Imagine the scene. Elvis Presley’s Heart Break Hotel is playing on the radio. James Dean is starring at the cinema. And the “rock ‘n’ roll” craze is taking hold across London’s hottest nightclubs.
These were the fabulous Fifties. But an important date in our history also took place during this golden era. The first Henry & James office opened in Motcomb Street in 1950. Not quite as memorable as Presley and Dean, but a decade defining moment for our family-run business.Read More
Continuing our new series, Matt Robinson, head chef at the Bluebird restaurant on King’s Road, reveals his biggest culinary disaster, favourite architect and his three luxuries, if stranded on a desert island.
Q. How did you get started?
I started in London through a contact in Australia. He was Marco Pierre White’s head chef at the time.Read More
No doubt in the mind of James Bailey what was the highlight of Chancellor Osborne’s speech.
“The best news to come out of today’s Budget is undoubtedly the ruling that people will be able to pass on estates worth up to £1m, free of inheritance tax”, says the chief executive of Henry and James estate agents..” It’s only fair and sensible that people who have worked hard to buy their home should be able to pass it on to their family.”Read More
Despite the occasional dip, the housing market remains a tempting way to make money. The rules are simple – you just need to stick to them to avoid any expensive pitfalls. Here are our 10 top tips to help you break into the competitive, but potentially profitable, world of property developing.
1 Do your homework
Buy with your head, not your heart. This isn’t your home. Pick a location that will appeal to your intended tenants or buyers. And a property to which you can add value. The old adage of “buy the worst house in the best street” is a good guiding principle. But remember, it is a competitive market. You will need to act fast. As each area becomes popular – look in nearby streets that maybe aren’t as smart yet. But in the best postcodes, there are hidden gems full of potential – just waiting to be discovered.
2 Money, money, moneyRead More
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