Marks & Spencer is to open a Simply Food store in Southwark Street.
The development – designed by local architects Allies & Morrison – has opened up Canvey Street as a new pedestrian link between Southwark Street and Sumner Street lined with restaurants. Leon, Tsuru and Pret a Manger have already opened. Cafe del Aziz – which holds a bellydancing licence – and Viva Verdi are also due to open in Canvey Street.
Bankside 123 stands on the site previously occupied by the 1960s government office blocks St Christopher House and Tabard House.
The new M&S is adjacent to the proposed site of the Architecture Foundation's new HQ designed by Zaha Hadid which has been delayed by attempts to control spiraling construction costs.