Independent retailer Bob’s Lobster will be one of the first to open its doors in late May. The seafood specialists will make London Bridge its first permanent home having built up a successful business serving food from an adapted VW Camper Van.
It will join other smaller retailers, such as South African food and drink store The Savanna, which is already trading in St Thomas Street. Lebanese restaurant Comptoir Libanais will open in the autumn.
London Bridge also saw the recent opening of a brand new retail concept in Urban Express, which offers products from premium UK brands, including wine, ready meals, books and much more.
The Book Shop and high street favourite Greggs will join the station in May and July respectively, and further cater for the increased consumer appetite for on-the-go shopping.
The station was officially reopened by His Royal Highness Prince William on 9 May following a £1bn revamp, part of the Thameslink Programme, which includes a range of improvements including a huge new concourse, modern facilities, two new entrances on Tooley Street, and 15 fully accessible platforms.
It will also see 92,000 sq ft of new retail space and more than 70 retail units – the most ever in a Network Rail station. The opening of other major food and beverage brands is expected to be announced in due course.
Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail for Network Rail Property, said: “At Network Rail we work in partnership to create modern railway stations that are also destinations in their own right – places for people to shop, eat, socialise and travel.
“At London Bridge we’ve taken this ethos and our expertise to produce a great station environment and we are working to match that with a retail offer that exceeds people’s expectations.
“Retail and dining forms an important part of this experience, and we’re proud that these exciting brands will be coming to the station. We always aim for our stations to include a diverse and eclectic mix of retailers, food and beverage outlets that our customers want.”