The first outlet of a proposed new café bar chain has been opened in Brixton, London, with plans to open a further six outlets in the capital over the next three years.

The Ah Bar has been launched by Rigfire, a company set up by business partners Helen Lawson and Darren Russell.

Lawson said that food would be an important feature of the concept, commenting: "We have secured the services of a chef from Claridges Hotel in London to transform the once Italian restaurant into modern English/Mediterranean, which we hope will appeal to every palate."