Fitzroy Place developer in trouble over Middlesex Hospital Chapel plans


The Middlesex Hospital Chapel. “Memories echo in this sacred space: tiny babies christened, marriages solemnised, funerals conducted, the chapel resonates with prayers, thanksgivings, and sorrows.” — Dr Ruth Richardson.

By News Reporters

Exemplar the property developer leading the construction of Fitzroy Place is coming under increasing pressure to abandon its plans to rename the Middlesex Hospital Chapel which it is meant to be restoring as part of a legal agreement with Westminster City Council. A medical historian, a former surgeon, and the chair of one of Westminster City Council’s planning committees have all criticised plans to rename the Grade II* listed building. And petitions against Exemplar’s plans have attracted over 2,000 signatures since Fitzrovia News started a campaign. Continue reading

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Neighbours get together for UK Coffee Week on Great Titchfield Street

Shop front of coffee shop.

Event on Great Titchfield Street will support communities in coffee growing regions of Africa.

Coffee lovers can get their legal high and contribute to a worthy cause as part of UK Coffee Week in Great Titchfield Street this Friday. Antipodean coffee artisan Kaffeine and The Riding House Cafe are hosting a special event where they will be serving up a cup of their finest in aid of Project Waterfall.

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Camden approves Fitzrovia East neighbourhood area

Map of Fitzrovia East neighbourhood area.

The Fitzrovia East neighbourhood area approved by Camden Council.

By News Reporters

Camden Council has approved an application to designate Fitzrovia as neighbourhood area for neighbourhood planning under the Localism Act. Phil Jones, Camden’s cabinet member for sustainability, transport and planning, approved the application last week after a period of public consultation. In approving the area known as Fitzrovia East which is entirely within the London Borough of Camden he also rejected an application for a cross-borough area which was submitted to both Camden and Westminster.  Continue reading

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Laid back cyclist sets off on round the world ride

People standing with cycles.

Richard Evans (centre with blue and white shirt and cap) and friends, at Bikefix, Lambs Conduit Street..

By News Reporters

Richard Evans set off from central London at midday on Saturday for the longest bike ride of his life. His journey will take him first through east London, then Essex and then Harwich where he will get the night ferry to begin his journey across the continents of Europe and Asia. And then across the rest of the globe.  Continue reading

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Fitzrovia Area Action Plan approved by Camden Council

Cover of Fitzrovia Area Action Plan.By News Reporters

The Fitzrovia Area Action Plan was finally approved and adopted by Camden Council in March. The plan will contribute to land planning in Fitzrovia and the western part of Bloomsbury which is needed to deal with the impact of continued development pressure.  Continue reading

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The fascinating life and work of Naomi Blake

Bronze resin sculpture.

View, Fitzroy Square, 1977, Bronze resin 240 x 160 x 35. Erected to mark the silver Jubilee of the Queen.

By News Reporters

Naomi Blake the artist who created the sculpture which sits in Fitzroy Square gardens recently celebrated her 90th birthday. This month The Curwen & New Academy Gallery are holding a special exhibition to celebrate her work which will include highlights from throughout her career.  Continue reading

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The poster that helped name a London neighbourhood

By Peter Berthoud

Poster advertising Fitzrovia Festival 1973.

Festival poster. Photo: Peter Berthoud.

It is quite well known that Fitzrovia gained its name from the Fitzroy Tavern and the artistic and literary crowd that hung out there and neighbouring pubs in the 1930s.

The Tavern itself being named after Charles Fitzroy who began developing the area in the 1750s.

But I didn’t realise until recently that the name “Fitzrovia” had fallen out of use during the 1950s and 1960s and was only revived in 1973.

The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association have the story on their website.  Continue reading

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Westminster council settles Fitzrovia and Marylebone neighbourhood area boundaries

Map of Fitzrovia West neighbourhood area.

Fitzrovia West neighbourhood area as decided by Westminster council for neighbourhood planning.

By News Reporters

Westminster City Council has now made a decision on where the boundary of Fitzrovia and Marylebone will be for the purpose of neighbourhood planning under the Localism Act. In an announcement this week Councillor Robert Davis, Cabinet Member for the Built Environment, agreed the recommendations in a report following a period of public consultation on five neighbourhood areas in the City of Westminster.  Continue reading

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Don’t trust The Fitzrovia Partnership for mother’s day advice


Bad advice for Mothering Sunday from the Fitzrovia BID.

By Angela Lovely

I can imagine nothing worse than hauling my mother into central London with the promise of fine dining and a glass of wine only to find the restaurant closed. But that’s what would happen if I was dumb enough to heed the advice from Fitzrovia’s so-called business improvement district.

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Office picnics to support Londoners living with HIV

A London charity, The Food Chain, is looking for office workers in Fitzrovia to support their new initiative to help people living with HIV in London.

They recently launched the Spring Office Picnic campaign, which runs during March until the end of May 2014.

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