Roksanda Ilincic presents her Fall 2018 collection at Eccleston Yards

Serbian-born fashion designer Roksanda Illincic presented her Autumn / Winter 2018 collection for this season’s London Fashion Week yesterday at Belgravia’s Eccleston Yards.

Roksanda’s latest ready-to-wear collection appeared at Eccleston Yards in partnership with Tart London;  a bespoke catering company specialising in providing food for fashion shoots, who are soon to open their first restaurant, baptised ‘Eccleston Place’, within the development. The show took place in the venue that will become the brand’s flagship bricks and mortar site.

The venue was a fitting choice for the showcase, as alongside writing a weekly food column in London’s Evening Standard magazine, Tart founders Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones have catered for some of the most influential names in the fashion industry, including Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss and Cara Delevigne. They also count designers Saint Laurent, Mulberry and Stella McCartney as loyal clients.

The new restaurant will embody Tart’s ethos of using fresh, seasonal ingredients and sustainably sourced produce from local farms; offering both healthy and more decadent options. The site will also feature a photography studio, 350 capacity event space and a retail space.

Comptoir Libanais to open in Grand Central Birmingham

Lebanese restaurant, Comptoir Libanais, has announced its latest expansion plans, with the brand’s twenty-second site set to launch at Grand Central Birmingham this spring.

The 100 cover, 3,047 sq ft space that will house Comptoir’s first restaurant in the West Midlands is located next to Indian street food specialists Mowgli, and will join other leading restaurant brands such as Tapas Revolution and Pho.

Comptoir Libanais, meaning ‘Lebanese counter’, offers authentic, traditional Middle Eastern cuisine in a casual, comfortable setting. The Birmingham venue will serve the restaurant’s signature mezze dishes, including falafel, hummus, fattoush and tabbouleh, as well as tagines, grilled meats and salads. The site will also feature an integrated ‘Souk’ shopping space, where customers will be able to purchase ingredients, homeware and cook books.

Bruce Gillingham Pollard secured this lease on behalf of Hammerson.

Puttshack set to open at 1 Poultry

Adam Breedan, founder of Bounce ping-pong bars, All Star Lanes bowling, and Flight Club darts bars, has confirmed the upcoming launch of Puttshack; a crazy golf course / bar hybrid, in the basement of the iconic 1 Poultry building in London’s Square Mile.

Puttshack; the newest concept of parent company, Social Entertainment Ventures, is a crazy golf course which utilizes advanced technology to add additional challenges and prizes to the game. The venue will also offer an extensive food and drink menu.

Following a £15m investment in the brand, the Poultry location will be one of three inaugural Puttshack establishments, with the first set to open in April at Westfield in White City. With the increasing popularity of the Square Mile as a London destination, as its food and beverage, retail, and leisure offering swiftly advances, the City location was a natural choice for the brand’s expansion.

Social Entertainment Ventures has become a major influencer in the current leisure landscape; pioneering the growing competitive socialising trend, which is set to gain even more momentum in the coming year, as consumers - and particularly millennials – increasingly look for alternatives to social occasions revolving around alcohol as the primary focus.

Bruce Gillingham Pollard acted on behalf of the Landlord in securing this lease.

Bruce Gillingham Pollard promotes Charlotte Roberts to Director

Bruce Gillingham Pollard are delighted to announce the promotion of Associate Director, Charlotte Roberts, to Director, from 1st February 2018.

Since joining the company in late 2014 Charlotte has been a principal member of the Central London team, advising landlords on their retail and restaurant portfolio’s, including The Grosvenor Estate, Shaftesbury PLC, Canary Wharf Group, Land Securities and Schroders.

In recent years Charlotte has orchestrated lettings to key operators, including cult fitness brand Barrys Bootcamp, Drake’s fashion brand Octobers Very Own, Bobbi Brown’s PRO concept store, and luxury homeware brands including Fermoie, Carl Hansen and Cox London.

Charlotte has also performed remarkably in her representation of occupiers on their acquisition programme’s, including Skinnydip, Incipio Events and Barrys Bootcamp.

Under her new title Charlotte will also develop Bruce Gillingham Pollard’s A1 tenant representation division, in tandem with her existing Landlord work.

Tracey Pollard; Director at Bruce Gillingham Pollard said: “We are thrilled with Charlotte’s promotion to Director, her exceptional work ethic, unyielding enthusiasm and drive have been consistently invaluable to the company since her appointment, and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership with her in this new phase of her career.”