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PizzaExpress, Urban Leisure and Scoffs to open in London's Paddington

10 August 2015 by
PizzaExpress, Urban Leisure and Scoffs to open in London's Paddington

Restaurant and bar groups PizzaExpress, Urban Leisure Group and Scoffs are to take over 10,000 sq ft of space at the new Merchant Square development in London's Paddington.

PizzaExpress has let a 3,600 sq ft double-height space on the ground floor of 3 Merchant Square, with plans to open in August. Urban Leisure Group has taken a 5,000 sq ft unit, set to open a boutique bar and restaurant next to the Grand Union Canal in autumn 2015, while British tapas chain Scoffs has taken a 2,100 sq ft space at 4 Merchant Square.

The overall development will comprise six mixed-used buildings when complete, including the 42-storey skyscraper 1 Merchant Square, which will include a boutique hotel, apartments, 600 residential units and 500,000 sq ft of office space.

Richard Banks, chief executive of European Land, the development manager of the Merchant Square scheme, said: "The food offering at Merchant Square is an asset to the area. We are very pleased to welcome a further three tenants to the extensive development in the heart of Paddington, which is already a vibrant urban quarter in which to work, live and spend time."

The opening for PizzaExpress comes in the global chain's 50th anniversary year, while the Urban Leisure Group is headed up by Hezi Yechiel and Dan Kattan and operates a host of London bars including Café Libre, Graphic, the Alice House, the Gallery, the Adelaide and the Central & Co Brasserie and Bar.

Scoffs was founded in 2012 by Gordon Ramsay's estranged father-in-law Chris Hutcheson, and his son Adam.

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