The lighter side of property

Property news with a light-hearted angle, plus news on charity work by people in the property industry.


Commotion in the ocean

11 January 2017

It may be one of the most unlikely places a Property Week interview has ever been conducted.


The proof of the Pudding Lane is in the baking

4 January 2017

Metropolis isn’t sure that Le Pain Quotidien can quite claim to be a phoenix rising from the ashes of London’s most famous fire, but just three-and-a-half centuries after its original bakery flamed out, London’s Pudding Lane has finally got itself a new baked-goods emporium.

Christmas party

The call of the wild...

7 December 2016

Metropolis is well aware that the property industry loves to indulge in the festive party season, so it wasn’t surprised to read the ‘research’ that dropped into its mailbox this week declaring: “Property professionals admit they plan to go wild at Xmas do”.

Cursitor Building

A tux inspector calls...

30 November 2016

Metropolis has been known to live by the lessons of Ron Burgundy in the past, but even we think Endurance Land’s Henry MacInnes took the concept of ‘staying classy’ too far when he conducted a recent viewing of The Cursitor Building in his full tuxedo and bow.

Tony Hawks

Crowd kept captivated by Cullen’s comical chronicles

24 November 2016

Stand-up comedian and author Tony Hawks kept the crowds entertained at MSCI/IPD’s annual bash in Brighton last week with tales of travelling around Ireland with a fridge, taking on the Moldovan football team at tennis and being mistaken for near-namesake Tony Hawk, the famous skateboarder.

separated at birth

John Torode

Separated at birth: John Torode and Ezra Nahome

Lambert Smith Hampton chief executive Ezra Nahome’s predictions in last week’s issue may not have made 2017 sound the tastiest of dishes, but who could argue with the concoctions whipped up by doppelgänger MasterChef host John Torode?


Women in property to pedElle through Portugal

11 January 2017

With more than 40% of Britons making health-related new year’s resolutions, Metropolis expects a lot of the sector will already be on their bikes, but Club Peloton is giving women in property a chance to take it a pedal stroke further on the Legal & General Real Assets pedElle 2017.

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards

LSH adopts Eagle-eyed approach

4 January 2017

With speculation rife about the impact of Brexit, the new US president and upcoming European elections on the property sector in 2017, it’s no surprise that Lambert Smith Hampton has turned to an expert in overcoming difficult situations for inspiration.


Yardley gets the last laugh among movers and shakers

15 December 2016

Christmas is the season for many outlandish antics but it was still a surprise to see Capco investment director Gary Yardley perched on the back of a Vespa with German stand-up comedian Henning Wehn at the end of the Movers & Shakers annual dinner.

Intu Birds

A bird’s-eye view of Christmas shoppers

14 December 2016

Birds of a feather flock together, and so do Britain’s festive shoppers, according to a new study from Intu.

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