About Lola and Simon

The owners of quirky Argentinian/Kiwi café Lola & Simón have, after six years, sold to former Zafferano head chef Andy Needham. Kristen and Nico - who named the Hammersmith restaurant after their dogs - said they felt 'mixed emotions' at selling the premises but that it was necessary for the business to be 'expertly guided to the next level'.

The restaurant is named after Simón (Nico's cocker spaniel) and Lola (Simón's mate, who was rescued from the streets of Buenos Aires) although Nico and Kirstin became accustomed to answering to these names.

That's where Needham - who left Belgravia's once famous Italian Zafferano in 2012 - came in. He has taken over the reins at Lola & Simón, fully supported by the former owners during the transition period.

Regulars to the Ravenscourt Park café, known locally as “the perfect morning pitstop”, need not fear. Needham has no drastic changes on the agenda. He plans to run the cosy establishment with the same energy and enthusiasm as Kristen and Nico, building on its reputation as a great family and community Hammersmith hub.

"Nico and kirsten have done an amazing job in creating a fantastic team and business. I am really looking forward to meeting all the regular guests personally, and would very much appreciate any feedback." Andy Needham