Vivienne King has been appointed to the position of Soho Housing's new chief executve, taking over from Joe Chambers who stepped down in April.
Vivienne was previously director of business operations and general counsel of The Crown Estate, where she was part of the senior team which led the transformation of The Crown Estate from a traditional estate to a modern progressive business. She is also a trustee of Women's Pioneer Housing and has over 25 years’ experience in the real estate industry.
Also joining Soho Housing are Nick Stonley and Jeremy Titchen as non-executive board members, representing a strong commercial field for the benefit of Soho Housing's robust future. Nick has 35 years of experience in the residential development industry and is now managing director of Strawberry Star Developments. Jeremy is an experienced property professional with more than 25 years of experience in the real estate market and is director at Rockhopper Real Estate Limited.
We have commenced the development of a new retail unit at 9 Archer Street. This space will be created by combining existing vacant spaces at ground and basement levels. Existing double doors will provide a new street access into characterful space ideal for occupation by a traditional Soho retail use. The space will extend to 800 sq ft / 74 sq m. Completion due January 2017.
Letting agent: John Lyons, Nash Bond tel: 020 7290 4583.
Our congratulations to Blacklock for winning the Observer Food Monthly award for the best Sunday lunch (October 2016).
What a difference a year and a half makes: Blacklock is now a Soho Sunday institution, with 300-plus sitting down to a proper roast dinner each week. “The dream was to do a roast like you get at home,” says Ker, 31. “Nothing beats your mum’s Sunday dinner, so we aim to be the next best thing.” Ker is ex-Hawksmoor, so it almost goes without saying that this is a slick operation.
The Sunday menu is gratifyingly to the point, and served family-style: just a couple of starters (bone marrow on sourdough, maybe, or roast scallops), followed by a choice of roast beef, pork or lamb (or a daunting plateful of all three), with all the traditional roast spud, carrot, greens, Yorkshire and gravy trimmings. There’s a touch of theatre about it, too, with the joints slow-roasted whole over open coals, which is perhaps not the way home cooks do it. For pudding: “It’s cheesecake.” Portion control is similar to Mum’s, too – you won’t be wanting an evening meal after this little lot.
It’s also one of the best Sunday deals in town: that vast mixed platter with sides is £20 all-in. “It’s all about value,” Ker says. “We do cocktails from a fiver, we use top-quality meat at a middle-end price point [all Blacklock’s carcasses come from one of the godfathers of British butchery, Philip Warren in north Cornwall], and extra sides are £4 a pop.”
Welcome to London Grace
Our most recent commercial letting is to London Grace at 11 West Street. With existing operations in Putney and Clapham, West St is the first stop for the expansion of London Grace in the West End.
Setting a new standard in nail bars, the brand offers clients a relaxed and attractive environment in be pampered, meet, eat and drink.
Opening December 2016.