The tapas battle continues in London with at least a dozen new Spanish restaurants and bars opening this year.
La Tasca opened its seventh restaurant, in Covent Garden, and Iberica its fourth, at the bottom of the Zig Zag building in Victoria. Hot on their heels is Camino, which opened its fourth venue, near the Tate Modern in Bankside. Elsewhere Jose Pizzaro has branched out from Bermondsey Street into The City, at Broadgate Circle, and Barrafina has pitched up in Drury Lane in theatreland.
Away from the crowds, down in south-east London, tapas has come to Peckham for the first time with the opening of Miss Tapas, tucked away among the African food shops in Choumert Road.
There are those who think the number Spanish restaurants in London might eventually overtake the number of Italian restaurants. This is still some way off, but if things continue the way they have been doing in the last few years, it might well happen.