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Development & London Estates Leasing / Current projects

The Westgate Alliance: 

Acting for The Westgate Alliance – the joint venture between Land Securities and the Crown Estate – advising on the food and beverage element of its redevelopment of the Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford, opening October 24th 2017. The 800,000 sq ft city centre development will introduce more than 100 retailers and restaurateurs to the city, and will include a luxury cinema and a spectacular rooftop dining experience. So far, deals have been announced to Dirty Bones, the brand’s first foray outside London and first in a shopping centre; Pho; Cinnamon Kitchen; The Breakfast Club; The Alchemist; Pizza Pilgrims; and Polpo. 

The Cadogan Estate:

We have been advising the Cadogan Estate in relation to their food and beverage throughout the Estate since 2010. Our most recent letting was securing TV personality and restaurateur Bill Granger for the fourth London Granger & Co site in the capital, on Pavillion Road. Other deals include Jeremy King & Chris Corbin for Café Colbert;  Comptoir Libanais and Polpo to Duke of York Square as part of a strategy to offer a more diverse eating and drinking offer, with more accessible price points and varied cuisines; and new concept Rabbit – sister restaurant to The Shed in Notting Hill – to the Kings Road. 

The Crown Estate: 

Our most recent task has been the repositioning and development of St James’s Market, including seven new restaurants include Anzu from contemporary Japanese restaurant group Tonkotsu, internationally-acclaimed Nordic offering Aquavit London, Danish bakery Lagkagehuset from Ole & Steen and Veneta from London’s Salt Yard Group, a unique local concept from iconic brand Duck & Waffle, Urban Tea Rooms, and West African concept, Ikoyi.

Elsewhere at St James’s we have introduced Angela Hartnett’s Café Murano, New York’s Altamarea Group’s Chop Shop, Cicchetti, Villandry, Bilbao Berria, Borough Barista, Chutney Mary and fine dining seafood restaurant Milos from Greece, and Barbecoa.

Our strategic advice has included how the offer could be broadened with quality operations that embrace the area’s heritage, sense of tradition, elegance and luxury together with meeting the St James’s criteria of being distinctive; personal; simulating and eclectic.

We have acted for The Crown Estate for some years having also handled leisure leasing for the Regent Street portfolio.

Brockton Capital & Oxford Properties: 

We’re advising Brockton Capital and Oxford Properties on the £500m redevelopment of the former Royal Mail depot at 21-31 New Oxford Street, due for completion in 2018.

British Land: 

Having advised British Land on its catering and leisure provision throughout Meadowhall since 2008, the centre plans to embark on a £300 million Leisure Hall, part of a five-year vision to extend the leisure offer at the centre, helping further grow the appeal of the Sheffield City Region. This follows a £60 million refurbishment which is due to complete at the end of 2017.

We have recently completed three lettings for British Land at its iconic London skyscraper, the Leadenhall Building (JV with Oxford Properties): the flagship restaurant to Leonid Shutov’s first City venture which opens later this year – called Bob Bob Exchange; and two glazed A1 food units to premium fast food restaurant Bel-Air and speciality London coffee company, Black Sheep Coffee.

At the Whiteley Shopping Centre in Fareham, Hampshire, we advised on tenant mix for the exciting new centre which opened in May 2013. The latest letting in late 2016, was to Bar + Block by Whitbread, its first standalone restaurant in some 20 years; this complements a full, family-focused line up of well-known brands for the centre including Frankie & Benny’s, Harvester, Prezzo, Chimichanga, Dean’s Diner as well as Starbucks and Costa, and have since secured six of a further seven restaurants as part of Phase Two, which includes a 9 screen Cineworld, including Five Guys, Coast 2 Coast, Dim T and Pizza Express.

Following the provision of F&B advice for the complete redevelopment of Broadgate Circle, from feasibility through planning, design and leasing, we are now letting a series of temporary shipping containers to further enhance the stellar line up for this new restaurant quarter. They will join Hakkasan Group’s Michelin-starred Yauatcha, Jose Pizarro, ETM Group’s The Botanist, the first UK site for Crab Tavern, Aubaine, Shoryu Ramen, Franco Manca and Comptoir Libanais – many of which chose Broadgate Circle to open their first outlets in the City.

Shaftesbury Plc:

DCL advises niche central London developer Shaftesbury on its “urban villages” as well as on its increasing ownership in Soho, introducing innovative operators to complement the personality and retail offering of each area and ensuring an eclectic range of new food and drink offers.

Carnaby: Our latest deal in 2017 is to Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express, located on the second floor of Kingly Court, alongside Dirty Bones and Le Bab. Davis Coffer Lyons advises Shaftesbury on its food and beverage strategy and tenant mix. We’re delighted to have advised on the transformation of Carnaby which has become the dining destination of choice for the West End and is renowned for its exceptional mix of over 60 independent restaurants, new dining concepts and cafés. It has attracted significant attention and acclaim as one of the Capital’s most vibrant and exciting dining enclaves. 

We have also introduced a raft of exciting operators as part of a drive to evolve the food offer at the key Estates in Shaftesbury's portfolio, including:

Seven Dials:

  • Boki, Bread Ahead, Chick ‘n’ Sours, Saladpride, Vico, Marcus Wareing’s Tredwells and Timberyard
  • And in Neal’s Yard, The Barbary, Native, 26 Grains and Salad Pride joining Homeslice pizza and the Experimental Cocktail Club’s restaurant and wine bar Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels.

The Opera Quarter:

  • Angela Hartnett’s Café Murano
  • The Opera Tavern
  • Peyton & Byrne
  • Venetian bacaro and deli Augustus Harris
  • Champagne + Fromage 


  • Kiln (“So very much ‘where the London foodie scene is’ right now” Grace Dent, Evening Standard)
  • Kricket (“Kricket manages to feel new and distinct and exciting, and if we’re not talking about it as one of the restaurants of the year... I’ll be gobsmacked” Steve Dineen, City AM)
  • Temper (“One of the most exciting restaurants to open in London this year” Jay Rayner, The Observer)


We have been instructed by Shaftesbury as leisure agents for its £15 million development at the eastern gateway to Chinatown. A key part of the scheme will complement Chinatown’s existing F&B offering, with units ranging from 400 sq ft to 4,300 sq ft. The development is scheduled to complete late spring 2017.

Central Cross will provide a critical mass of commercial space that meets the aspirations of domestic and international operators seeking a flagship restaurant location in London’s West End. The restaurant element of Central Cross will create seven new restaurants, three with external seating, a first for Chinatown London. 

Capital & Counties:

DCL advises Capital & Counties as part of a team of specialists on the transformation of the world-famous Covent Garden Market and Piazza. Steering the estate to become a world-class destination for shopping, dining and entertainment, we provide consultancy and agency advice on the eating and drinking content from food retailing to new signature restaurant lettings, including:

  • Sushisamba at Covent Garden’s Opera Terrace. The new restaurant is 9,000 sq ft, for which Samba Brands is investing £4m to design and develop.
  • Petersham Nurseries - a prelet with the Surrey-­based homeware and garden store, whose restaurant once held a Michelin star. The business will occupy 16,000 sq ft in the new Kings Court development in Covent Garden, designed to transform the western side of the estate, unlocking the value creation opportunity on Floral Street.
  • The Ivy Market Grill and the London outpost of acclaimed New York restaurant Balthazar, as well as Lima Floral, the UK’s first Shake Shack and cult burger joint MEATMarket have all helped establish WC2 as London’s new gastro hotspot.

We are also advising on the improvement of eating, drinking and grazing offers at Olympia, the renowned exhibition and eventing area now under Capital & Counties ownership. We are embarking on the journey of the important role food and drink will play in the 11 million sq ft + development of Earls Court – a whole new piece of London which will evolve over the next 5 to 15 years.


After ten years advising the world’s largest retail property group with comprehensive consultancy and agency services prior to the group’s global flagship Westfield London, we are continuing to support Westfield through its £1bn plus extension project that will add a further 70 stores over 740,000 sq ft of high-quality retail anchored by a new John Lewis Department store.

Since advising on the original Westfield London store and securing 60 F&B outlets, we also helped deliver Westfield Stratford City, Europe’s largest urban shopping centre and the prestigious gateway to London’s Olympic Park, by securing over 70 eating and drinking offers throughout five distinct dining areas. In 2017 we have started working on a project to reinvigorate the offer at Great Eastern Market – Westfield’s unique take on a traditional food market – to keep the offer fresh and cutting edge.

In 2016, we also advised Westfield on the letting of its signature restaurant space at the new World Trade Center development, to premium steakhouse brand, Hawksmoor. The glass unit will overlook the WTC memorial 'reflection pools' and is set to open by the end of 2017.

We have also advised on Westfield Derby, Merry Hill and the redeveloped Friary Centre in Guildford, prior to its sale.

Derwent London:

In 2016 we were appointed by Derwent for its White Collar Factory and Morelands schemes, both in EC1. The former, a highly sustainable scheme has three restaurant units alongside its urban office campus and includes a 150 metre rooftop running track, a new landscaped public courtyard, and residential apartments. Old Street roundabout is becoming an increasingly interesting foodie location and we are incredibly excited to be working with Derwent London to deliver a unique and diverse restaurant offer in one of the most exciting developments happening at present in Central London. The Morelands building is a unique combination of warehouses and workspaces surrounding a rare u-shaped courtyard also located on Old Street.

John Lewis:

Providing ongoing advice to John Lewis’s leisure tenant mix, including a mix of seasonal food residencies at its rooftop dining experience, The Gardening Society at its flagship Oxford Street store and lettings to Benugo, Comptior Libanais and Rossopomodoro.

Greenwich Hospital: 

We are appointed by Greenwich Hospital to advise on the F&B element of its Greenwich town centre holdings, providing strategic advice with to continue to broaden and enhance the eating and drinking offer within the vibrant town centre, catering not only to the thriving visitor trade but also the local audience. Recent lettings include Honest Burger, Sticks n Sushi and Champagne + Fromage.

BMO Real Estate:

We are currently working with BMO Real Estate to evolve its F&B offer at Christopher’s Place in Marylebone. This has recently included a deal with ramen bar group Bone Daddies for a bespoke offering. We have more exciting operators to announce on James Street coming soon!

The Development & London Estates Leasing Team:

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Tracey Mills

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