Chain eateries aren’t our favourite places, but we’re usually delighted when a much favoured restaurant decides it’s time to expand and opens a second (or third, or fourth…) outlet. Especially if the original is often booked up or packed out, or on the wrong side of town. Fortunately, there seems to be a veritable splurge of new branch openings coming up in the next few weeks. Here they are, in chronological order:
Burger & Lobster (above)
Fifth Floor, Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ.
Opens: November 6
Does just what it says on the tin. Steadily spreading its claws across town, with branches in Soho, Mayfair, Farringdon, the City and – now – Knightsbridge.
Sticks n Sushi
11 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8PY.
Opens: November 9
The Danish sushi chain has obviously done so well in Wimbledon that it’s decided to make a move on the centre of town – Covent Garden, to be exact.
Tommi’s Burger Joint
342 Kings Road, SW3 5UR.
Opens: mid November
A second branch, this time in Chelsea, for the back-to-basics Icelandic burger restaurant.
141 Tooting High Street, SW17 0SY.
Opens: November 22
The south London spin-off of the hugely popular and trendy Kentish Town rotisserie chicken place (part of the Soho House group).
98 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 4TR.
Opens: late November
London’s favourite pizza parlour opens its first West End branch – and sixth in total. Will it continue to duplicate the success of the Brixton Market original?
127 King’s Road, SW3 4PW.
Opens: late November/early December
Seating 100 across two floors, with a similar burger menu to the Soho original, as well as brunch.
Wright Brothers Spitalfields
8-9 Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6EA.
Opens: December 2
The third branch of the oyster and fish specalist (after Borough Market and Soho) will have a tank containing live shellfish, and a marble bar serving cocktails and craft beers.
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