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London's West End

Shaftesbury Capital invests in the heart of London’s West End including Covent Garden, Carnaby, Soho and Chinatown.

Why we invest in London’s West End

Our property portfolio, valued at £4.8 billion, extends to 2.9 million square feet of lettable space across the most vibrant areas of London’s West End

London is a leading global city and has long demonstrated its enduring appeal as one of the world’s greatest cities; it has the largest economy of any Western European city. Additionally, there is a substantial population in south east England within easy commuting or visiting distance.

The breadth of its economy encompasses:

  • a leading global commercial centre
  • a major hub for creative industries, from technology to media
  • a globally-recognised location for education and research
  • home to world-class visual and performing arts facilities
  • diverse and vibrant residential communities
  • an unrivalled variety of heritage and cultural attractions which draw large numbers of domestic and international visitors

At the heart of the city, the West End is a world-class destination for innovative and accessible dining, shopping, leisure, entertainment and culture with approximately 43 theatres and over 10,000 hotel keys across the district, attracting approximately 200 million domestic and international visitors per annum. Its huge working and residential population provides a regular, daily customer base for its hospitality, retail and leisure businesses.

We are invested in the heart of London’s West End, establishing and extending our ownership in high footfall areas, close to major employment locations, transport hubs and visitor attractions. We adopt a disciplined approach to investment to deliver long-term income and value growth through investment, curation and responsible stewardship, benefitting all stakeholders and contributing to the success of the West End.

The West End, and our portfolio in particular, provides the prospect of high occupancy, low capital requirements and reliable, growing long-term cash flows. Whilst the buildings we buy tend to contain a mix of uses, we prefer those which either have, or have the potential for, hospitality, retail or leisure-led uses on the lower floors.

At the heart of London’s transport network, our properties are close to the main West End Underground stations, within ten minutes’ walk of the two West End transport hubs for the Elizabeth Line at Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street, where passenger traffic has increased significantly, as well major main line transport including Charing Cross Station and Waterloo Station.

Our iconic destinations provide a seven-days-a-week trading environment and exposure to an extensive and diverse local, domestic and international customer base which has proven to be resilient throughout economic cycles. There is a broad pool of domestic and international investors attracted to prime West End real estate.