Bimba Y Lola is now open in Canary Wharf
Spanish fashion brand Bimba Y Lola have now opened in Jubilee place. The European brand has taken a 1,434 sq ft unit, joining the now growing list of international brands at Canary Wharf.
Over the last two years we have seen brands such as Maje, Sandro, Michael Kors and Bimba all open in Canary Wharf, with Jubilee Place at the heart of where these brands cluster. These European brands have few stores open throughout the UK but are choosing Canary Wharf as an established fashionable shopping destination for the aspirational female customer.
Alexander Mann to join Bruce Gillingham Pollard as our newest Graduate
Ahead of Alex joining Bruce Gillingham Pollard in September, we get to know him a bit better through some Q&A's;
1) If you were Mayor of London what issue would you tackle first?
If I were the Mayor of London the first issue I would tackle would be the increasing difficulty for young professionals starting out in their careers to afford privately rented properties. Together with the increasing financial limitations affecting young people’s ability to save deposits to purchase a house to live in because of the high prices of property in London.
2) You’ve lived in London your whole life, where would you take a group of tourists, so they got to see a special part of the city not on the typical tourist trail
If I were to take a group of tourists around London for the day I would take them to Kensington Roof Gardens. After a morning of walking around the busy city the roof gardens would show them a different side to London. There are three themed gardens there and it is a great place to relax, have lunch and reflect on the sights. After lunch I would take the group to a secluded spot I know in South Kensington for afternoon tea and petit fours. This is a hotel called Number 16, which is stylish and has a lovely relaxing atmosphere. Time permitting, the final stop would be The Connaught Bar at the Connaught Hotel for a drink in one of the most stylish London hotels.
3) As a self proclaimed foodie, where is your favourite restaurant and what would feature on the menu for your last ever meal?
I absolutely love Indian cuisine and although only making one trip to Dishoom in Shoreditch, I have never had a better meal! As soon as I had entered the restaurant, after finding it off Shoreditch High Street, I was immediately enticed by its Indian café style. After initially deciding on a cocktail in their ‘Permit Room’ I decided to try the food outside on their terrace. I sampled a number of dishes that my friends and I shared, but the ones I would choose for my last meal would be the Chicken Ruby, Romali Roti, Gunpowder Potatoes, accompanied by a Chaijito. Those dishes are exquisite!
4) What is your favourite city and why?
The city I love the most would have to be Reykjavik, Iceland. Reykjavik has some outstanding scenery, with the volcanic landscape and has amazing experiences to enjoy, like the Blue Lagoon, Geysers and the Northern Lights. The fireworks which lasted all night across the city on New Year’s Night were also extraordinary! The incredible restaurants and friendly people were what I really enjoyed there so much. The whole place has an amazing vibe and the fact that it is so much smaller than many cities makes it feel intimate and personal. I can’t wait to visit Reykjavik again.
5) What is the most surreal experience/moment of your life so far?
Before I started my undergraduate degree in Leeds, I decided to take a gap year. During this year I went out to Nepal for four months to work with a charity called Kidasha, which supports and educates trafficked and homeless young individuals. While teaching English to the children and teachers in Pokhara I was able to raise a substantial amount of money and took a select group of students on a 5 day trek in the Himalayas. The most surreal moment of my life so far was walking up to one of the highest points on our trek, early in the morning to watch the sunrise over Everest. Taking these young people up there, where they had never been before, and sharing the wonder of the experience with them was something I will never forget.
6) And finally, if you were a superhero, who would your side kick be?
If I were a superhero my sidekick would have to be Buzz Lightyear. Buzz, a character from the Toy Story films, rises to every challenge with a set of gadgets that are available to him. He has a mission to defeat his archenemy and he always puts his friends and family before himself. Furthermore Buzz is both organised and logical about the challenges he faces - he uses his creative thinking and problem solving skills to overcome all the obstacles he faces. All in all, he is a brave and fearless character who shows great leadership qualities, encouraging his friends and followers to continue producing innovative ideas.