‘A Word From’ Tina Evans, Group Director
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.
Parade Around EC4
Image Courtesy of the Lord Mayor’s Show
The Lord Mayor’s Show is a time old tradition which has taken place in the City of London since the 16th Century. The Lord Mayor of London represents solely the City of London; the title is bestowed on a new candidate each year following elections at Common Hall comprising Livery Men from all of the City’s Livery Companies. The new Lord Mayor is sworn in during the second week of November, the day before the Lord Mayor’s Parade.
Originally the parade was a flotilla of barges going down the Thames from the City to the Royal Courts in the City of Westminster. 1856 was the last year the show went by barge, it has taken place on dry land ever since. The state coach was commissioned for the parade in 1757, this was considered a much safer way for the Mayor on which to make his way to Westminster following an incident with a drunken flower girl one previous year which resulted in the Lord Mayor falling from his horse and breaking his leg! The procession starts at Guildhall and weaves its way through the City of London winding up at The Strand to where the Royal Courts of Justice have been located since moving from Westminster in 1882.
This year, the parade will be on Saturday 8th November. The procession meanders past St Paul’s Cathedral and Ludgate Circus not far from where Frank Harris & Co. have taken on a charming one bedroom property on Carter Lane. Situated along one of London’s historic lanes, this second floor property takes advantage of large window which light up the bright living room with open plan kitchen. The bedroom has gorgeous high ceilings and a walk-in wardrobe. A separate marble shower room puts the cherry on top of this fantastic City flat. Please give Frank Harris & Co. a call on 020 7600 7000 to book a viewing.
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
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.