Waitrose is planning to open 10 convenience stores and one supermarket in London this year.

The supermarket chain said it was the largest number of new stores it had ever opened in ‘inner’ London in its 109-year history.

The first Little Waitrose will open in Vauxhall in the spring, while the supermarket will open in Greenwich’s New Capital Quay development in the summer.

“London is an important part of our heritage and this is another major milestone for our business,” said Waitrose director of development Nigel Keen.

“It demonstrates our ambition to continue increasing our presence and improving our accessibility to those in the capital who wish to shop with us.”

There are currently 36 Little Waitrose c-stores. The latest opened in Clapham Common last month.