Urban Myth?

On your wanders around Westminster, have you ever noticed that each lamp post in the borough has 2 letter Cs interlocking, painted in gold on a black background?  Seeing as our office is slap bang in the middle of the City of Westminster, (Fitzrovia to be exact) it’s amazing how few people at Davis Brown have actually noticed this!  Having said that, our Estate Agents aren’t known to dawdle …

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You would be forgiven for thinking this was the world renowned Coco Chanel logo, but is this really homage to the iconic French designer or just a piece of architectural design?  It’s true that the Duke of Westminster was madly in love with Coco in the ’20s, and it was rumoured that he decided to put her logo on all the lights around Westminster to show how she lit up his life. Well, I feel I’m about to disappoint all you romantics out there, but this lettering is also rumoured to merely mean “City Council”.  I know, how extremely un-glamorous!  There is also another, for want of a better word – squiggle, some might say, an elaborate letter W on all these lamp posts too, could this be the W from Duke of Westminster, or could it be the W from Westminster City Council?

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Whatever you choose to believe, Coco Chanel’s spirit is still alive & kicking with her fashion legacy,  lamp post or no lamp post.

 

 

About Last Night …

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To say there may be a few sore heads in the world of property today might be an understatement – but boy, they sure are worth it!  We celebrated our 20th Anniversary of Independence in style at the beautiful Searcys Knightsbridge,  with around 60 friends & colleagues last night. The evening began with champagne, canapes & chats in full flow, with the addition of a fun competition whereby guests had to decide which of our Directors may or may have not sold a property to Will.I.AM or signed the Official Secrets Act and so on.  It turned out that Chris Gotla knew us the best and was the lucky winner of 6 bottles of top notch red.

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After a brief welcome by our very own Tony How, we were ready to tantalise our taste buds, so Tom Gilby – the highly skilled connoisseur from The Vintner, took the reins and led us into the fascinating world of wine with his sharp wit & superb knowledge.  We had six tables of guests, all lead by a Davis Brown director – The Rose Rebels was led by David Green, Champagne Charlies was Tony How’s (arguably the biggest cheat of the night!) team, Emma How (aptly) headed up the Sozzled Sauvignons, Tony Guerguis and his school of Chardonnay Sharks,  David Moon and his Beaujolais Boozers and last but not least Susan Battson was the matriarch of the Merlot Mavericks, and so the competition to identify the grape, vintage, country of production & price of each wine began. Rose Rebels displayed a pretty consistent knowledge most of the way through, leaving the rest way behind them, but were cruelly pipped at the post at the last minute by the Sozzled Sauvignons when they identified the mystery magnum.  Fluke?  We’ll never know.  I must say, David Moon (who is partial to imparting his knowledge of the grown-up grape juice) disappointed, by pricing a magnum of pretty special wine at only £50 (actual price £100.).  Must try harder.

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And that was far from the end of the evening, there were plenty more bottles of Chateauneuf du Pape, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and a whole host of other fabulous wines quaffed, suffice to say it was a thoroughly enjoyable night.  I won’t tell you who were the last to leave, but I will say that the more mature of our guests win in the stamina stakes!

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A huge thank you to all who attended and helped to make it such a memorable evening.  Special mention to Susan Battson and Emma How.

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Rental Guide to Securing your Home

Having a place to call your own is something everyone dreams about, whether that be purchasing or renting. But when it comes to actually taking those steps it can be quite daunting and unfamiliar. With a huge variety of properties and agents to choose from, knowing the process can certainly help put your mind at ease. This is the 20 steps to securing your rental home …

Your Budget – Being able to understand what you can afford each month on rent alone is the perfect starting block, as going forward you would have to ensure you can keep up with your monthly rental repayments.

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Location Location Location – Somewhere quiet? The City Centre? Near to family or work? Each location offers unique benefits and varies in price, so finding which area suits your needs should be of high importance.

Bedrooms – What is the minimum & maximum amount of bedrooms you are looking for? 

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Size – Do you have a minimum size you are looking for?

Furnished or unfurnished? – If you have your own furniture you would need to ensure that any property you find can come unfurnished and vice versa.

When do you want to move? – understanding when you are able to start a contract is important as you don’t want to be looking too early in advance. We advise to start searching for your new home 6-8 weeks prior to your ideal contract start date.

Time to start looking – Rightmove, OnTheMarket & Zoopla. These are the three main property search portals where you can find suitable properties matching your criteria. 

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Make a shortlist – There will be a lot of properties to choose from, therefore we always advice to make a shortlist of your top 5 properties that match each of your requirements.

Getting in Touch – After finding properties that catch your eye, the next step would be to get in touch with the agent. Their details are found on the advert and you have a choice of calling them directly or sending them an email enquiry. If you email them, you should expect the hear back within 24 hours.

Schedule Your Viewing – Arrange with the Estate Agent a suitable time and date for yourself to view the property. The rental market is very fast paced and we therefore always advise viewing at your earliest convenience to avoid losing out on the property.

On the Viewing – When you are on the viewing, take a good look around and take your time. Ask as many questions as you can think of, as the more you know the more you can put your mind at ease moving forward.

Is it the one?! Decide whether the property is the one for you.

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Submit an offer – Speak to the agent who showed you the property and advise them you wish to proceed and submit your offer. Within your offer, you want to include the monthly rental price, contract start date, length of contract and any conditions you may have (professional clean, removal of any items etc).

Offer Acceptance – The agent will then formally submit your offer to the landlord and revert with their comments. This usually takes between 24-48 hours.

Holding Deposit Transfer – Once the terms of your offer have been accepted, the agent will ask you to transfer a two-week holding deposit to show you are committed to the property and in turn will reserve the flat, withdraw it from the market and cancel all further viewings that are booked in.

References – Once a holding deposit has cleared in the agent’s client account, they will then commence with references. We advise gathering these documents whilst the agent is speaking to the landlord as it can help speed up the process and put you one step ahead. References usually include – passport, three months’ bank statements, three months’ pay slips, work reference/contract & previous landlord reference (if applicable).

Remainder of the monies – You have just received the great news that you have passed the reference checks – whoop! The agent will then request you transfer the remainder of the monies to them which include one month’s rent in advance, a further four-week security deposit and any additional administration costs.

Signing of the contract – We strongly advise you have a thorough read of the contract before signing as it is legally binding.Handing over the house keys from one person to another.

Inventory Check In – An inventory clerk will be scheduled to go to the property & note down the condition prior to occupation. Come the end of your tenancy, a check out clerk will be scheduled to ensure the flat is given back in the same condition it is given to you. This document is vital as it can potentially save you hundreds or thousands of pounds should there be any disputes.

Move in day – The day has finally arrived!! Time to put your feet up, kettle on and enjoy your new home!

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Serving Notice for Possession of a Residential Property

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Since the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 came into force, it is illegal for a landlord to harass or try to force their tenants out of the property without following the correct procedures.

As a Landlord, you may reach a point during the tenancy where you may want to regain possession of your property. This could be due to non-payment of rent, antisocial behaviour,  unauthorised works etc. So can you do, if you need to take possession?

Most properties are let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement. The most common types of Notice are Section 21 and Section 8. A Landlord can serve a Section 21 Notice without any grounds for possession of the property or a Section 8 Notice with sufficient grounds.

The simplest of Notices is Section 21 under the Housing Act 1988.  This can be enacted so long as the Landlord has followed the correct contractual and legal procedures. Otherwise obtaining possession could become difficult. A Landlord can use this Notice to evict a tenant by either

  1. A) it is after a fixed term tenancy ends, (if there is a written contract)

Or

  1. B) during a tenancy with no fixed date, known as a “Periodic Tenancy”

You cannot use a Section 21 notice if the procedures have not been followed, for example did you know that a tenant must have seen the gas safety certificate, EPC and the Governments Guide on How to Rent Guide. We must also remember that a Section 21 cannot be served within the first 6 months of a tenancy, also if the fixed term has not ended unless there is a break clause in the contract.

There are circumstances where your Section 21 Notice will be invalid. Such as properties that have been served with an Improvement Notice or houses of multiple occupation (HMO’s), without a licence from the council.

You must note that a Section 21 provide the tenant with 2 month’s notice to vacate.

A Section 8 Notice has different grounds which need to be satisfied by the court that have been broken by the tenant. There are mandatory and discretionary grounds. The Notice period varies for each ground.

It is important to notice that in both cases, if the tenant has not vacated upon expiry of the Notice, the Landlord must apply to the court for possession. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as serving a Notice and obtaining possession.

It is always advisable for a landlord to seek legal advice when completing a Section 8 or Section 21 Notice.

We are Recruiting …. Graduate Building Surveyor

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We are looking for:

A graduate Building Surveyor, 1 years’ post graduate experience ideal and a working knowledge of Party Wall matters and/or Contract Administration.

We are:

A well established, multi-disciplinary practice in the West End.  We offer a friendly working environment, a company dog and opportunities for training to complete RICS qualification.

Expressions of interest to:

Tony Guerguis – TGuerguis@davis-brown.co.uk

David Moon – DCMoon@davis-brown.co.uk

 

 

20 Iconic Locations in Fitzrovia & Soho

Being Estate Agents in fabulous Fitzrovia, we know the best places to go to eat, drink, be merry & to simply just enjoy the often-unexplored delights this neighbourhood has to offer.  As my mother always said to me “When you walk, look up or you’ll miss so much”, and she was spot on, so with that in mind Emma and Hannah took to the streets in the morning sunshine with their cameras (iPhones) with the purpose of showing you the weird & wonderful in our local streets which you might have never known were there.  Here’s what we found…

1  C O L V I L L E  P L A C E

Colville Place is a paved court connecting Charlotte Street with Whitfield Street. It was planned as a double row of modest dwellings, three storeys in height in stock brick with a plain parapet masking the roofs. Each house had two sash windows on the first and second floors, and the entrance door, with rectangular fanlight, and one window on the ground floor.  An old lamp stands in the centre line where the sloping pavement from each side met.  It was named after John Colville – a carpenter who helped to build it.

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2  L E A F  L O V E R – G R E A T  T I T C H F I E L D S T R E E T

Emma eyeing up the blooms on show at this new addition to the area.

Leaf Lover (florist - its just opened) - Great Titchfield Street

3  S A N D E R S O N  H O T E L – B E R N E R S  S T R E E T

I get the feeling, somebody’s watching me….  Soft yet sophisticated with a twist of surprise.

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4  N E W M A N P A S S A G E

This narrow alleyway links Newman & Rathbone Streets.  Dripping with Victorian atmosphere you’d expect Sherlock Holmes to pop around the corner!

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5  C H A R L O T T E  S T R E E T  H O T E L

Charming & quintessentially British, looking resplendent with the addition of Bloomsbury Flowers London, spreading their flowery love!

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6  F I T Z R O Y S Q U A R E & B T  T O W E R

Fitzroy Square was originally part of the Bloomsbury Conservation Area,  over the years it has become associated with high-end, bohemian residents, many of which have had prominent careers in the Arts, Virginia Woolf to name but one.

So much adoration for the BT Tower!  But there didn’t used to be … back in the day when it was built (1965) Fitzrovia was a haven for both artists and aristocrats & the BT Tower was met with harsh criticism as it was thought it’s design wasn’t compatible with the areas, The critics of the tower in the 60s have since reversed their opinion, calling it a “building of merit”.

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7  T H E  A T T E N D A N T – F O L E Y S T R E E T

Is she popping down for a coffee, or to spend a penny?!

Foley Street - Fitzrovia's mini village

8  T H E F I T Z R O V I A  M U R A L – W H I T F I E L D  G A R D E N S

A historic mural painted in 1980, the mural depicts various unnamed characters of Fitzrovia, the top half painted by Mick Jones (son of trade union leader Jack Jones), and the bottom half by Simon Barber.

Whitfield Gardens (looked up on google for more info)

9  P E A R S O N  S Q U A R E

This square was named after the Victorian architect John Loughborough Pearson, who designed the site of the Middlesex Hospital which first opened in 1745.  The hospital is no longer there, but instead there is a modern – some might say Brutalist, development in its place.

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10  F I T Z R O V I A  C H A P E L

This exquisite piece of architecture was part of the Middlesex Hospital and stands in Pearson Square.  A space offering an oasis of tranquillity, peace & calm, and is open from 11am to 4pm every Wednesday.

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11  M E A R D  S T R E E T

Meard Street

Reputed to have been a street where ladies of the night worked in times gone by….

12   G A Y – O L D C O M P T O N  S T R E E T

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Soho has a huge LGBT community and this nightclub is world famous.

13   T H E  Y A R D

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Soho’s most unique gay venue! It has a very pretty garden, tucked away in Rupert Street.

14   L I N A  S T O R E S

Lina Stores

This iconic family-run delicatessen is piled high with delicious home made pasta, cheese, cured meats & groceries.  Got your taste buds tingling?  You’ll find it on Brewer Street!

15   S O H O   S Q U A R E

Soho Sq

An oasis in the middle of Soho, just behind Oxford Street.  Have you ever wondered what’s inside the Tudor-style hut?  An urban myth claims it’s the entrance to a secret tunnel which leads to Buckingham Palace.  We can neither confirm or deny….

16   S O H O  H O T E L

Soho Hotel

Tucked away in Richmond Mews, this hotel is a great place to people watch (or celebrity spot), an very funky bar, with a library room and sometimes a cinema.

17   F I T Z R O Y  T A V E R N – C H A R L O T T E  S T R E E T

The Fitzroy Tavern

It would be hard to cover Fitzrovia without including it’s most famous pub.  This pub has been a haunt for many a London luminary over the years including Augustus John, Jacob Epstein & the famous occultist Aleister Crowley.

18   W A R R E N  M E W S

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The beautiful cobbled Warren Mews – hidden away off Warren Street, you wouldn’t think you were in central London!

19   B E R W I C K  S T R E E T M A R K E T

BERWICK

Street trading in Berwick Street started around the late 1770s, but wasn’t officially recognised as a market until 1892.  As you can see it’s still as popular as ever (had a lovely, juicy watermelon there this afternoon!).

20   T H E G R E E N  D O O R – 1 M A R G A R E T  S T R E E T

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And we really couldn’t finish this without mentioning the only Racing Green front door in Fitzrovia “Ooh, who lives there?” You may be asking yourself, well it’s the home of the friendly Davis Brown team – pop along and see us anytime!

Should I assign or sub-let my commercial lease?

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If you are planning to vacate your commercial premises it could be costly to negotiate a surrender of the lease with the Landlord, especially if there are several years remaining on the lease. To avoid this expense, an option could be to find a third party to occupy the premises covering the costs you would otherwise be paying. This can be done either by sub-letting or assigning your lease.

It is first important to read your lease and understand what the Tenant’s ‘alienation’ rights are as this could restrict your options. It is then essential to understand the key differences between the two, in order to decide on the best option, depending on specific circumstances.

In simple terms an assignment of a lease is the transfer of a lease to a third-party who will become the new tenant or ‘Assignee’. They will pay rent directly to the Landlord and take over all the responsibilities as stated in the original lease.

In a sub-lease the original Tenant continues to pay rent to the Landlord as usual, but the ‘sub-lessee’ would pay the original occupier a rent in return for occupying the premises.

So, what are the costs and benefits of each?

When sub-letting a premises there is an opportunity to negotiate with the ‘sub-lessee’ and potentially achieve a higher rent or ‘profit’ rent. Terms within the sub-lease, such as a break-option could be included, which would allow the ‘sub-lessor’ to re-occupy the space. Depending on wording within the original lease there may be the option of sub-letting part of the demise. This appeals to many tenants if they are occupying more space than is required and want to reduce costs yet are planning to reoccupy the space when they expand in the future.

When sub-letting, the relationship between Landlord and the original Tenant does not change. The Tenant will remain liable for any costs, such as dilapidations at the end of the lease, no matter what the sub-tenant does. It is therefore important to have a carefully drafted sub-lease to avoid any problems or unexpected costs caused by the sub-tenant in the future.

In an assignment, the lease is transferred to the ‘Assignee’, and they will pay the Landlord directly. The ‘Assignor’ will longer be responsible for any costs or responsibilities within the lease and can walk away from the premises. There may also be an opportunity to seek a premium if the passing rent is significantly below the Market Rent.

The Landlord may request the ‘Assignor’ acts as a guarantor before they will grant consent for the assignment of the lease. This will mean that if the ‘Assignee’ stops paying the rent or goes into administration the Landlord can come back to the original Tenant to recover cost.  To reduce this risk, one should look for a company with a strong financial covenant when assigning a lease.

If you are considering assigning or sub-letting your space, there will be several factors you will need to consider that could include:

Is there an opportunity to get a ’profit’ rent or a premium?

What is permitted within the lease?

What are the costs of managing a sub-tenant?

What is the risk of the sub-tenant / assignee being unable to pay the rent?

And finally, to avoid any unforeseen costs or problems it is always worth seeking professional advice in advance!

20 Buildings to open over the last 20 Years – London

Us Londoners are so incredibly lucky with the architecture we are blessed with – our skyline is forever changing and there is always something new to admire/detest!  As it’s our 20th birthday this year, we’d love to share some of the capital’s buildings that have either been built or refurbished or added to in the last 20 years.

T H E  S H A R D

Opened in February 2013.

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T H E  W A L K I E T A L K I E  aka  2 0 F E N C H U R C H  S T

Opened in May 2014.

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Q U E E N S  originally an Art Deco cinema – now an apartment block

Opened November 2014.

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B A T T E R S E A  P O W E R  S T A T I O N  – now residential and commercial units

Opened 2017.

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3 0  S T  M A R Y  A X E  aka  T H E  G H E R K I N

Opened April 2004.

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S T  P A N C R A S  S T A T I O N

The renewal opened November 2007.

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L E A D E N H A L L  B U I L D I N G  aka T H E  C H E E S E  G R A T E R

Opened July 2014.

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T H E  M I L L E N N I U M  D O M E

Opened 31st December 1999!

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T A T E  M O D E R N (EXTENSION)

Opened June 2016.

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O L Y M P I C  S T A D I U M

Opened May 2012.

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F I T Z R O Y  P L A C E  aka  P E A R S O N  S Q U A R E  (developed from the former Middlesex Hospital site)

Opened 2015.

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C I T Y  H A L L

Opened July 2002.

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W E M B L E Y  S T A D I U M

The new 90,000 stadium opened 2007.

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E M I R A T E S  S T A D I U M – home of Arsenal football club

Opened 2006.

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C E N T R E  P O I N T – now a residential block

Opened 2018.

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B B C  B U I L D I N G – new refurbishment

Opened June 2013.

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P L I M S O L L  B U I L D I N G

Opened 2017.

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L O N D O N  E D I T I O N  H O T E L  (formerly the Berners Hotel.)

Opened 2013.

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T H E  B R I T I S H  L I B R A R Y

Opened in 1998.

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M I L L E N N I U M  B R I D G E aka W O B B L Y  B R I D G E

Opened June 2000.

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Candy for the eyes! 20 London Square Gardens.

Garden Squares were created by the Georgians and Victorians to bring the feeling of the countryside in to the city.  They were, and still are a place to socialise with your friends and neighbours.  As Estate & Letting Agents in the West End we are often whizzing around the back streets admiring the beautiful gardens around us, some are so tranquil it’s difficult to believe you are actually in the Big Smoke!  Here are 20 of our faves …

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Rosemead Gardens, W11  

This square has very romantic connotations – it was where Hugh Grant & Julia Roberts trespassed in the film Notting Hill.

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Fassett Square, Hackney

Does this square ring any bells with soap fans?  It should do as it inspired the EastEnders set!

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Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia

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Paddington Street Gardens, Marylebone

This was created during the 18th century as an additional burial ground for the old St Marylebone Parish Church.

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Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury

This is 3 acres of public gardens in London’s West End. Complete with red telephone box!

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Manchester Square, Marylebone

This is the square facing towards Manchester House, which houses the world renowned Wallace Collection.

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Bryanston Square, Marylebone

Named after its founder Henry William Portman’s home village of Bryanston in Dorset, it was built as part of the Portman Estate between 1810 and 1815.

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Lennox Gardens, Chelsea

Lennox Gardens was created in the late 19th century, formerly being a cricket ground.

QUEEN CHARLOTTE

Queen Square, Bloomsbury

There has been confusion about this statue in Queen Square, it was first thought to be Queen Anne, but more recently is believed to be depicting Queen Charlotte.  Will we ever know for sure?!

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Bonnington Square Gardens, Vauxhall

This “secret” square is a beautiful place to relax and have fun.  It’s quite bohemian with vegan cafes and parties held throughout the Summer months.

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Cleaver Square Gardens, Kennington

This Georgian Square in south London has long been used as a bowling green and looks stunning in the spring when all the cherry blossom is in bloom.  There’s a gorgeous little pub on the corner too!

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Belgrave Square Gardens, Knightsbridge

A beautiful place to relax in central London.

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Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury

It is one of London’s most beautiful and best-preserved historic squares. It was built between 1776 and 1780 as a scenic residential area for the city’s upper middle class.

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The fountain at Russell Square Gardens, Bloomsbury.

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Rathbone Square Gardens, Fitzrovia

This new development includes offices, retail,  restaurants and premium residential all centred around a new garden square.

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 Cleveland Square Gardens, Paddington

Cleveland Square was created in 1855 when the formerly rural area was being developed as part of the Paddington Estate.

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Portman Square, Marylebone

This picture dates back to 1878 with Montagu House facing the Square.

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 Chalcot Square, Primrose Hill

Ted Hughes & Sylvia Plath lived here in the 60s; it’s unmistakeable coloured houses surrounding it.

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Downing Street Gardens, W1

A private garden, but one weekend each year there are many private garden squares that are open to the public – don’t miss out!

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Rosary Gardens, SW7

In the 1820s the land on which this development now stands was a 3 acre field called Rosehall, hence the current name.  A very sought after area in Kensington.

 

20 CLEVER WAYS TO MAXIMISE STORAGE SPACE

Our city is filled with characterful and beautiful buildings but living in London means you sometimes have to compromise on space. As Estate Agents in London, more often than not we hear our clients saying ‘there’s not enough storage space’.  It really is key when selling or letting and it is important to the buyer.

Here are our 20 favourite storage ideas…

FIRE PLACE ALCOVE

Fireplace

The fireplace is often the focal point in a room – adding storage around it will create a space for all sorts – books, pictures, whatever you fancy.

UNDER STAIRS STORAGE

Under stairs storage

A great place for cupboards, book case display or a work space.

HIGH CEILINGS = MEZZANINE FLOOR

Minimalist open space, white kitchen with mezzanine and modern spiral staircase, loft with bedroom, concept interior design background, architect designer idea

London has row upon row of beautiful converted houses. The ground floor and first floor often have ceiling heights of 3.5 metres so how about adding a cool mezzanine floor?

If your not a fan of the mezzanine, consider building full height cupboards to maximise the space.

BEDS WITH STORAGE

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This is a genius idea – particularly for small bedrooms where you can’t get a lot more in than just a bed.

WINDOW SEATS

We love a window seat, great for sitting on and admiring the view and would make a good seating area for guests.

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SLIDING POCKET DOORS

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Fantastic space saving in small rooms or where you want the sleek, minimalist look.

MAKE A FEATURE WALL WITH BOOKCASES AND SHELVES

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MAKE USE OF EMPTY WALLS

3d rendering interior and exterior design by myself

 

If you have an empty wall, use it. Build wardrobes, shelves and cupboards.

MAKE USE OF EAVES IN THE LOFT

lOFT STORAGE

Out of sight, out of mind!

STAIRS WITH DRAWS

Stairs with hidden shelves

Probably one of the most novel (& practical) storage ideas ever.

PUT A SHELF ON IT!

Whatever can hold a shelf do it – get creative!

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DAYBED

Sofa in the day. A bed a night. Space saving.

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BUILD CUPBOARDS AND SHELVES AROUND AND ABOVE DOORS

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KITCHEN ISLAND OVERHEAD SHELVES 

Island storage

A convenient place to keep all that kitchen paraphernalia plus an attractive addition to the kitchen.

INSTALL WC UNDER THE STAIRS 

A great use of otherwise wasted space.

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STORAGE SOFAS & CHAIRS

Folding sofa bed couch with storage space, isolated on white background, saved path selection.

Pretty much everything you sit on can double up as an ottoman.

HEADBOARDS

Headboard

Yup – the humble headboard can now double up as storage space – who knew?!  Ikea does a good line.

BATHROOM ALCOVES AND SHELVES

They make pretty features and are perfect for displaying/storing toiletries.

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SPIRAL WINE CELLAR

Spiral wine cellar

Well, why not?!

STORAGE ON WHEELS 

A movable kitchen island or a movable table can then be wheeled from room to room if desired.

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