Shaftesbury plc

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Shaftesbury PLC
Traded asLSESHB
IndustryReal estate
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Key people
Jonathan Nicholls, Chairman
Brian Bickell, CEO
Simon Quayle, Property Director
Tom Welton, Property Director
Chris Ward, Finance Director
ProductsLondon West End restaurants, leisure and retail
RevenueIncrease £122.1 million (2018)[1]
Decrease £207.8 million (2018)[1]
Decrease £175.5 million (2018)[1]

Shaftesbury PLC is a British real estate investment trust which invests exclusively in the heart of London's West End. Its portfolio, which extends to over 14.5 acres, includes 584 restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops across 1.1 million sq. ft. which together provide 70% of rental income. It is headquartered in London, traded on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.[2][3]


Shaftesbury was founded in 1986[4]as a private company by the Levy family, with an initial injection of £10 million. The family had a long history in UK real estate, having founded the London-based estate agency DE & J Levy, and co-founded the major post-war development company The Stock Conversion and Investment Trust, in the 1940s.[5]

The company's first property acquisition was a group of 26 buildings in London's Chinatown.[6]

The company secured a listing on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in October 1987 when it was valued at £26 million. In its early years, the company had a UK-wide investment strategy but, following the UK real estate recession of 1990 to 1993, it focussed its investment activity solely in London's West End.[7]


Chinatown in London where the company owns over 100 buildings

Shaftesbury's portfolio extends to nearly 15 acres in London's West End.[8] It comprises nearly 600 buildings, located close to the West End's major visitor attractions, and mainly clustered in Carnaby Street, Seven Dials and Chinatown, together with substantial ownerships in east and west Covent Garden, Soho and Charlotte Street. In addition, the company has a 50% interest in a further 1.9 acres in Covent Garden, held in its Longmartin joint venture.[9] In late 2017, the company increased its investment in the Seven Dials, London area.[10]

Of the company's rental income, 70% comes from 282 restaurants, cafes and pubs and 302 shops, which have a combined area of 1.1 million sq. ft. In addition, it owns 0.4 million sq. ft. of office space (17% of rental income) and 562 rental apartments (13% of rental income).[1]

Its property interests were independently-valued at £3.7 billion at 30 September 2018.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Annual Report 2018" (PDF). Shaftesbury plc. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Shaftesbury PLC (SHB.L)". City Wire. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  3. ^ "The World's Biggest Public Companies". Forbes. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  4. ^ "On property: Key project for Quintain is to build up investor confidence". The Standard. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Peter Levy and family". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Chinatown". Shaftesbury plc. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  7. ^ "History". Shaftesbury PLC. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  8. ^ Curry, Rhiannon (9 February 2018). "Shaftesbury's biggest shareholder votes against plans to give the company more freedom to raise cash". The Telegraph.
  9. ^ "Shaftesbury (SHB)". Interactive Investor. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Shaftesbury buys more Seven Dials space". The Draper. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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