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We are Druce

We are Druce

Our History

Druce was founded in 1822 by draper and upholsterer Thomas Charles Druce. The company started out as a furniture and antiques dealership based in London’s Marylebone district.

In the 1840s, Thomas acquired the furniture department at the nearby Baker Street Bazaar and when he died in 1864, his son Herbert Druce took over the business.

During the 19th century, the company expanded into a department store and an estate agency and today, real estate is the sole remaining part of the company, with Druce’s headquarters and six branch offices situated in the heart of the British capital.

2022 marks our bicentenary year and we are going from strength to strength, with the local knowledge, professional expertise and deep community connection that’s become a hallmark of our business.

OUR PROPERTY EXPERTISE

At Druce, we pride ourselves on our reputation for trying to recognise and maximise the full potential of residential properties in Central London.

Our sales and lettings teams have exceptional, in-depth knowledge of prime residential property and new developments in the capital. They have worked through various economic climates and have a profound understanding of the property market.

With such a high level of expertise, you can rest assured we know the dynamics of the real estate business inside out.

OUR LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

When it comes to London-living, our agents have exceptional insight into their local areas — everything from transport links to schools, to the best local boutiques and cafés. In fact, their bedrock of expertise means they’re viewed as a trusted community presence.

OUR INTERNATIONAL REACH

The prime Central London residential market attracts buyers from all over the world, and Druce has the reach to showcase its prestigious properties globally. In addition to our London offices, we have regional headquarters in Singapore and Dubai, giving us presence in these local markets as well as further afield, across the Middle East and Asia. Together with online promotion, we have the potential to reach a worldwide audience.

OUR PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY

Druce is a strong, local, independent and well-established business with a reputation for integrity and professionalism.

Druce is a voluntary member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA). Our membership of ARLA & NAEA assures our customers that Druce maintains the highest standards of conduct and best practice. For more information, visit www.tpos.co.uk

Druce holds Client Money Protection (CMP) through Propertymark (ARLA). CMP guarantees that, in the unlikely event that your client funds are affected during your lettings transaction, you will be covered for the value of the funds. To view our current certificate, click here. For more information on Propertymark CMP, click here.

We are also a member of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) a government-approved tenancy deposit protection scheme operated by The Dispute Service Ltd. For more information, visit www.thedisputeservice.co.uk

Druce is a member of the Property Ombudsman. If a dispute cannot be resolved between consumer and agent, the scheme offers a free, independent resolution service.

TESTIMONIALS

  • Druce have been reliable at finding tenants for my properties for several decades. They keep the hassle to a minimum and are a pleasure to deal with. AB, landlord 
  • I have worked in the relocation business for many years and always contact Druce when searching for property in the Marylebone area. They act with friendly professionalism whilst having an excellent knowledge of their properties and landlords. In my experience they go the extra mile, which leads to successful negotiations and happy tenants. Sue Glazebrook
  • Druce struck us as well connected, with a good understanding of the local market, and reliable. The small, close-knit sales team worked incredibly hard to generate viewings, which were converted into offers. The team guided us through the whole sales process, providing reassurance when it was needed. David G
  • The Druce team were extremely helpful, courteous and professional throughout. I found the experience of selling my house through Druce delightful and stress-free. Jacqueline F
  • I can highly recommend the letting team from Druce estate agents. They not only find me top-notch corporate tenants but are always friendly and efficient to work with. They understand that letting a flat is only one part of the equation and always assist with any ongoing matters. I am thrilled to have found such a competent team as they make my life much easier. Marylebone landlady

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

We’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to talk to one of our agents about sales, lettings, or a complimentary market appraisal of your property, please contact us.

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Latest News:

Druce expands its London footprint with five new branches Central London estate agency Druce has expanded its base with the acquisition of Bective, one of the capital's premier estate agencies. Established in 1822, Marylebone-based Druce has taken over all five of Bective's branches: Kensington, Chelsea, Brook Green, Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill. The branch offices have been rebranded and now form part of the larger Druce business. Druce's CEO, Robert Bartlett, commented, "This acquisition has enabled us to rapidly expand our presence within Central London, increasing our footprint to six agencies across several prime locations. Bective’s heritage is aligned with our own, and we feel that the combined entity will allow us to reintroduce the Druce brand in the capital."