Continuing our new series, Jane Asher, the celebrated British actress and founder of Jane Asher Party Cakes & Sugarcraft, reveals her latest role, her inspirations and three luxuries if she was castaway on a desert island.
Q. How did you get started?
I was apparently spotted in the street by a film producer when I was around five years old and invited to appear in a film called Mandy. I played the very small part of a deaf and dumb girl, but it was enough to get me hooked and I went on working throughout my childhood in films, theatre and TV. My parents always said I was allowed to keep doing it as long as I kept up my schoolwork. I’ve never understood the bit about being spotted: I was told that it was my long, extremely bright red hair that attracted them – but as the film was in black and white that seems very mysterious…
Q. How long have you lived in London – what do you like about it?Read More
Motcomb Street has changed so much in the 65 years since Henry Brahm launched Henry & James, his lettings and management agency, that he would hardly recognise it.
Musty old antique shops have been replaced by cutting-edge boutiques and cafes. Mansion blocks are out. Loft apartments are in. Belgravia, south west London, has more of a buzz than in the grey post war years and Henry & James has had to adapt to survive.
The company celebrates its 65th anniversary in rude health this month, under its Chairman Pierre Brahm and energetic Chief Executive James Bailey, supported by an enthusiastic and expanding team. The original office in Motcomb Street is still there, but now has a funky younger sister in Cale Street in Chelsea. The Henry & James brand has never been more respected – or more visible.Read More
Here is your chance to win a horse-drawn carriage tour around the capital’s most historic sights. To enter, simply take a photograph of the carriage as it travels through the streets of London.
Look out for the horses as they trot along King’s Road, Chelsea or around Chelsea Green on Wednesday 27th May between 1pm – 2pm. Alternatively you may be lucky enough to spot them on Cadogan Square, Pont Street, Hans Place, Sloane Street or Motcomb Street between 2.30pm – 4pm. The horse and carriage will be taking the same route the following Wednesday 3rd June so you have more than one opportunity to get your photo!
The lucky winner can take five people on the tour with them, as part of our 65th anniversary celebrations.Read More
In our new monthly series, we meet celebrities living and working across South West London. This month: Top chef and TV personality, Michel Roux Jr
Q. How did you get started?
I was definitely born to be a chef. I was born into a great family of chefs, my father Albert, uncle Michel and cousin Alain are highly acclaimed chefs, and my daughter Emily is following in our footsteps. I decided to leave school at 16 and after leaving Emmanuel, the London school I attended, I wanted to go into the business. My father suggested I start my training in pastry, so in September 1976 I went to Paris to start my apprenticeship under Maitre Patissier Hellegouarche, who was one of the best pastry chefs in Paris. In my opinion, he was the very best.
Q. What do you like about London?Read More
All the talking is over, the voting is done and, once again, the British public has returned a Conservative government.
Resulting in a deep sigh of relief within the property world, not least from James Bailey, chief executive of Henry & James.
“Like a lot of people, I thought we were going to see a hung Parliament. There is no doubt that people have been sitting on the fence, waiting to see what would happen, waiting to see if the threat of Labour’s mansion tax would become a reality.Read More
The general election is still up in the air, but one issue affecting home owners has already been decided.
From this month (April), following reforms announced by George Osborne, pensioners will be able to release large sums of capital previously tied up in annuities.
Some of them will blow the money on round-the-world cruises. Others may soon be seen driving down the Kings Road in a new Porsche. But a fair few, experts predict, are likely to dip their toes into the buy-to-let market.
How can they best make their cash work for them? Play your cards right and you can become a property millionaire in ten years or less with £200,000 starting capital. Play them wrong…Read More
In our new series, we meet local celebrities across south west London. This week: Tricia Guild, creative director and founder of Designers Guild, on Kings Road.
Q How did you get started?
It is strange to think, but at the time I started my shop [1970s] on the Kings Road, there was really no concept of ‘lifestyle’ as we know it today. I had an idea to present a lifestyle that could offer a sense of informality with a contemporary yet decorative look. I always think it is so much easier when people can see the evidence of how something works visually by touching and feeling the products. With this in mind, I began with just a few items that I put together, it was a small business with a small amount of money, but so rewarding when I found that it seemed to work for people and I realised that I had found my passion and drive. I then started researching textiles to use in my shop and for projects I was working on, but felt so frustrated at the lack of designs that I felt inspired by. This led me to designing the first collection, which was a set of Indian block prints, and I have continued from that point to where we are today.
Q What do you like about the area?Read More
Estate agent-speak is known the world over. Houses that were last decorated in 1923 might get passed off as ‘character properties’. At Henry & James, we try to avoid jargon and write property particulars in plain English. But no estate agent can entirely escape these phrases. Here, tendered in a light-hearted spirit, are some examples of estate agent-speak of which house-hunters should beware.
1. Estate agent-speak: conveniently located.
Translation: next door to a burger bar/off-licence/bookmakers.Read More
Anita Sanford starts work at Henry & James’s Chelsea office this month. She brings with her fifteen years of experience of the prime central London market and is looking forward to working for a boutique family company. “The life of a London estate agent has changed beyond recognition since I started. The profession has become more rigorously professional, there is more competition than ever, and more overseas buyers than ever. But what has not changed, and what keeps me motivated, is the thrill of pulling off a successful transaction.”Read More
Chancellor George Osborne’s 2015 Budget was welcomed by the chief executive of Henry & James estate agents. “I think this is a very positive Budget. It sends out a message that the UK is back on track,” says James Bailey, the chief executive.
The uncertainty that we have seen in the months of January and February should now dissipate. I think there was an element of people being frightened in the run-up to the elections, particularly by talk of a mansion tax being imposed.Read More