BL adds to Paddington F&B offer

Three new brands sign at Paddington Central and along the Grand Union Canal.

London Shell Co, the independent seafood restaurant, is to open a second restaurant barge, moored on the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Central. Vagabond, the wine merchant and bar, has committed to 3,000 sq ft of space along the canal, complementing the existing canal-side pubs and restaurants including Beany Green and Darcie & May Green. And Pure, the healthy food chain, will take 1,100 sq ft at 2 Kingdom Street, joining Department of Coffee, Coco Di Mama and Lords of Poké.

Since acquiring Paddington Central in 2013, British Land has invested nearly £100m into the transformation of the campus including upgrading the public realm, developing 4 Kingdom Street and boosting the retail and leisure offering, with 10 new retailers added to the campus in the last 18 months.

Tim Haddon, British Land’s head of Paddington Central, said: “Our investment into Paddington continues to attract exciting, new brands, further enhancing the neighbourhood’s vibrancy for the local community, customers and visitors to enjoy. London Shell Co.’s expansion and Vagabond’s arrival will provide further enlivenment along the canal and boost the neighbourhood’s seven day-a-week offering.”

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