José adds to his Bermondsey kingdom as London chefs double and treble up

José Pizarro is to open his third restaurant in Bermondsey Street this summer. Called Lolo, his sixth London venue will be an all-day operation and his first to serve breakfast.

The launch comes as the influential chef – who was recently awarded a Spanish knighthood – celebrates 25 years in London. With its close proximity to his tapas bar José and restaurant Pizarro, it also confirms his position as ‘Rey de Bermondsey’.

A number of other hospitality movers and shakers are also opening new venues across London to capitalise on success. Among them are Aidan Bryan and Tom Blackshaw, who have opened a second branch of their three-year-old Brixton venture Sushi Revolution, in Curtain Road, Shoreditch.

This week, Josh and Paul Katz, best known for Berber & Q, opened a second branch of their Queen’s Park Middle Eastern venue Carmel, in Fitzrovia, while next week sees Soho’s Lina Stores branching out into South Kensington for its seventh site.

In a variation on the theme, Westminster Indian restaurant Yaatra – run by restaurateur Tina English and executive chef Amit Bagyal – has installed an ‘Indo-Chinese’ restaurant called Shanghai Noir in its basement.

And the three Gladwin brothers, operators of the farm-to-fork group Local & Wild, have made up for the recent closure of their Fat Badger in Richmond with the announcement that they are to open their first pub, The Pig’s Ear, in Chelsea later this year, restoring their London estate to five venues.

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