London’s Strand Lights Up For Christmas
The Strand has been decorated with its own Christmas lights for the very first time, thanks to the Northbank BID and support from local businesses. This is the latest in a series of initiatives led by the BID and supported by the Duchy aimed at positioning the Northbank as a destination to rival other areas of the capital such as South Bank and Covent Garden.
As the owner of the historic Savoy estate along the Strand and down to the embankment, as well as being both a significant landlord and tenant, the Duchy of Lancaster is totally committed to the principle of making the Northbank a ‘go-to’ destination for commercial tenants, retailers and tourists. Duchy representatives take an active role in the BID and have a seat on the Freeholders Group and the Strand Project Group. In order to facilitate the erection of the lights, the Duchy granted a wayleave across two of its larger tenanted office buildings on the Strand, Wellington House and Norman House.
Commenting on the ‘big switch-on’ completed by the cast of the West End hit Mamma Mia, Duchy Head of Urban Mike Andrews said: “This area is full of beautiful buildings, vibrant bars and restaurants and thriving businesses. Anything which encourages more people to visit the Northbank has to be good news for those who live and work here. We applaud the BID for getting the lights up for the first time ever here on the Strand and look forward to supporting many more such initiatives in the New Year.”