Secret tunnels, hidden tube stations and ghost trains. This is not a scene from the latest Bond movie, but an insight into a long-forgotten London.
Yet next month, Londoners will have a chance to visit some of these hidden warrens below the capital. Down Street station, between Green Park and Hyde Park on the Piccadilly Line, opened in 1907, but closed in 1932, because of lack of use. In WWII, it was used by Winston Churchill and his cabinet as a place of safety during the Blitz.Read More
It’s 66 years since the launch of our first Henry & James office in Belgravia and the family-owned estate agent has never been more popular. As the London agency approaches its busiest time of the year, we explain why people choose us.
For some, it comes down to local expertise. For others, it is the personalised service. But for Olivia Rae (Sales Negotiator) and Richard Gunning (Lettings Manager) of Henry & James, it is a combination of all these factors. Here they describe what customers value most, whether they are buying, selling, renting or letting their properties.Read More
Knowing when you have found the right property is like knowing when you have met your future wife or husband. It can be love at first sight or something more gradual, like pieces of a jigsaw falling into place. But it involves the heart as well as the head. And there is often a light-bulb moment, a sudden realisation that this – not all the other properties you have looked at – is the one.Read More
Floral King Neill Strain shares his love of London, passion for property and romantic bouquets, that would melt any heart on February 14.
Q: How did you get started?
A: I knew I wanted to be a florist at a young age. It started with a love of gardening and fresh flowers in my grandmother’s garden in Ireland. I pursued floristry as a career and studied to a high level both in the UK and abroad. My floral studies and experiences in Belgium and Holland inspired me to bring back to the UK, a style of design that I had never seen before and I knew that the clientele to appreciate this would be in central London. At first I wanted to open a shop in Chelsea. By chance I fell on Ebury Street and I fell instantly in love with the Belgravia architecture and garden squares… and I have never regretted it since!Read More
Short leases are a familiar part of the London property landscape. Apartments frequently come on the market with 100, 80 years and sometimes much shorter leases. Some buyers will avoid them, but others might be tempted to learn more.
But how short can a lease on a property be before you should have second thoughts about buying it? A generation ago, many were nervous of any leases shorter than 50 years. Now, according to chartered surveyor Will Robinson, an expert in the field, the majority of purchasers would be happier with over 100 years if possible.Read More