Restaurant Plan Submitted for Ginglik Site

Application for change of use with reopening at end of year

The former Ginglik on Shepherd's Bush Green
The former Ginglik on Shepherd's Bush Green. Picture: Ewan Munro

The former underground toilets on Shepherd’s Bush Green looks set to become a restaurant with a planning application having been submitted for a change of use.

It was built to serve the spectators of the 1908 Olympic Games at nearby White City before becoming a snooker club.

In 2002 Tammi Willis and Colin Welsh converted it into Ginglik, a bunker venue that has hosted live music, comedy, club nights, cabaret and art exhibitions for 11 years before they left in 2013.

The club saw many famous names perform including a surprise set by Robin Williams who appeared alongside Lenny Henry. Live music acts included Ellie Goulding.

There is no indication of the nature of the restaurant that is planned and the application has been submitted by a planning agent but the intention is to start work as soon as permission has been given with a restaurant opening before the end of the year. We have asked the agent for more details and await a response.

The application states they would wish to keep the same licence hours – from noon to midnight seven says a week.

No changes are planned to the footprint of the premises with the only alterations being those necessary for the operation of a restaurant kitchen.

The only aspects of the property visible from the street are the iron railings about the perimeter of the site with stairs leading to the premises below ground level. Building a structure above this is not being proposed.

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March 15, 2021