Amazon has announced a rapid expansion of its one-hour delivery service in London as it gears up for the full launch of its Amazon Fresh offer early next year.

The number of postcodes eligible for one-hour delivery has increased five fold, with customers in Merton, Wandsworth and Sutton now able to use it to order thousands of everyday goods including coffee, beer, toothpaste and nappies, plus some chilled goods.

Two-hour delivery windows are now available in Kingston, Sunbury and Croydon.

In August, one-hour delivery expanded into  Birmingham, Amazon’s second UK Prime Now city, where customers now have access to more than 20,000 products including a new range of chilled and frozen items such as Chicago Town pizzas, Birds Eye fish fingers and Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream.

Prime Now customers can choose delivery within one hour of ordering for £6.99, or free delivery within a choice of two-hour delivery slots between 8am and midnight, seven days a week. 

Amazon said it would continue to expand Prime Now across further UK cities before the end of the year.