Foubert's Opens New Branch on Victorian Toilet Site

Ice cream parlour and cafe expanding in the Fulham Area


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Foubert’s, the ice cream parlour and café based on Turnham Green Terrace, is opening a new branch in Fulham

2 Vanston Place, the site created by the redevelopment of Fulham's famous Victorian loos, Walham Green Toilets, is finally about to open to customers after sitting empty for over five years.

This will become the third branch of Foubert's. The first is a hugely popular institution in Chiswick, where it has been serving ice cream for 40 years. There is a second branch in Kensington High Street. The original Foubert's was a cafe in Soho.

Now Signorello Lodico has been granted a licence to open the new branch next to St John's Church at the south end of North End Road from 11am till 11pm daily except from Sunday when closing time is 10.30pm.

The original Walham Green Toilets, which had stood on the site since Victorian times, were first auctioned by H&F Council in 2008.

2 Vanston Place

Despite its dilapidated state the building sold for £403,000 - four times the amount expected by the council. However, it then stood empty until being auctioned again in 2013, and this time was bought by Signorello Lodico for £585,000.

In the last five years, it has been converted to create the current modern building, but has remained empty. Last year, there was an application to open a different Italian restaurant on the site, but this application was withdrawn.

Foubert's on Turnham Green Terrace

Now work is underway preparing the three storey building, with basement and open roof terrace, and Foubert's is expected to open within weeks.

July 22, 2018

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