full details



October 21, 2013

Let Us Entertain You!

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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


May 31, 2013

Summer in The Barbican

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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 –

March 20, 2013

Buyer ‘views’ Barbican property via Skype from Italy

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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!

March 4, 2013

What exactly IS a barbican

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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

September 18, 2012

What’s on at the Barbican this Autumn?

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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

July 25, 2012

Enjoying the sun in one of the City of London’s 200 open spaces

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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.


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