The Market Hall Fulham breathes life into converted Ticket Hall
20th of August 2018
Here at APLO, we’re huge fans of old buildings getting a new lease on life. A good conversion can retain the character and history of an old building, while setting it as a functional space that doesn’t seem out of place in 2018. There’s just something about old buildings that inspire a sense of wonder. Stepping into a converted space often feels like stepping back through time, while still being grounded in the reality of today. Down at Fulham, in an abandoned Grade-II listed Edwardian Ticket Hall, the doors open to The Market Hall Fulham. A 200 capacity venue serving everything from Ahi Poke bowls, local Craft beers, to Charcoal ice creams.
Originally built by Harry Wharton Ford in the 1880s, the building served as the former Fulham Broadway Ticket Hall - until it was closed down almost fifteen years ago. As far as conversions go, the people behind The Market Hall Fulham have done an amazing job at retaining some of the Hall’s original Edwardian features. Vaulted glass ceilings allow for plenty of natural light, illuminating the space and allowing for a relaxed airy ambiance. The building’s original green tiles have remained, accented with industrial style hanging lamps and natural wood tables and benches. On either side, you will see the original enamel sign saying, ‘To the Trains’
, and you’d almost think like you were dropped into a scene from The Darjeeling Limited. All you’d really need is a thrifted vintage store ensemble, a few symmetrical wide-angle shots, and award-winning actor Bill Murray - and your can literally shoot a new Wes Anderson cult classic at the Market Hall.
From the minds of barbecue connoisseurs Andy Lewis Pratt and Simon Anderson; there’s something for everybody here. In the hopes of promoting new talents in London’s food and drink scene, the Market Hall features ten different kitchens that serve a wide range of different cuisines from all over the world. With a selection of some local pop-up favourites including Claude’s Deli, Hot Box, Calcutta Canteen, Yard Sale, Fanny’s Kebabs, and Soft Serve Society
(an APLO favourite); The Market Hall Fulham will have all of your culinary cravings down pat. The old ticketing offices were converted (appropriately) into bars — serving up some brews from some of the UK’s coolest emerging craft breweries. From Cloudwater, Wild Beer, Siren Craft Crew
, to Sussex based Good Things
, to Bermondsey’s Urban Orchard
who offer ciders on tap. Don’t leave without testing out their house lager, ‘Market Helles’, created exclusively by North Cornwall based brewers Harbour
. For those leaning towards more opulent concoctions, The Market Hall also offers a short cocktail list by Our London, and East London Liquor Company. So hey — there really is something for everybody.
The Market Hall is the first of three new food halls taking over some of London’s most iconic abandoned buildings. Following their flagship Fulham location, Andy and Simon are taking their innovative Market Hall concept to Victoria Terminus Palace; and then the old BHS Building on Oxford Street. And while those conversions may not have the depth and history of Fulham’s Edwardian Ticket Hall; it’s still a lovely thought to know that these familiar London sites will once again be filled with life, laughter, and truly good food.
According to Simon Anderson, ‘We’re very excited that Market Hall Fulham is ready for the public. The buzz in the area is amazing, from people who are excited about the food and drink; to people who want to see this historic old building back in use again’
— and so are we! Because all these beautiful old buildings deserve a second chance, and in the hands of Andy and Simon, we know The Market Hall Fulham
will be around for years to come.
Words by Hannah Tan-Gillies