One New Change is making the City slicker

Historic surroundings and modern architecture create a home for luxury and premium brands in the Square Mile. Here, the people who know One New Change best explain its unique appeal

One New Change has transformed the City of London’s retail and leisure landscape since it arrived in 2010. Occupying the site of a medieval market place, it is nestled next to Sir Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral and, with 561,200 sq ft of shopping, dining and leisure, has become the premier retail destination in one of the busiest, most vibrant parts of town.

Before One New Change opened in 2010, the Square Mile suffered from a dearth of high-quality retail and, at weekends, had the eerie feel of a ghost town. These days, it’s a thriving hub – open seven days a week and attracting everyone from City slickers to local residents and overseas visitors.

Designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel, who was also behind the Philharmonie de Paris and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, One New Change was a challenge to build. Nouvel had to respect protected lines of sight to St Paul’s from several key points within London. There was also, of course, a need to create a structure that was sympathetic to its much older neighbour. The resulting building is a sleek and understated brown and grey glass construction with geometric edges (designed to accommodate those sight lines to St Paul’s). Clever details such as the glass lifts and public rooftop also mean that the iconic suroundings are never far from view.

One New Change is home to luxury brands (Hackett, Boss by Hugo Boss), the best of the high street (Reiss, Cos, Kurt Geiger),  specialist stores (Fraser Hart, Ted’s Grooming Room, Protein Haus, Pure Sports Medicine), as well as several top-drawer restaurants and bars (Barbecoa, Madison). Worth a visit in it’s own right, then. But if you’re already in the neighbourhood, it also provides the luxury that’s often hardest to come by: time.

One New Change is three minutes’ walk from St Paul’s Underground station,

Thomas is wearing: Blue wool suit by TM Lewin; Navy wool rollneck by Hackett; Omega Speedmaster watch from Fraser Hart

Thomas Welsh, store manager at Fraser Hart

‘People who work in the City often do long hours, starting early and finishing late. Whether you want to pop to the shops, do click-and-collect, or just get some lunch, with One New Change you’ve got everything in one location – it’s so convenient. At Fraser Hart our watch collection is curated with our City customer in mind, with everything from entry level fashion watches, like Michael Kors or Gucci, to luxury brands like Breitling and TAG Heuer. If you’re just looking for a repair or a service, we can do it in a lunch break or after work.’

Sam is wearing: Navy wool jacket; green wool knitted jumper; White cotton T-Shirt, all by COS; Navy cotton drawstring trousers by Hugo Boss; White Converse sneakers by Office

Sam Burge, senior sous chef at Barbecoa

‘At Barbecoa we use smoke and fire to create amazing food, with only the freshest British produce. With the backing of Jamie Oliver’s expertise, we’ve taken everything back to basics, cooking over open fires and ensuring everything is about the flavour – from the 100-day aged steak to the seasonal vegetables. Whether you come for a business lunch or a Sunday roast with friends or family, it’s a great setting; the fact you can see St Paul’s from the window is a definite draw. The cathedral’s aspect changes throughout the day with  the sunlight, and at night it’s lit up. It’s such an iconic location.’

Charlotte is wearing: Blue wool rollneck; Grey cotton check trousers, both by Reiss

Charlotte Pilgrim, physiotherapist at Pure Sports Medicine

‘As a physio, being able to practice from One New Change is ideal. For a lot of Londoners, time is the one thing they’re short of. Being so close to where people work means they can come in before work or on their lunch break, have some soft tissue therapy, a massage, or see a sports doctor and then go straight to the office – without taking a chunk out of their day. We see a lot of people with sports injuries, of course, but sedentary office jobs can also cause muscular or skeletal issues. Our location makes it easy to get them checked out.’

Mounir is wearing: Green suede jacket by Reiss; Burgundy wool jumper; Dark green cotton trousers, both by COS; Shoes, Mounir’s own

Mounir Hazgui, bartender at Madison

‘The view from Madison is incredible. The bar is on the roof of One New Change, and right in front of St Paul’s. The cathedral looks especially stunning at sunset – that’s a good time for pictures. Obviously the rooftop comes into its own during long summer evenings, but it’s a great spot all year round. We have heaters, cosy faux fur throws and there’s often a DJ playing in the evening. On weekends we have Soul Sundays, and settle in with sharing roasts, red wine and live soul music.’