New La Lanterna open within weeks

Work has begun on the conversion of La Lanterna from small, not-very-good restaurant into something bigger and - hopefully - better.

With the East London Line's arrival only days away, La Lanterna's owners are aiming to capitalise on the opportunity. We spoke briefly with the builders today, who confirmed the plan was to be ready within a few weeks.

The new restaurant will be an important first step in transforming the fortunes of that stretch of Brockley Road, which is also subject to a planning application to rennovate two shop fronts a few doors down.