Kensington Exterior

How to Choose your London Property

Whether purchasing for an investment, for your prime residence, before embarking on the property search, it is first important to carefully review what you want from your property. Location Choosing the right location is of prime importance.  You’ll need to review and then prioritise your lifestyle choices.  Consider how suitable the commuting time is to your place of work.  Services...

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Restrictions on London’s Short Lets to be Lifted

Restrictive laws affecting London residents from offering short lets of up to three months are to be lifted according to the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles. Introduced in the 1970’s, Londoners have been prevented from offering short lets of less than three months, unless they first applied for and paid for Council planning permission, to do so.   Yet, in the...

Talay Sofa from the Amy Somerville Collection

An Interview with Furniture Designer: Amy Somerville

Recently the interior design team for The Studio at Harrods, met with furniture designer, Amy Somerville to learn her inspirations.   Here is some of what they found out… What made you decide to become a furniture designer? I adore the creative constraints of functionality, and trying to make something lasting and artistic without a large egotistical element. What is the...

Montpelier Square

Market Comment: Budget Implications on Prime Property

March saw the announcement of some revisions to the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT), for certain residential property transactions, plus a second refinement to the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED). Here Harrods Estates Sales Director Shaun Drummond shares his predictions for how these changes might shape the sector in the coming months. Firstly though, to recap, it was The...

Mayfair at Night

Crossrail Set to Ignite Interest in Mayfair

Crossrail is not due to open until 2018 but has already had a significant impact on property values in locations along the line which are set to benefit from new, faster connections into Central London. – But arguably less attention has been paid to the importance of Crossrail on locations within Central London. Mayfair will be served by the new...

Chelsea Office - May 2014

Chelsea Flower Show Highlights

The Gold Medallists at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show have been announced and our Chelsea Office have got into the floral spirit by decorating their own windows on the Fulham Road, pictured above. Congratulations to Luciano Giubbilei – designer of the Champagne Laurent Perrier Garden, whose design has been crowned winner of ‘Best in Show’.  The beautiful landscape celebrates a perfect...