Grand Union, the eight-strong London-based bar group backed by Luke Johnson, has confirmed plans to expand by 20 new sites over the next three years as it launches the next phase of its growth strategy.

The group said London sites under consideration include central London and Soho, Balham, Battersea and Ealing in the south and the City, Dalston, Shoreditch and Hackney to the east. Grand Union is also considering expanding nationwide to sites in Brighton, Cambridge, Bath, Cardiff, Oxford, Canterbury, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Guildford and Leeds.

Grand Union said it will focus on high footfall, high density, commercial locations, concentrating on sites between 4,000 sq ft and 10,000 sq ft. Highly visible prime sites are preferred close to leisure, office and residential areas and sites with alfresco spaces are strongly desired, it said.

Chief executive Adam Marshall said: “Despite challenging trading conditions, we have grown steadily since the launch of our first site in Camden in 2006. We look forward to building on our success to date and accelerating the growth of the company in London and beyond.”