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

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , , — Frank Harris @ 7:08 pm

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

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , , — Frank Harris @ 3:22 pm

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!

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , , — Frank Harris @ 3:48 pm

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!

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , — Frank Harris @ 1:31 pm

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

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 11:53 am

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

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 4:43 pm

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

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 9:59 am

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?

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 9:42 am

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

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , — Frank Harris @ 3:16 pm

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.


June 27, 2012

Latest property news from the Barbican

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 4:50 pm

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

February 14, 2012

Spacious one bed apartment for sale in Barbican

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , — Frank Harris @ 10:09 am

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


October 14, 2011

Three bed apartment with incredible views over London for sale in Cromwell Tower, Barbican

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , — Frank Harris @ 1:57 pm

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

September 7, 2011

Two bed flat for sale in Wesley House, Little Britain EC1A

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , — Frank Harris @ 8:16 pm

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.

August 26, 2011

Blitz party at the Barbican

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 11:42 am

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.






August 8, 2011

Four leasehold flats for sale in Old Street, EC1

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , — Frank Harris @ 10:30 am

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.

April 5, 2011

Living the high life in The City

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , , — Frank Harris @ 3:37 pm

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.

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