Kricket prepares for fourth London opening
Modern Indian restaurant concept Kricket will launch a fourth location in London's Canary Wharf in spring, having secured a fresh round of funding from the White Rabbit Projects (WRP), alongside additional funds from its founders.
Co-founders Rik Campbell and Will Bowlby launched the concept in 2015 as a pop-up in a shipping container at Pop Brixton. The duo then opened their first permanent site in Soho in 2016 after receiving an initial injection of funding from WRP. This was quickly followed by the relocation of the Brixton pop-up to its current home at Atlantic Road (2017) and the launch of a new site in west London's regenerated BBC Television Centre in White City (2018).
During the pandemic, the group introduced the brand's first delivery-only concept (2021), which continues to deliver over 2,000 orders a week via an exclusive partnership with Deliveroo. In September 2021, the founders also launched their debut cocktail bar, SOMA, next door to Kricket Soho. Designed as a contemporary, minimalist take on the basement speakeasy, a reimagined SOMA 'Part 2' will also launch adjacent to the new Canary Wharf site.
Employing over 120 people across the group, the restaurants and delivery business generated sales of £7.3m in 2022. As of 30 September this year, like-for-like sales are up 17% on the previous 12 months.
Opening on Canary Wharf's North Dock next spring, the new Kricket restaurant will offer 85 covers and be open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The adjoining SOMA will mirror the minimalist award-winning concept of the cocktail bar in Soho, with room for up to 50 guests and a license to open late.