News & Events

  • Travis Perkins Development Proposal

    This is a personal comment from David Humphrey of Humphrey Carasco Antiques who will be directly affected by Grosvenor’s plans. Please click to enlarge…

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  • Newsons/Travis Perkins Redevelopment by Grosvenor

    The Grosvenor proposals are sadly out of kilter with what is actually demanded by retailers in the area. The Pimlico Road has been developed and improved by quirky independent Art and Antique dealers, Interior Designers and Contemporary Furniture Designers all of whom appreciate the non clone street nature of the area. Most require 1,000 to 2,000sq ft of space. Yes, some can always use more space but the costs are always a problem. 7,500 and 10,0000 sq ft spaces are only going to appeal to huge international brand names ,ie yet more of the same clone high streets from around the world.

    Travis Perkins is very much a benefit to the whole of South West London. It is their most profitable branch and is celebrating 175 years of continuous trading from this site. Every development and refurbishment, no matter how small , benefits from having this service on their door step. After all it was Newsons/Travis Perkins that helped build Belgravia and Pimlico.

    It also adds to the quirky mix of businesses in this quiet part of Belgravia.

    Architecturally it is also of value. It’s ” Cathedral like interior ” {English Heritage} is a unique survival of Victorian Architecture. It’s function and purpose are ideally complimented by it’s design. Out of 3,000 timber yards from the 18th and 19th centuries in London it is the only survivor. We should make every effort to support its continued success.

    The idea of Facadism, the keeping of facades and the destruction of interiors is inappropriate also. Though Grosvenor say they will keep the building , any sense of its internal structure would be obliterated. The verticality of the columns, the nave like nature of the main thoroughfare and the wonderful roof structure would be completely lost in their proposed redevelopment. Brocken by walls and intrusive floor spaces with only minor light wells.

    All the properties affected function perfectly as they are. All the buildings have thriving businesses paying substantial rents and rates as they are. Why have change for changes sake?. It seems that there will be no real benefits to any one. Even Grosvenor’s rent projections are only inline with what they already achieve.

    Please add your comments and concerns to alan@soundingsoffice.com. Thank you.

    Regards. Mark Boyce.

  • Summer Newsletter – June 10th

    June is upon us and suddenly the temperature has risen and we all look forward to spending time outside. This has lead me to think of the pleasant times I have spent at an outside table taking a break over a coffee, a light lunch, a drink or a leisurely dinner.

    The area around the Pimlico road is blessed with a large variety of eateries. This alone should tempt you to pay us a visit. Therefore as a change from retail therapy I thought I would turn my attention to comfort foods.

    Our website gives you an overview of our members for more information and contact details. For an early morning treat you may start your day with breakfast at the ever popular Daylesford with an excellent selection of cereals, eggs, bacon or salmon dishes, delicious croissants , teas and coffees. Likewise across the road is the charming Orange, though primarily thought of as a pub you can also obtain breakfast here. Further along at the end of the Pimlico Road is the delightful Restaurant at No 11.

    Later in the day you may stop off for a coffee break. Again at Daylesford and the Orange you may sit outside and take advantage of the weather. Just off the Square on Ebury Street is the Boutique Chocolatier William Curley. Here you may indulge in a variety of luxurious hot chocolates to drink accompanied by wonderfully exotic chocolate based cakes, patisserie and biscuits. There are two small tables outside on the pavement.

    Lunch. Well here the choice is even better. In Lower Sloane Street we may indulge in a choice menu of Italian dishes at Caraffini . They have a large covered pavement terrace on which to soak up the sunshine and watch the passing parade. Next door is a small delicatessen, La Bottega , with outside seating. Opposite is the Sloane Club where members may enjoy a lighter lunch in the various lounges, or perhaps a longer and excellent lunch in the Restaurant which was designed by Linley. They also have lovely small roof top terrace in the Summer months to eat out on.

    Back on the Pimlico Road, Tinello has a varied and unusual menu of Italian dishes to tempt the palate, quite different to Caraffini. They have three small tables outside.

    Directly opposite is Passmore Street down which you will find the delightful and minute Fox and Hounds public house. A well kept local secret. Here you may have a light lunch of sandwiches and a pint. The Orange is our very stylish Gastro Pub. Bar food, snacks, pizza’s and light lunches can be taken on the ground floor. On the first floor is their delightful French styled Restaurant with more substantial food. Don’t forget they also have four wonderful bedroom suites above if you wish to make a weekend of it or perhaps stay in the area mid week.

    Many people do not take the opportunity to walk to the far end of the Pimlico Road. You must. Past the florist you will find Gordon Watson, Gallery 25, Moloh, Luke Irwin and Tim Langston all shops well worth a visit. Beyond them you will find No II a quirky and stylish Brasserie with a long bar, downstairs dinning and an upstairs dinning room for parties. They have an excellent menu of light and delicious dishes mixing European and American tastes.

    Back on the Square who could miss The Poule au Pot. A classic French romantic Restaurant with an atmospheric interior, but what is more tempting at this time of year is their large pavement terrace on which to dine over looking the square. I recommend having two courses here and then popping across the road to William Curley for a delicious dessert. Daylesford have fewer tables outside, they have more tables upstairs, but this is a lovely place to sit over lunch and watch the elegant clientele coming and going, or buying some of their delicious food to take away and eat it on one of the benches in Orange Square. I recommend taking with you a delicious bottle of their own brand Rose` Wine, chilled of course.

    Dinner can be taken at all the Restaurants and if the evening is balmy enough choose one where you may sit outside, particularly Caraffini or the Poule au Pot. I believe No 11 offer a great selection of cocktails to get the evening off with a swing.

    Snacks and lighter foods to take away can also be obtained at Krystal’s or Starbucks on the south side of the Pimlico Road.

    Bon appetite!

    Regards, Mark Boyce.