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Rooftop restaurant with view of Edinburgh Castle available for lease

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A rooftop restaurant and bar space with views of the iconic Edinburgh Castle is being exclusively marketed by Colliers International.

After 22 years, James Thomson’s former Tower Restaurant at the top of Scotland’s most visited attraction, the National Museum of Scotland, has become available following its lease expiry this year. Located on the fifth floor, the new lease offers 1,674 square feet of indoor restaurant and bar space, and 2,174 square feet of outside terrace, that can be available from early 2021.

The National Museum of Scotland, located on Chambers Street in the historic Old Town (part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage site), welcomed more than 2.2 million visitors in 2019. It is also close to numerous landmarks such as the Greyfriars Bobby statue and Greyfriars Kirk, the National Library of Scotland, University of Edinburgh, George Heriot’s School and St Giles’ Cathedral.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for a new establishment to open up at the most popular tourist attraction in Scotland,” said Paul Shiells from the Licensed & Leisure team at Colliers International. “The National Museum of Scotland is open to considering either restaurant, bistro or bar tenants interested in leasing and developing the space.

“This is a beautiful restaurant setting at the top of this golden sandstone-clad building, with floor to ceiling glass overlooking the veranda providing uninterrupted views of the city. There’s an opportunity to expand the rooftop terrace’s use, to add more covers, or outside drinking areas. The tenant will also be offered opportunities to cater for events held within the museum.”

A spokesperson for The National Museum of Scotland said: “The Tower Restaurant was a great success for the past two decades, and while we were sad to see it close we are looking forward to welcoming a new tenant to work with us in partnership to provide an offering that reflects the quality and reputation of the museum as a 5-star visitor attraction and the most visited tourist attraction in Scotland.”

A base rent is sought, calculated as a percentage of total turnover, supported by a guaranteed minimum annual payment. The restaurant can be accessed by a ground-floor lift through the sentinel-like rotunda entrance. Secondary access is also available by staircase. Also included in the lease is a 1,565 square foot kitchen in the sub-basement and access to a store space.

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Paul Shiells


Licensed and Leisure


Paul is a Chartered Surveyor who has significant experience in the licensed and leisure sectors. He is active in single and portfolio valuations, lease renewals and rent reviews (including arbitrations), undertakes expert witness work, provides development advice, acts on agency matters (sales, acquisitions and lettings),  and advises on alternative use situations.

He acts for a wide variety of national and local, large and small operators, publicly funded bodies, landlords, developers, tenants, trustees, administrators, liquidators, banks  and financiers.  His current sector involvement includes Bars, Public Houses, Restaurants and Leisure, though he specialises in all aspects of commercial licensed and leisure work.

He is the Director in charge of the Licensed and Leisure department in Scotland, liaising with the national team located in offices throughout the UK.

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Kim Inam

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I'm a communications professional who has previously worked as a journalist for eight years covering a broad range of topics including politics, crime, health and housing in north London. In recent years I have worked in corporate communications for local authorities across London  and joined Colliers in October 2019, initially providing maternity leave cover.

I provide strategic public relations advice to various business lines within the UK organisation to secure recognition for their work in the property press as well as key target media, and work with our experts to produce thought leadership pieces which are of interest to our clients and colleagues within the commercial real estate sector. In addition, alongside colleagues in the PR and wider communications team, I provide media and social media training for our in-house experts to prepare them for media opportunities and raise their personal brand within the sector.

As well as supporting various teams within the UK business, I also I curate and edit regular content for the blog, which drives credible business leads to our experts.


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