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Food hall breathes new life back into iconic landmark in Fulham

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Image captionImage 1: Fulham Market Hall in the disused Fulham Broadway ticket hall. PICTURE: JIM STEPHENSON

The disused Fulham Broadway ticket hall has been brought back to life as a food hall. The iconic building immortalised by Ian Dury in his song ‘What a Waste’ will now be anything but that thanks to Market Halls.

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Image caption: Image 2: Fulham Broadway station in 1916

With the help of H&F Council, Market Halls, the latest business to open in the borough has revived the former Union Market venue on Fulham Road, which had been closed for the past six years.

The new food hall consists of nine kitchens, a deli, a coffee shop and even a bar inside the old ticket office, within the Grade II listed building, which is just a stone’s throw away from the current Fulham Broadway underground station.

“It’s great to see a once empty unit now bustling with people in the heart of Fulham Broadway,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for Economy and the Arts. “Market Halls has provided more jobs and opportunities for local residents and businesses as we strive to make H&F the best place to live, work and play in Europe.”

The council worked alongside Market Halls to preserve the original stonework, signage and shopfronts in the old ticket hall.

Fulham food hall

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Image caption: Image 3: Calcutta Canteen founder Asma Khan

“Food is the new rock and roll and we’re providing the perfect stage,” said Market Halls director of Restaurants and Operations Simon Anderson. “We’re very excited to bring the Fulham Broadway ticket hall back to life and think we’ve created something new and unique for Fulham and London. We’ve studied the local area and pulled together a varied roster of traders from local favourites to street food stars.”

One of the stand-out traders is Calcutta Canteen from the team behind Darjeeling Express.

Founder Asma Khan has brought her authentic street food from Calcutta to H&F with kati rolls, zingy chaat and phulki lentil fritters some of the Indian treats on offer.

The lawyer-turned chef’s love for her homeland does not stop there. Women from Mumbai worked alongside Asma at a period poverty fundraiser last month at Calcutta Canteen in aid of women and girls living in poverty in India.

Meanwhile, if you are looking for a more Pacific twist to your meal, head over to Ahi Poke which is inspired by the laid-back poke bars of southern California.

Founders Jeremy Coste, Gabriel Cohen-Elia and David Bellaiche have given a fresh take on the traditional Hawaiian fish dish.

Other traders at the venue include Claude’s Deli, Fanny’s Kebabs, Soft Serve Society and Yard Sale Pizza.    

Market Hall Fulham is open seven days a week offering breakfast, lunch and dinner at 472 Fulham Road, SW6 1BY.

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Image caption: Image 4: Inside the new food hall. PICTURE: JIM STEPHENSON
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Image caption: Image 5: The council worked alongside Market Halls to preserve the original stonework, signage and shopfronts in the old ticket hall. PICTURE: JIM STEPHENSON
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Image caption: Image 6: Inside the Grade II listed building. PICTURE: JIM STEPHENSON

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