Antic London is to roll out its cocktail-focussed format, Ekcovision, with three sites identified and more being sought, MCA has learnt.

Founder Anthony Thomas told MCA that initial expansion would focus on conversions within the estate but that the group was open to acquisitions for the model.

The debut site, which opened in Brixton last summer, closed last month to allow works to the railway arches in which it is housed. It will re-open next year.

Antic has also secured a site behind its Graveney & Meadow bar in Tooting for the second iteration of the concept, to open later this month.

The group is also working to convert space at one of its pubs in Leytonstone as well as converting the former EMD cinema site in Walthamstow to the brand.

Thomas said: “It gives us something different from the pubs and the reaction we got to it in Brixton made us pretty confident that it’s something that would work elsewhere. There’s obviously a huge demand for cocktails at the moment and we’re pleased with where we’ve got to with the format.

“At first we’ll look at space we have within the estate but beyond that we would certainly look wider.”

However, Thomas insisted this would not detract from growth in the pub estate, adding: “We have loads going on – including some projects which have taken a long time to come to fruition. We’ve got plans outside of pubs but we still see a great opportunity across London for what we offer.”

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