Rebecca Wayman

International Quarter London expands retail offering with two new indie hospitality operators

IQL (International Quarter London), the £2.4bn joint venture development between Lendlease and LCR, has signed two independent food and drink operators to Stratford’s newest mixed-use neighbourhood.

Signorelli and Figo will take 1,146 sq ft and 3,024 sq ft spaces respectively, joining recently opened Tonkotsu and Pret a Manger.

The news reinforces the joint venture partners’ commitment to bringing local talent to the developing E20 region.

Guy Thomas, head of retail at Lendlease, said: “As IQL continues to grow, we are constantly shaping its retail offer to meet the needs of our residents, commercial tenants and the wider local community.

“The addition of popular local operators such as Signorelli and Figo offering artisanal produce, alongside national brands, showcase Lendlease’s long-term commitment to creating diverse destinations that establish a sense of community and place.”

The aim is to combine East London operators with national brands. East London bakery, Signorelli, and Italian restaurant, Figo will open their second outlets, whilst Tonkotsu’s Stratford outpost is the popular ramen eatery’s seventh in the capital.

David Joy, chief executive of LCR, added: “The arrival of Figo and Signorelli will provide an exciting boost for IQL’s food and beverage offer.

“Those who live, work and shop in Stratford will be able to sample the diverse and flavoursome food offering, which is reflective of East London’s quirky character.”

The new additions are scheduled to open over the coming months and will be located in or around Endeavour Square; the new public space at IQL.

Endeavour Square sits at the gateway to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is also where IQL’s new pavilion will be sited.

This will house two restaurants, a café, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park visitors’ centre, and an accessible roof terrace.

Nash Bond and CF Commercial represented IQL, RSR properties acted on behalf of Signorelli, and Figo represented themselves.

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