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Our Week at London Land
After arriving in the office at 8.30, I get up to speed with emails from the weekend. Once this has been done I head off to inspect one of our private homes in Knightsbridge. On returning to the office I update the private home inspection log on our system. On receiving an emergency call from a tenant reporting a leak in a house that I manage in Belgravia, I quickly co-ordinate a contractor who is able to attend immediately. I jump in an uber and meet him on site to assist with the investigation.
From there I head straight to Battersea to meet with a private client where we discussed preparations for their stay over Christmas and dressing the house for the festive period. Heading back to the office, I book a check in and pre-tenancy clean for a new tenant moving in to one of our properties for let in Chelsea.
I spend the rest of the afternoon at one of our mews houses in Knightsbridge where I am overseeing extensive basement works.
A particularly busy week for me due to Design week in London. I started my day in the office, going through emails and checking in with the rest of the London Land team.
Then off to Decorex I went, the highlight of design week for me as it is a great place to gain inspiration, check in with current suppliers to view their new collections and of course source new talent. My favourite stands this year were Julian Chichester, Vanderhurd and Robert Langford, all three bursting with colour and some beautiful pieces of furniture.
After Decorex I headed back to the office, checked my emails and updated our Twitter and Instagram pages, both for London Land Management and London Land Interiors. In the evening I attended the FBC London showroom event, where I viewed their new kitchen, furniture and lighting collections. A lovely evening spent networking with other designers and suppliers in a very cool and contemporary space, I went home with a real creative buzz.
I started off the day by heading straight to one of our refurbishment sites in Chelsea where I met with our main contractor. We walked through the site ironing out any queries the builder had and making sure that all preparation had been done in order for the installation of the windows to go smoothly later on that day. The kitchen designer then joined us with the marble templater to measure the worktop area and splashback which is being made out of a lightly veined Carrara Marble.
In the afternoon I a meeting with PEEK Architecture looking over planning applications for a future project. That evening I attended a formal dinner at the Reform Club on Pall Mall which I was very kindly invited to by Sinclair Johnston, the Structural Engineering company we use. It was a great opportunity to make some new contacts as well as promote the work we do here at the London Land Group.
Not necessarily an ‘average’ day for me, since I made a brief trip to Singapore! I was fortunate to see a good friend for dinner last night at Din Tai Fung in Paragon, ridiculously good dumplings with no less than 18 folds I’m told!
Three meetings in Singapore today and I was fortunate to be able to schedule all of them in the wonderful Shangri La Hotel. Each time I come to Singapore you learn something new and meeting face to face with clients is always productive, as well as enjoyable.
The impressive efficiency of Changi airport makes these fleeting trips all the more manageable!
On Friday’s I always inspect some of the private homes we manage in Belgravia and Knightsbridge. On Thursday evening a client informed us that they were arriving in London the next day! So in order to prepare the house I filled the fridge with their requests and had to switch a few things around so our cleaner could attend last minute.
This week we had a new property to be let, so I dressed the property with our accessories. Our client also wanted the beds to be dressed so using our trade discounts I had ordered all the linen for the beds to be made.
Charlotte and I also headed over to One Tower Bridge in the afternoon to inspect some flats we manage in the development, the views over London never fail to amaze me!
After a busy week we had a quick brief of logistics before we ran our Spartan Reebok race for charity on Saturday!