September 13, 2017

London Cocktail Week will leave you shaken and stirred


Whether you like your martinis shaken or stirred, you won’t want to miss London Cocktail Week. Now in its eighth year, the seven-day event is the world’s biggest cocktail festival, attracting more than 25,000 people last year.

This year, 250 bars of London’s top bars will open their doors to showcase their bartenders’ mixology skills and specially created cocktails. There will also be supper clubs and master classes suitable for everyone from amateurs to experts.

The festival’s biggest cocktail party will be in The Cocktail Village in Old Spitalfields Market, where some of the capital’s favourite foodies with be teaming up with drinks brands for Sip and Snack experiences. The Village will be a maze of more than 30 pop-up bars in trucks, vans and even bicycles, each serving signature £6 cocktails.

But you don’t have to be in Spitalfields to enjoy the festival. Why not head over to Soho and Covent Garden where most of the doors you pass will be trying to lure you in to taste one of their special concoctions. Jinjuu is a Korean restaurant with a cocktail list full of exotic Asian ingredients. The Vault is a tiny whisky bar underneath a shop – blink and you’ll miss it. Or try Christopher’s Martini Bar, a classic American steakhouse with a glamorous Art Deco martini bar. For something a bit more lively and playful, how about Dirty Bones where good music, as well as good cocktails, are guaranteed?

For the first time, the London Cocktail Festival has gone hi tech. This year, you don’t have to ruin your outfit with an ungainly wristband, nor do you need to carry a hand drawn map to find your way around. The key to the city’s cocktails is yours for a week-long digital pass priced at just £10, accessed via an app on your phone. This will give you access to all seven days of the festival and £6 cocktails in any one of the 250 bars taking part.

We’ll drink to that!

London Cocktail Week is on from 2 to 8 October across London. For more information and to buy your digital pass, go to

September 6, 2016

‘A Word From’ Lucy Oakley, Sales Manager

Lucy Oakley, Sales Manager

Lucy Oakley, Sales Manager

Lucy Oakley, Sales Manager, Holborn, Covent Garden and Soho

What is great about living in the area?

It is an area that is forever changing and one that you think you have fully explored only to discover somewhere new just around the corner. There’s also a sense of calmness here that you wouldn’t expect given how popular it is with tourists.

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

The launch of the Centre Point development next year will give the area huge impetus. As well as 82 flats, there will be a new public square and over 41,000 square feet of retail space. Throw in the opening of Crossrail a year later and you can see that the area around Tottenham Court Road station is going to be transformed.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden

Tell us about one of your favourite hidden gems.

The Phoenix Artist Club off Charing Cross Road is a quirky downstairs restaurant and bar with a great atmosphere. It is located under the Phoenix Theatre and was the original dressing and rehearsal room for the theatre.

How have prices moved over the last year?

Prices in the whole area have increased steadily over the past 12 months. The average price of a property in the City of Westminster has risen by 8.1% in that period and by 9.9% in Camden.

The average pound per square foot price achieved in Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury in Q2 of this year was £1,712 and the average sale price of a property in WC2 in 2016 is £1,500,000.


February 22, 2016

Bloomsbury sales and lettings market snapshot

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , , — Frank Harris @ 9:22 am
Bloomsbury Plaza, London, WC1B

Bloomsbury Plaza, London, WC1B

It has been a busy start to the year in our Bloomsbury, King’s Cross & Fitzrovia and Holborn, Covent Garden and Soho offices. So much so that since the turn of the year, our Southampton Row has achieved 103% of asking price on all properties sale agreed.

A Grade II* listed freehold house in the Bloomsbury Conservation Area is just one of the outstanding properties we have on the market at the moment. Arranged over five levels, the interior-designed 19th century property is placed at the end of picturesque terrace overlooking the striking Regency-style St Pancras Church. Offering approximately 2,300 square feet, this is a beautiful, spacious family home with flexible accommodation on the market for £2.8m.


Harlequin Court, London, WC2E

If an apartment is more your style, this is a rare opportunity to buy a luxury three bedroom apartment situated between Bloomsbury, Covent Garden and Oxford Circus. The apartment benefits from a lift and two private underground spaces as well as a video entry system and a porter. Price: £1,699,950.

If you are looking to rent rather than buy, you may be interested in this modern and stylish rental apartment set down a quiet side street in the heart of Covent Garden. Available for £995 per week, it has two large double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a bright open-plan kitchen/reception.

Details of all our sales and lettings properties across all our offices can be found on our website.

March 19, 2015

Pop into our refurbished Marchmont Street office and meet new senior sales negotiator Lucy Oakley

IMG_3124As you may have noticed if you’ve passed by recently, our Marchmont Street office has had a stunning makeover.

The new interior matches our branding and is bright and comfortable. We’ve also got new window displays to showcase our properties. The windows let in lots of light and from the outside you can peer in and watch us beavering away.

Andrew Sorene, Group Director, who is based in the office says: “We all love the new decor. It’s a fantastic working environment and perfect for meeting clients and applicants. Hopefully this will cement our position as Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia and King’s Cross’s number one estate agent.”

Next time you are in the area, why not pop in to say hello and have a look round. If you do, you’ll be able to meet our newest member of staff, Lucy Oakley.

Lucy spent the last 10 years of her career in St Johns Wood before deciding to make an exciting change and join Frank Harris & Co.

Says Lucy: “I love London and I love weekends spent exploring all it has to offer: Spitalfields with its on trend vibe, Covent Garden’s more touristy feel, the hidden garden squares, farmers markets and flea markets, even blue plaque hunting.”Lucy Oakley Black White

Lucy, who is mum to an 18-month-old little girl, Annie Oakley, describes herself as chatty and positive, full of enthusiasm and joy de vivre.  “Sell or buy yourself a home through me and you’re guaranteed to be in safe, knowledgeable and positive hands,” she says.

So, do come in to have a look around and say hello to Lucy. We’ll even make you a nice cup of tea or a coffee.


December 9, 2014

The Great Christmas Pudding Race

Victoria George Fran Rob Tina Rob (1) - CopyThe morning of Saturday 6th December saw Tina Evans, Georgina Rabl, Francesca Phillips & Victoria Ogilvie from the Frank Harris & Co. City Office take part in the Annual Great Christmas Pudding Race in Covent Garden. The four ladies made up the ‘Property Puddings’ team alongside two colleagues from Jackson-Stops & Staff; Robert Dawson from the Pimlico branch and Robert Butterworth from the Holland Park Office.The Pudding - Copy

The morning consisted of a costume parade which saw the six ‘Property Puddings’ model their fetching Christmas Pudding hats and branded t-shirts. The competitors then took part in a Zumba workout to warm themselves up as the weather was bitterly cold! This lead to the event itself- an obstacle course relay race throughout which all the competitors were carrying a Christmas Pudding! The course included several inflatable obstacles, whipped cream and icing sugar. Everyone that took part had such fun and it was made all the more worthwhile due to the £1100.00 raised so far for Cancer Research.

June 3, 2011

Covent Garden Farmers Market open throughout summer 2011

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — Frank Harris @ 3:14 pm

Covent Garden Farmers Market is open throughout this summer. The market is open every Thursday from 10.30am – 6pm.

There will be around 30 stalls bursting with food from some of the UK’s most respected producers. The market will include free range chickens, artisan cheeses, cupcakes, smoked fish and gourmet pies.

There are also pastries, sausages and fresh salads from The Polish Deli, French bread, pastries and cakes from St Sugar of London and free range beef and hot food from Woodwards Farm.

Other stallholders include Hola Paella, Battersea Pie Station, Arabica Food & Spice Company, German Deli Ltd and Crumbs & Doilies.


January 20, 2011

Rare luxury rental property comes to the market close to The Savoy

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , , — Frank Harris @ 7:47 pm

Frank Harris and Company have been instructed on a fantastic apartment – a newly refurbished New York-style three bedroom property adjoining the newly refurbished Savoy Hotel on The Strand. The property is in excellent condition and all rooms are furnished to an exceptionally high standard.

There is a large reception room and separate dining area that seats 10, three large double en-suite bedrooms, study, newly-equipped kitchen, study and air conditioning in all rooms.

The property has the added benefits of 24/7 porterage and the residents have the ability to utilize the services of the five-star hotel which includes concierge, room service, gym, spa, swimming pool and world class restaurants. You can have the feeling of hotel living within the confines of your own private home.

Says Lettings Manager Neil Dawson: “You made need to be a Premiership footballer or movie star to afford the weekly rent of £4,000, but rarely do properties of this nature come to the market.”

For full details or to arrange a viewing please call our Southampton Row office on 020 7405 4444 or email me at

December 8, 2010

Bloomsbury and the Olympics

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , , , — Frank Harris @ 11:41 am

Well we may have lost out on the Football World Cup, but we at Frank Harris and Co are looking forward to an even bigger spectacle, the 2012 Olympic Games. Southampton Row, where our Holborn, Covent Garden and Soho office is based, is going to be one of the designated routes for people travelling to the games. Also, as there are so many hotels in Bloomsbury, many of the media and dignitaries will be housed around the area.

If you want to know more about any of the areas where we have offices or get some expert views on property, then click here or give us a call on 020 7600 7000.

December 6, 2010

Walking the ‘Museum Mile’ in Central London

Frank Harris and Co is lucky enough to have a offices which roughly correspond with what is termed as the Museum Mile in Central London.

Stretching from Kings Cross in the North and encompassing parts of Fitzrovia, Bloomsbury, Holborn and Covent Garden, this route takes in twelve of the Capital’s most iconic museums and galleries including the British Museum, Courtauld Gallery, the London Transport Museum and Wellcome Collection. For more details click here.

So if you were planning to visit any of these great places of interest and wanted to learn a little more about the types of properties available in these areas, then feel free to stop by one of our offices. We’re in Long Lane, Marchmont Street, Southampton Row and Stamford Street. Or click here for more information.

December 2, 2010

Georgian freehold house for sale in Coptic Street, WC1

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , , , , — Frank Harris @ 2:10 pm

Frank Harris and Co’s Bloomsbury & Kings Cross office are selling a five-storey freehold Georgian house in Coptic Street, WC1 – a London thoroughfare known for its famous Dairy Supply Company building. At the corner of Coptic Street and Little Russell Street in Bloomsbury, this was actually Pizza Express’ second restaurant and has beautiful lettering on its wall.

The property is currently laid out with two bedroom suites on the upper floors with generous living and entertainment space on the ground and first floor. The kitchen and dining space are on the entire lower ground floor which is lit by the atrium. It has has many period features and would respond well to some updating. It is one of an adjacent pair which can be bought together or separately at £1.8 million each. For more information click here.

Coptic Street runs between Great Russell Street and New Oxford Street. The nearest Underground stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Covent Garden and Russell Square, while there is good access to the British Museum and Covent Garden.

Coptic Street, WC1

November 18, 2010

New property lettings manager for Frank Harris and Company

Neil Dawson, new property lettings manager for Frank Harris and Company, writes:

I have now almost completed my first week  as the new Lettings Manager of Frank Harris and Company’s Southampton Row/Marchmont Street offices and have managed to successfully negotiate the week with no emergencies or disasters.

I am lucky to have been ably assisted by Michelle Cook who has 10 years experience of the area and the office, also my two staff members Rachel and Chris who have been helpful and patient in equal measure.

Coming from the Frank Harris City office with the imposing Barbican Centre sitting on its doorstep and the majority  of its other properties nestled amongst the large commercial buildings, it has been quite a culture shock coming to the almost village feel of Bloomsbury with its period buildings and mansion blocks.

Although positioned in the heart of the largest city in Europe you really feel a real sense of community which is refreshing to see in such a large and diverse capital.

I have also loved the fact that there is so much  life & culture directly on your doorstep from the British Museum  and the varied art galleries on Lambs Conduit Street  to the shopping at the Brunswick Centre & Covent Garden, not to mention the changing face of Kings Cross. All in all an very exciting and eclectic place to work .

 All I need to do now is concentrate on finding my way around and everything else should fall into place!!

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