Kay & Co’s guide to buying British this summer

2016 is a great year to celebrate ‘Best of British’, especially with the Queen’s 90 birthday and quintessentially British sporting events on the horizon, such as Wimbledon, Royal Ascot, and the Henley Royal Regatta.

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Central London estate agents Kay & Co sell and rent properties which are served by some wonderful British retail institutions, where first-class customer service and quality are guaranteed. Here’s our guide to buying British in Central London this summer.

Hyde Park Estate
William Mansell
Based in Connaught Street, this local jewellers and horologists was established in 1864, which means some 152 years of repair, restoration and sales of clocks, watches, jewellery, silverware, barometers and barographs.

William Mansell was born into a family of silversmiths and jewellers. He started working with his uncles as an apprentice under the business name Crate & Mansell. In 1911, Alfred Crate and William Mansell went their separate ways and Mansell took on the lease at Connaught Street. After William’s death, a family friend together with William’s son-in-law made sure the business continued. Today the name William Mansell is known internationally.

Whiteleys Shopping Centre
In 1845, an ambitious Yorkshire man named William Whiteley left his home in Leeds to seek success in London. At only 24, Whiteley had a dream to create a store in London that could offer the public anything and everything. By 1875 he had started to buy up shops in the area and in 1899, his business obtained a listing on the London Stock Exchange. However, tragedy struck when Whiteley was murdered in his own store. His two sons endeavoured to keep their father’s dream alive and eventually the Lord Mayor of London opened Whiteley’s store in 1912, incorporating several of William Whiteley’s original shops. The new Whiteleys opened its doors on 26th July 1989, offering just what William had dreamed of, everything and anything.

Regent’s Park
Markson Pianos
If you are looking for anything piano related, this famous store, founded in 1910 and in its third-generation of family ownership, is a must. It specialises in the sale and hire of new and second hand acoustic, digital, upright and grand pianos. Its services include maintenance, restoration, removal and tuning, as well as supplying the latest technology that the music industry has to offer.

Paul Rothe & Son
This Marylebone delicatessen was established in 1900 by Paul Rothe. Paul Rothe & Son is now in its fourth generation, with his grandson Paul and his great grandson Stephen serving behind the counter. If you’re feeling hungry, this is the place to go for a freshly prepared take-out sandwich, bowl of soup, jacket potato or samosa. You can also stock your larder with its delicious jams, marmalades, pickles and sauces.

If you are looking for a Central London property to buy or rent in the W1 or W2 areas, contact us today about booking some viewings. We can create a schedule that allows time to browse some of the ‘Best of British’ stores.

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