Giggling Squid, the BGF-backed Thai casual dining group, is to open its second London site after securing a site in Kingston-upon-Thames, MCA has learnt.

The 24-strong group has secured the former Jamie’s Italian site on the High Street, which closed earlier this year, for a launch later in 2018.

The group, which is led by Andy Laurillard, has five further sites secured so far for openings this year in Bishops Stortford, Cheltenham, Chichester, Harpenden and Windsor.

Speaking in February, co-founder Laurillard said: “All our restaurants are ahead of last year apart from one, which is an amazing result. Recent openings have been particularly successful, proving that demand for our offer is stronger than ever.”

AG&G acted on the Kingston deal.