There was limping and groaning at Ludgate House last Friday — the day after a five-a-side football outing that hurt limbs and pride.
Former Drivers Jonas managing partner Nick Shepherd demonstrated an unlikely subject of expertise at last week’s annual Mayfair Capital Investment Management charity quiz: the line-up of boy band One Direction.
Poor William Hill. The former head of property at fund manager Schroders was looking forward to getting his handicap down on the golf course following his retirement, only to break his foot on his first day out of the hot seat last month, managing to go over on it while pacing through the City.
The Cannes International Tennis Tournament held during MAPIC proved an epic battle this year with the sudden-death, single-set final that finished with a 9-7 (no tie break) victory for Sebastiano Jaksetich (SJ International) and Pieter Van de Voorst Vader (McArthurGlen) over runners-up Luca de Ambrosis Ortigara (DEA Real Estate Advisor) and David Atcherley-Symes (Land Securities).
Some grads would chop off their right arms for work experience at the UK’s biggest property consultancies.
Ludgate thinks she spied a property professional getting a makeover at Broadgate London’s Halloween Horror Salon last week at its o ces in the City of London.
Here is the final result of Octobeard — the residential team at CBRE’s precursor to Movember.
Proving they are not just pretty faces, Shaun Simons, Ricky Blair and Michael Raibin, of City fringe agency Hatton Real Estate (and Property Week’s Hot 100 and Hottie 100 fame), were summoned to 10 Downing Street last week to discuss the Tech City property market with senior advisers to prime minister David Cameron.
A giant beach ball that had been tethered to the roof of a Derwent London property on Old Street Roundabout that will become the White Collar Factory, broke free and bounced around in the rain early Monday morning.
This week’s lookalikes are creative types who have made their home in London.
A Property Week journalist scanned his inbox while off duty late one night and saw an email purporting to be from Tamar — the real estate investment and asset management company established by Rob Brook that was taken over by Patrizia Immobilien in May.
Ludgate thinks that Hannah Moxon, a recently appointed graduate surveyor in the natural resources division of Harworth Estates, bears a striking resemblance to Harry Potter and Bling Ring actress Emma Watson.
Ready, steady, grow! It’s still Movember.
Last week, Ludgate asked readers why sunflower seeds pose a health and safety risk and the industry didn’t fail to come up with several explanations.
A 20-strong group from Rapleys are taking part in this year’s annual Movember challenge.
John Miles, equity partner of the intownand investment departmentat CWM & Partners, wrote inconsternation to Ludgate last week.
Tom Bridgman, senior surveyor at Gerald Eve, wrote to Ludgate claiming that George Underwood, partner in the firm’s national investment team, could have been mistaken for the evening’s entertainment at the firm’s recent away day.
Ludgate attended the launch of the autumn/winter 2013 issue of Candy & Candy’s Candy magazine on 15 October, where she made merry with the industry’s finest.
What’s that sound coming from the City of London, Ludgate hears you ask.
Following the comment by Chris Dawson, CEO of the Range, at last week’s Accessible Retail Conference that “Shakespeare would be hard pressed to add theatre” to the retailer’s operations, Ludgate has uncovered drama and intrigue in the company’s history to boot.
A few months ago, Ludgate caught Savills’ Peter Gerald in the one-man play by Barry Fantoni, Picasso is Coming … Ce Soir.