LONDON 2016 SAFARI
Meet the post Brexit London. Confident. Optimistic. Affluent. The most independent of European cities prosper on regenerated cultural and commercial energy.
The commercial, financial and business centre of Europe is the ideal place to see what is new and next.
Renting a London apartment has never been so attracting in the last 10 years. London apartments rents have always been more than two times the national average.
First, the British capital is not experiencing the same level of austerity as most European cities.
Second, due to the favourable GBP/Eur exchange rate apartment that in May and June costed 5260 Eur per month, now cost 4640 Eur.
Third, the serviced apartment industry competition has increased due to the Pre-Brexit atmosphere and monthly rate decreased of 5% bringing the 4640 Eur to 4400 Eur per month.
London is thriving. 300 edgy buildings and skyscrapers to be completed within next 3 years. Fascinating symbols of future trends such as Apart-Naissance can be observed among Expats’ favourite areas: Covent Garden, Soho, The City, Richmond, Canary Wharf.
After Brexit, London raises. Daring to look even more rebellious and anti-conformist. 83 designers and 150 presentations will take the stage in September.
Future design directions take the field in London, with the Fashion month just started, Regent Street has recently seen huge rebranding by luxury brands and highly specialized marketing agencies.
Many streets of Covent Garden and Soho are live galleries and hubs of creativity.
UK Fashion industry is valued 28bn GBP with a growth rate of 8%. All of this before the boom of retail sales and new productions planned, Caroline Rush, CEO of the British Fashion Council:
“We did not want the European Union’s output. But now we need to think about the opportunities it offers. The decline of the pound promotes purchases by tourists and the return to UK manufacturing. ”
London speaks Italian, not only in the Fashion week.
September saw the official opening of the Mercato Metropolitano, located between Waterloo and London Bridge.
The market merges the conviviality of the Spitalfields Market with the interior atmosphere of Leadenhall Market and the social wellness street style of Covent Garden.
This Italian style market is based on the principle of the HyperViviality, which succeded at 2015 Expo in Milan. The format is the same as the one that from May to December 2015 had led to Milan three million people: kiosks and carts style street food, benches and planks style lunch venues, symbiotic dinners and regenerative drinks.
Food at all hours and direct sale: the market, opened from July in a former paper factory of five thousand meters in the south to Elephant & Castle, is now officially opened, after a break-in period.
Summer Sky Riviera at the Gherkin
Summer Sky Riviera on the 40th floor of the the Gherkin skyscraper, was designed by the global famous architect Lord Foster. As the name might suggest, it’s designed after the French Riviera. Located in the heart of City Tower Hill the place is bursting with South European vibes and it became a way of life for the HyperViviality trend lovers.
The interior décor will make you feel like if you are dining in south of France. Decorated with Olive Trees, and other Mediterranean plants, the place host also a ‘’French market’’ and a pool.
Ron Arad’s Curtain Call
The 360˚ Curtain Call appeared for the first time in London in 2011. And It appeared again last august on the 50th anniversary of the Roundhouse in Camden.
Composed of about 6000 silicon rods linked to a 20 metre ring anchored to the ceiling, visitors who step in this multi-sensory art composition enjoy the therapeutic benefits of an immersive visual and sound experience.
Ritual Cosmetics Covent Garden
If energy, inspiration and an experimental attitude are typical values of the Post-Brexit London. Then it should not surprise you that Ritual Cosmetics, which has just opened a flagship store in Covent Garden, offers herbal tea at walking in customers and free hand and arm massages.
Plus, every new season walking in customers will experience new fun in-store activities.