Delights of Smithfield
Victoria from our Long Lane Office was very kindly treated to lunch by some future clients of Frank Harris & Co. at Smiths of Smithfield. Home to four different dining spaces, Smiths is one of the many exciting eating houses Farringdon has to offer and it certainly did not disappoint as a lunch venue.
Each of the four floors offer a different experience: the ground floor is a relaxed bar which serves food all day- the décor is quite industrial which reflects the working nature of the environment in Smithfield; the first floor is a lounge style cocktail bar with softer interiors than the floor below. Moving up the building the second floor restaurant has an open kitchen with darker tables which add a sophisticated feel to the exposed brick walls; the top floor restaurant is the epitome of fine dining- the white table cloths and bright view over the meat market and local rooftops make this floor feel truly ethereal.
Victoria enjoyed a fantastic lunch at the Second Floor Dining Room. The provenance of the main ingredients is listed on the right-hand side of the menu with most of the meat produce making the short journey from butchers located in Smithfield Meat Market (Central London’s only fully operational meat market) just across the road; some cuts of beef are even butchered on site at the restaurant! Three out of four of the party enjoyed an escallop of Wagyu veal cooked in parmesan and capers with a rocket salad which from all accounts was absolutely delicious; the other member of the group enjoyed a Thai-style shredded beef salad which had quite a kick! Pudding did not disappoint either as the party devoured a salted caramel cheesecake topped with caramelised pear and toffee popcorn.
The restaurant comes highly recommended, the atmosphere was lively evening at lunch time, the staff too were both helpful and knowledgeable making for a brilliant dining experience all round. Farringdon has so many amazing restaurants on offer it can be hard to choose although Smiths would be high up on our list as one of the best. Located just around the corner of this eatery is Florin Court, a beautiful art-deco building previously used in the filming of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Frank Harris & Co. are proud to be marketing a charming studio flat with the most astonishing views over St Paul’s Cathedral and the rest of The City. The building has fabulous facilities including its own swimming pool; not to mention this property is five minutes away from Farringdon Station a future stop on Cross Rail which makes it a fantastic investment.
Frank Harris and Company – celebrating ten years of property sales on London’s South Bank
Writes Tim Rogers from South Bank and Waterloo estate agents Frank Harris and Company:
“Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of our first successful sales transaction from the South Bank office. It was a flat in River Court and, coincidentally, the person who bought it is now selling a flat in that very same block through me. Click here for more details.
“We sold a 2 bedroom river-facing flat in this building for £362,500 and it exchanged contracts on 11/6/2001. That same flat sold last year for £750,000.”
So, if you are thinking of buying or selling property in SE1 and want expert advice from an agency who understands the South Bank and Waterloo property market, why not call Tim on 020 7620 3400 or click here.
Access latest property information on the go with the Frank Harris and Company mobile APP
We at Frank Harris and Company recognise that many people now choose to surf the internet via their mobile phones rather than by PCs.
With this in mind, we now have our very own mobile application (APP) so you can access all the latest particulars on the properties we have for sale or rent at the touch of a button.
Andrew Sorene from the firm’s Marchmont Street office says: “With people’s ever increasing use of mobile phones this is yet another string to our marketing, enabling our clients to reach the widest range of potential buyers and tenants. We believe we are the only agents currently using this technology across many of our areas.”
Click here to find out further information.
Find out more about property in Bloomsbury with Open Squares
Alec Papasavva from Frank Harris and Company’s Bloomsbury office writes:
“There is a tendency for many working Londoners to get caught up in the everyday hassle and bustle of the city without taking advantage of the numerous squares in the centre of London and beyond.
“On the weekend of 11-12 June 2011, there will be an Open Garden Squares Weekend, allowing access to a number of squares usually closed to the public. This is always a popular event so it would be advisable to book in advance. However, there are a good selection which are not private and are in fact accessible throughout the year.
“If you want to find out more about the delights of Bloomsbury, we at Frank Harris and Company have extensive experience as estate agents in the area and are happy to advise on buying, renting or selling property in the WC1 area.”
Alec can be contacted on 020 7387 0077 or click here.
Estate agents welcome regeneration project in the heart of Waterloo
South Bank and Waterloo estate agents Frank Harris and Company are welcoming a regeneration project which could dramatically improve public space in the heart of SE1 and reconnect Lower Marsh with the surrounding area.
Proposals are being put out to public consultation which aim to create an attractive, inviting and high quality environment that would be significantly enhanced through the repaving of footways, carriageways and open space. There are also plans for new trees and improved street lighting.
Says Frank Harris and Company Associate Director Tim Rogers: “This part of Waterloo is experiencing a real renaissance and should this project be given the go-ahead, will really enhance the area, making it an even more attractive place in which to live.”
If you would like to find out more about buying or renting property in SE1, why not give Tim a call on 020 7620 3400 or click here.
Fantastic gated development for sale in the heart of Noho
Writes Andrew Sorene from Frank Harris and Company’s Marchmont Street office:
“We are thrilled by the positive response to Crabtree Place – a wonderful new gated development in the heart of Noho, one of London’s most desirable villages. Centred around Charlotte Street, Noho has an eclectic mix of long standing establishments and colourful newcomers.
“Of the flats, just the magnificent penthouse remains available for sale, occupying the entire top two floors of the building with its virtual wrap-around terrace affording views of Crabtree Gardens itself and the immediate area.
“Nearly 50% of the townhouses are now reserved, each providing unrivalled quality and design. We estate agents always boast about the homes that we are selling but this scheme IS truly something to boast about.”
The penthouse is available at £3.25m while the remaining houses are on the market priced at £2.995m.
For further information or an appointment to view the show home please call us on 020 7387 0077.
The Bloomsbury Project and how it has shaped WC1
Excellent article in the Evening Standard about Bloomsbury which has been the study of a fascinating research project by UCL.
Professor Rosemary Ashton, of University College London‘s English literature department, spent three years investigating some 300 institutions – and many more addresses and individuals – to find links between them, and how they had an impact on Bloomsbury, London, and in some cases, the country.
To read more on this article, click here. And if you want to find out more about buying or renting property in this magnificent part of London, why not drop into our Marchmont Street office or give us a call on 020 7387 0077.
London rents ‘set to pass the £1,000 pcm mark in a year’
Writes Neil Dawson from Frank Harris and Company’s Southampton Row office:
“Londoners frozen out of the property market should be braced for higher rents in the year ahead as average monthly rents in the Capital pass the £1,000 mark.
“The warning from Reeds Rains and Your Move owner LSL Property Services came as London rents outstripped the rest of country to hit £978 pcm in March. This is 7.3% higher than a year ago, and almost double the 4.3% annual growth seen across England and Wales over the past year.
“There is an acute shortage of rental properties in the Capital for the two-pronged reason that existing tenants are staying put to save the huge deposits demanded by lenders and house building has been hit by the recession.
“We at Frank Harris have seen evidence of this in the West End letting market where even the smallest studio that we have had on our books over the past six months has been over £1,000 per month.
“Rents will only get higher as we go through the summer months as we are forecasting that demand will be massively outstripping supply. Excellent news for landlords and this is a trend that will be continuing for the foreseeable future.”
If you want to find out more about renting property in Central London, feel free to call Neil on 020 7405 4444 or click here.
London’s South Bank – 60 years on from the Festival of Britain
Writes Tony George, Residential Lettings, Frank Harris and Company’s South Bank & Waterloo office:
“In 1951, over eight million people visited the 1951 Festival of Britain exhibitions on the South Bank. 60 years later the area is still at the forefront of iconic cultural innovation with the London Eye, Tate Modern, IMAX and OXO Tower.
“If you want to find out more about this fantastic area of the Capital or if you are looking to buy or rent property in SE1, why not drop into our office in Stamford Street or give us a call on 020 7620 3400.
London is the only place in the country with a continuing rise in property prices – RICS
According to the RICS, London is the only place in the country with a continuing rise in property prices - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13037917
Says Zoe Mercer, from Frank Harris and Company’s Stamford Street office: “This confirms what we estate agents have known for a long time, namely that London has it’s own, separate property market.
“Over the last six month we have observed that property prices in the South Bank and Waterloo have risen steadily, on average, by 5%, with pockets such as the Roupell Conservation Area seeing even greater increases.”
If you are interested in buying, selling or renting property in SE1, why not give Zoe a call on 020 7620 3400 or click here.
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.
Georgian property in Bloomsbury, WC1
The Marchmont Street office of Frank Harris and Company have put a flat under offer just over a week after bringing it to the market.
The £1.25m property, on Cartwright Gardens, is part of a Grade II listed Georgian house built by James Burton circa 1809-11 and has access to private gardens. For more information click here.
The location is packed full of history, situated as it is in the heart of Bloomsbury. Cartwright Gardens itself is named after John Cartwright, an outspoken reformer.
If you are thinking of buying, selling or renting property in Kings Cross, Fitzrovia or Bloomsbury then give us a call on 020 7387 0077 or click here
Bloomsbury estate agents limbering up for the Olympics
With the recent installation at St. Pancras of the first set of Olympic rings and with the fact that Bloomsbury will be playing host to the media at the 2012 Games, there are clearly signs of the new hurdles and the long jump area being prepared for the Games right outside the Frank Harris and Company Marchmont Street office!
Many of you will probably not realise that Bloomsbury will have a part to play in the Olympics but it will play a major role in accommodating people visiting the Games – click here for more on this.
So, we wouldn’t recommend you practice your sporting skills on the obstacles on our pavement, but you are welcome to come inside and talk to us about buying, selling or renting property in this fascinating part of London.
Alternative hurdles for The Olympics!
House prices up 0.8% in March says Rightmove
According to the property website Rightmove, house prices across the UK rose by 0.8% in March.
Writes Andrew Sorene from Frank Harris and Company: “Although this report provides evidence that detached houses are proving more robust than flats, I can honestly say that whilst we have not necessarily seen a significant rise in values, we are definitely seeing a marked rise in activity and sales been agreed.
“There have been several instances in the past couple of weeks of sales of flats being agreed to the first sets of people who viewed – a phenomenon not seen for quite some while. Clearly there are still prospective purchasers looking to get back into the market, knowing their savings are effectively being eroded away by the low interest rates and who are prepared to invest in the market in anticipation of better times ahead.”
If you are thinking about buying, selling or renting property in Central London, why not give Andrew a call on 020 7387 0077 or click here.
If you go down to the South Bank…..
We at Frank Harris and Company love the South Bank. There is always something going on in this vibrant part of the Capital.
Take this guy as an example – www.free2dance.com/latest/latest-news – who is dancing for charity.
We in the Stamford Street office may not be up for much dancing but we do know our properties so if you’re in the area, why not drop in to see us.
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
Proposed redevelopment of Waterloo Station
Frank Harris and Company’s Stamford Street office is excited to learn more about the proposed redesign of Waterloo Station. According to press reports, there will be a new floor of shops built above the current concourse, with completion due in April 2012.
Writes Tim Rogers: “Waterloo Station is such a hub, not only for commuters but to the thousands of people who flock to London’s South Bank. Any redevelopment of this famous station will undoubtedly have a beneficial effect on the area and enhance what is already one of the Capital’s best places to live.”
If you have property to buy, sell or rent in the Waterloo area, why not pop in to see Tim or the rest of the team at 123 Stamford Street or contact us on 020 7620 3400.
Property for sale – Jessel House, 96-98 Judd Street WC1H
Frank Harris and Company’s Marchmont Street office has just taken on a studio flat which lies to the south of the Euston Road, a few minutes’ walk to St Pancras Station.
Says sales agent Alec Papasavva: “This property does need a bit of TLC, however it would be ideal as a pied-a-terre or rental investment and it is in close proximity to the West End, The City and UCL.”
For more information on this property click here or call 020 7387 0077.
Bloomsbury hotel – perfect for short stays in London
If you are seeking rental property in Bloomsbury then look no further than Frank Harris and Company. If however you need accommodation for a shorter stay in the Capital, you may want to check out a charming hotel which opened its doors last year.
The Judd Hotel offers 38 rooms, all with en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, satellite television, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rooms can accommodate a single person from £57 per night and up to four people from £127 per night, inclusive of a generous cooked buffet breakfast and all taxes.
It is just a couple of hundred metres away from our Marchmont Street office and is located on Cartwright Gardens, a quiet and elegant Georgian crescent overlooking gated gardens and tennis courts, both of which are available for use by guests.
Please mention our name when booking!
The Judd Hotel, Bloomsbury