Abokado, the Kings Park Capital-backed, healthy eating chain, has signed a lease to open a site at the Great Portland Estates development in Blackfriars Road on London’s Southbank.

The scheme, which comprises a 19-storey commercial building with 240,000 square feet of office space, is fully let with tenants including media and publishing company UBM and law firm Boodle Hatfield.

The deal comes hot on the heels of the 26th store, which is due to open in Greville Street, Hatton Garden, in early June.

Founder Mark Lilley said: “We’re delighted to be a part of this excellent scheme. It’s taken us a while to expand south of the river and we’re fired up to bring our feel-great food to a new audience. It’s also encouraging that our trading continues to strengthen against a backdrop of negative sector news flow.

“At a time when some other operators have put the brakes on their expansion, we continue to push ahead with our roll-out. We have a number of other sites under offer and remain committed to our vision of helping people lead happier and healthier lives.”