Lendlease has announced a flurry of new independent signings and openings at its thriving Zone 1 London neighbourhood, Elephant Park. Asian Street Food restaurant and bar NOKO and Venezuelan all-day eatery Arepa & Co have signed for their second and fifth London locations respectively, whilst Kiki and Miumiu, the independent food market specialising in pan-Asian produce, has launched its upsized store.

NOKO has selected Elephant Park’s casual dining zone, Sayer Street, for a second location, joining its site in Camberwell. With 60 covers inside and 15 outside, the 1,710 sq ft restaurant will serve NOKO’s fusion Japanese, Chinese, and Korean inspired cuisine, including a variety of dumplings, noodles, flame-grilled robata, and fried chicken.

The home of Venezuelan food in the capital, Arepa & Co will be joining Ash Avenue, Elephant Park’s lifestyle hub. Celebrating an all-day offering of authentic Venezuelan flavours and ingredients, the 2,000 sq ft restaurant will serve traditional sweetcorn cachapas, cornbread arepas, and small plates including yuca fries and pastelitos to up to 100 covers, including 25 outside.

Following two hugely successful years at Elephant Park, independent food market Kiki & Miumiu has launched its upsized store on the convenience-focused Walworth Road, more than doubling its footprint to 4,745 sq ft. Elevating the brand’s offer is the addition of a grab-and-go Taiwanese bubble tea concept, T4, alongside its much-loved authentic products across the ESEA region.

Guy Thomas, Head of Retail & Place Assets at Lendlease, commented: “As a thriving, community-focused London neighbourhood, it is important for us to bolster Elephant Park’s blend of independent operators, to the benefit of our local area. NOKO, Arepa & Co, and Kiki and Miumiu were all born out of South or East London, and that local connection makes them ideal brands for the high street environments we have created at Elephant Park. Welcoming three independent businesses to the destination, one of which has recommitted and invested in Elephant Park, is a brilliant way to kick off the new year and we look forward to Noko and Arepa & Co’s openings.”

Yan He, Operations Manager at NOKO, added: “Having launched our business in South London and establishing roots in Camberwell, we are really excited to be given the opportunity to open a second site within the community of Elephant Park. The destination has a reputation for world flavours, and we look forward to showcasing the best of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean food and drink.”

Nash Bond, CF Commercial and Shelley Sandzer represented Lendlease.


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