The best workout in the world comes to Canary Wharf

Barry’s Bootcamp has opened its 5th studio in London, opening at Crossrail Place on Friday 8th February.   Perfectly timed following Canary Wharf’s Strong Island health and fitness festival at the beginning of February, Barry’s Bootcamp will sit alongside the existing fitness offering in the Wharf, including Europes largest 100,000 sq ft Third Space gym.

Originating from the US in 1998, Barry’s first opened in the UK in 2015.  It was arguably the original class based concept to come to London and combines strength and cardio interval in a high-intensity, one-hour workout.  Peak classes sell out within seconds and the brand has gained a strong celebrity following including David Beckham and Ellie Goulding.

As they have often done with openings in the past, all proceeds from this weekend at Canary Wharf went to Place2BePlace2Be is a children's mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils and their families, as well as their teachers and school staff.  

The West End to come to White City

As White City’s regeneration continues to flourish, so does its cultural offering.  It has now been announced that this summer will see the opening of Troubadour Theatre’s third site, located in a former BBC car park.  The Meccano style pop-up theatre is designed to host West End scale shows, with the capacity for an audience of 1,200 people in one of the spaces and 800 in the other, making it one of the biggest venues in West London. 

The structure will be strong enough to support the weight of sets, scenery, lighting and other equipment without the restrictions London’s more central theatres.  The space will also be hugely versatile, allowing it to be redesigned to suit all styles of performance and adding to its appeal as a venue.  As well as the theatre, the building will have a 100-cover restaurant, bars and a box office.  It will take up residency for approximately 3 years until the site is redeveloped into further offices and shops.

Bruce Gillingham Pollard advise on the leasing of the shops, restaurants and leisure at White City Place and Television Centre.  Millie Wilson the Director responsible for the projects says;

“We have been delighted to have been part of the transformation of the White City area of London.  The combination of homes, offices and new retail and leisure brings a unique dynamic to this area.  This exciting mix has been enhanced further by the exciting news of the opening of the Troubadour Theatre.  The theatre will help support the emerging restaurants and bars during evenings and weekends and attract a wide visitor demographic to the area".

Former Supper Club Chef to open at White City Place

Former supper Club chef, Aida Khan is to open her first permanent restaurant site at London’s White City Place.  Shola Karachi Kitchen follows Aida’s super popular Gourmet Karachi Supper Club, and is to be her first bricks and mortar venture.

Aida started out as a banker in London and Karachi, however, her passion for cooking and more importantly, the food she grew up with, led her to study at Leith’s School of Food and Wine.  She went on to host two seasons of the Pakistani TV show For the Love of Food, before relocating to London and bringing the food she grew up with her.

Speaking to London Eater in a recent article, Aida said: “We are delighted to be opening our first proper restaurant at White City Place. Shola pays homage to the real cuisine of Pakistan, often based on recipes and techniques passed down over generations. We are passionate about using fresh, seasonal ingredients to produce a contemporary and approachable experience of the traditional flavours of Karachi.”

Shola is opening at the end of February.  Bruce Gillingham Pollard is delighted to have secured the site on behalf of Stanhope.

Chinese E-sports studio Wanyoo begins its European expansion at Central Cross

Chinese e-sports studio Wanyoo has chosen Shaftesbury’s Central Cross development, just off the Charing Cross road to launch its first European cyber café.  The UK’s largest public e-sports studio features multi-functional gaming facilities, café, chillout zone and work-spaces. It’s position at the crossroads of London’s Chinatown, Covent Garden and Soho means it’s fantastically placed to serve London’s diverse residential and tourist communities.

Established as an Internet Café in 1998 Wanyoo has 1,100 stores around the world, mostly in China, but also in the US, Australia and Canada.