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Lewis Craig Blog Archive

Sale completed of 12 Smithfield Street to South American restaurant Assenheims 56!

Lewis Craig are delighted to announce the successful completion of 12 Smithfield Street to South American Restaurant Assenheims 56.

Acting on behalf of the former occupier, Lewis Craig were instructed to source a high-quality operator who would fit in well with the impressive 12 Smithfield Street mixed-use scheme which comprises some 100,000 sq ft of office space above.

Hanina Fine Arts open new Mayfair gallery

Lewis Craig acquire Hanina Fine Arts’ new art gallery in Mayfair, at 21 Woodstock Street, located off New Bond Street. Hanina Fine Arts (HFA) have been dealing in twentieth century European art for over twenty years, and have established a reputation as leading specialists in the post-war School of Paris.

Following a decade of private dealing in New York, HFA was founded in London by the director Yuval Hanina in 1992, initially encountering some resistance to his new modern gallery on Westbourne Grove; it went on to prove a catalyst for the transformation of the street into one of London’s most chic shopping streets.

In 2010 HFA opened a gallery on St George Street in Mayfair which in 2013 became Sotheby’s S2. During Q4 2013, Lewis Craig were instructed to identify suitable premises for HFA’s gallery relocation.

Yuval Hanina comments,

“Having relinquished our previous gallery to Sotheby’s in 2013, we found it a much greater challenge than expected to find a suitable new space in Mayfair in a very competitive market. Towards the end of the year I met with Theo Benedyk from Lewis Craig, whose knowledge and intelligence was immediately apparent and combined with his amiable manner he was a great a pleasure to deal with.

Theo soon identified a potential property for us, negotiating both the acquisition of the existing lease and subsequently a surrender and re-grant of a new lease. This required skill and talent to convert a delicate situation into a successful result. I would highly recommend Theo and the team at Lewis Craig for commercial property matters.”

Eye-Form’s a new Location

Lewis Craig are delighted to announce the relocation of their retained client Eyeform Ltd, from their existing premises at 3 New Cavendish Street across the road to 28 New Cavendish Street.

With specific instructions to retain their Marylebone address, Lewis Craig utilised local market knowledge in relocating Eyeform Ltd to a smaller more manageable premises. This was an off-market situation in which we negotiated the acquisition of the lease from the existing tenant at 28 New Cavendish Street and simultaneously concluded terms for a new lease with the landlord.

Lewis Craig marketed and successfully arranged for a disposal of the lease on Eyefrom’s existing premises at 3 New Cavendish Street to Little Green Paint Company, an exciting brand taking their first Central London store following the success of their concession in Selfridges.

Eyeform is a unique business and has been located in Marylebone for over 20 years now. Specialising in creating glass eyes for people of all ages, Eyeform’s owner Kanti Fatania had the following to say. “I have been trying to relocate my business for many years now and it was only recently that I started working with Lewis Craig who made my vision become a reality.

They understood the importance of maintaining the location whilst reducing my occupancy costs, an exercise which they were able to carry out swiftly and well beyond my expectations. I would be delighted to recommend Lewis Craig”.

We wish Kanti and the staff of Eyeform the best of luck for the future in their new premises.

Please contact Ben Pistol at Lewis Craig for further information.

An underground world beneath the streets of London

Lewis Craig recently had the pleasure of a meeting with Ajit Chambers founder of “The Old London Underground Company.” A former banker, Ajit is breathing new life into our disused Tube stations by unlocking the value of historic underground real estate that has largely been forgotten.

The Legacy Project details changes to 26 abandoned or relocated “Ghost Stations” on the London Underground that will allow them to operate as a public and private partnership and bring revenue into London’s economy.

Revamping London’s ghost tube stations

Lewis Craig are delighted to have been introduced to Ajit Chambers and this unique project. Richard Grossman, Managing Partner at Lewis Craig says “we are well positioned to advise on the retail and leisure aspects sharing the same goals as Ajit in helping London boost its economy. With demand for Central London leisure opportunities far outweighing supply, these stations provide innovative space opportunities for galleries, museums, restaurants, clubs, bars and a range of other uses.”

 

Restaurant Barge in Canary Wharf floats to the market!

Lewis Craig are delighted to introduce a rare and exciting restaurant/bar opportunity for sale in the heart of Canary Wharf. The Leven, situated in West India Quay, is set up as a private dining room and forms part of a busy restaurant destination, popular with the surrounding offices.

A unique opportunity in the heart of Canary Wharf, ‘The Leven is Strijd’ (stands for ‘Life is a Struggle’) is a fully licensed seagoing British Registered Restaurant Ship and Bar providing a catering opportunity/business amongst operators such as; Cineworld, Rum & Sugar, Henry’s Cafe/Bar, Browns, La Tasca, Levente, Strada, Weatherspoon, Manhatten Grill, LA Fitness and more on the adjacent Canary Wharf Estate.

The ‘Leven Is Strijd’, traditionally known as a classic Dutch Barge, was built in 1928 in Woubrugge in Holland. She is operated as a private dining and meeting venue providing an intimate and fascinating place to hold business lunches and receptions, cocktail parties, meetings, awaydays and private parties, small weddings and other family celebrations.

Please click here for details of The Leven.