Tchenguiz sets sights on iconic Santander building

UK Property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz has started to renew his purchasing endeavours. He has organised an Abu-Dhabi backed consortium to purchase the ₤200 million of debt owed by Derek Quinlan and Glenn Maud to RBS. The loan is the backing for the entrepreneurs’ purchase of Santander’s Madrid Headquarters, which they bought in 2008. Tchenguiz is […]

Bloomberg's new London premises.

Bloomberg, the financial media giant, has come to an agreement with Foster and Partners, architecture firm of millennium bridge designer Norman Foster, to occupy the new development on the Bucklersbury site near the Bank of England. This is the largest deal for City office space since UBS agreed to rent office space in the Broadgate […]

From Houses to Hotels: Foreign Buyers Dominating The Market

Foreign Buyers are now keen to get their hands on London commercial property as well as dominating the residential purchases in Central London over the Summer. Thanks to the foreign buyers the London hotel property market is on the up as foreign buyers prepare to close deals worth well over £1.5 billion ($2.45bn). Currently there […]

£400 million Terraced Homes

Recently put on the market are two mansion houses, part of a row of terraced houses for sale in the prestigious area of Regent’s Park. The six mansion houses and four lateral apartments that comprise Cornwall Terrace take the record for the world’s most expensive row of terraced houses. We briefly profiled these before for our […]

The Lure of London Luxury Stucco-Fronted Homes

Palazzo-style, stucco-fronted homes pepper some of the most desirable neighbourhoods in London.  They line the picturesque crescents of South Kensington and the glamorous squares off Knightsbridge. The History “Palazzo” is Italian for “palace”, and palaces they were.  Imposing columns, crisp white facade, ornamental window pediments, grand entertaining spaces—these homes had it all.  Their designs hark […]

Amazon Properties Acquisition on Pall Mall, Near St James's Palace

Amazon Properties recently acquired two adjacent sites along Pall Mall, a stone’s throw from the St James’s Palace in SW1 totalling more than 7,000 square feet.  This marks its second recent portfolio addition, following its acquisition of another 7,000 square feet space on Maddox Street in Mayfair, W1.  Both are intended for conversion into luxury residential […]

Kensington Palace Gardens- The World's Most Exclusive Street

The most exclusive street in London, stretching approximately half a mile from Kensington High Street to Notting Hill faces Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana, and the aesthetic surrounding park area. The Freehold of the properties on the tree-lined roads are still owned by the Crown Estate. The Crown Estate is not bound […]

Bob Diamond will Undoubtedly Return to the London Property Market

The new Barclay’s chief, Bob Diamond, praised in finance circles for his ability to get things done despite his critics in Westminster, will be returning to London in the new year. One commentator once said about him, “Make no mistake, if Bob wants something done, he knows the people to do it. He has a […]

Public and Private Space around London

Upon arriving in Kensington and Chelsea, most people’s curiosity leads them to the nearest garden square.  Intending to have a picnic beneath stately trees, smell the lovely flowers, or kick a football on grass, the hearts of visitors deflate when it becomes clear that the gardens are private.  Yes, Hyde Park is just up the […]

How Architectural Character Can Add Value

London’s residential real estate market is clearly subject to some subjectivity.  Two similarly equipped houses on the same street can sell at surprisingly different prices, leaving comparative spreadsheets in a smouldering heap.  While lurking variables such as length of time on market and vendor’s desperation obviously contribute to this apparent irrationality, the architectural character of […]