Prop. Notes: our Proprietor on Patisserie Valerie, James Mason, Nick Candy and Frank Warren – The Property Chronicle
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Prop. Notes: our Proprietor on Patisserie Valerie, James Mason, Nick Candy and Frank Warren

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My granny only bought shares in companies whose shops or goods she liked. She would not have invested in Patisserie Valerie. Steve Francis and his new management team will, no doubt, have a long ‘to-do’ list but they could start by cleaning the floors, tables and loos more regularly ,replacing the utterly useless and infuriating wafer-thin paper napkins and setting the tables a little further apart than those on a budget airline.

It is a close-run thing but the two dirtiest Patisserie Valerie shops I have sat in were Edgware Road and Spital fields. In a world where people now work in cafés and eat in offices I am sure Causeway Capital will make money on its £13 million purchase, but I will be walking past.

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When London is in a film I like to identify the location, sometimes risking death by pause button. Perennial producers’ favourites like Lincoln’s Inn and Carlton Gardens (see Netflix’s The Crown) are easy spots but, over Christmas,I watched three films where rather different bits of London got to star.






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About Stephen Yorke

Stephen Yorke

After Cambridge University and a few years at the Commercial/Chancery Bar, Stephen spent two years in John Major’s Political Office at Number 10. He then laboured on the FX/ Bond trading floors of two investment banks during the 1990s. In 2004 he founded (and ran until this year) a small Real estate Fund management company. In 2017 he founded 'The Property Chronicle' and is now a new boy publisher.

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