Filmgoers of the world unite!

Woman standing with film programme in front of mural.

Anna Burton, director of the London Labour Film Festival 2014. A working week of class struggle on film.

By News Reporters

Cinema with a global social commitment gets under way next week with a five day festival of films about labour issues and the class struggle. The second London Labour Film Festival will take place at the Odeon Covent Garden and features eleven films including several premiers.  Continue reading

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Confessions of an Opium Eater: an installation by Leonard Johansson

Oil painting.

Leonard Johansson, Adam, 2014. Oil on Canvas, 160x250cm

By News Reporters

The Hanmi Gallery on Maple Street is part way through a refurbishment. The inside of the building is derelict — and the perfect setting for creating the mise-en-scene for Confessions Of An Opium Eater, an exhibition and installation by Swedish-Korean artist Leonard Johansson.  Continue reading

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Empty health centre at Tottenham Mews broken into

Outside of building.

Tottenham Mews Resources Centre is owned by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

By News Reporters

An empty building in Tottenham Mews was broken into on Sunday evening and used as a commercial entertainment venue disturbing nearby residents into the early hours of Easter Monday. The two-storey building and former mental health clinic is owned by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) and has been empty for several years.  Continue reading

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Live and low-key on Langham Street for Record Store Day

Man singing and playing guitar.

Andrew Ashong was one of those who played an acoustic set of songs in Langham Street for “You Need This!”, organised by If Music for Record Store Day UK.

By News Reporters

There was a time when Fitzrovia boasted more record shops than Soho, apparently. Now since JB’s Records moved to Waterloo and On The Beat in Hanway Street has closed there is only one remaining… and on any other day you’d have to look hard to find it. In fact we didn’t even know it was there.  Continue reading

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Camden police warn about bank card fraud after Fitzrovia couple fall victim

By News Reporters

Anti-fraud detectives in Camden are warning people to be aware of bank card fraud after an elderly couple in Fitzrovia unwittingly handed their bank details and cash card to a criminal. Police say the fraud is quite widespread and is known as “courier fraud” or “courier scam” as it involves a motorcycle or cycle messenger or driver who comes to collect the bank card under false pretences.  Continue reading

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Thieves target motorcycles and scooters in Fitzrovia

Motorcycle and road hooks.

Camden Council have installed ground anchors but few bike owners are using them.

By Guy O’Connell

Teenage motorbike thieves are targetting Fitzrovia.  They may look like tykes on bikes, dressed like ninjas, but are using tactics that have worked across the capital.  Continue reading

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My commute: Maya de Souza cycles from Highgate to Millbank

Woman standing with folding bicycle.

Pollution beater. Maya de Souza commutes from Highgate to Millbank and back on her Brompton folding bicycle.

By Linus Rees

Maya de Souza passes through Fitzrovia on her commute to work from Highgate to Millbank. Cycling from the north to the south of the London Borough of Camden and into the City of Westminster gives her the opportunity to see at first hand the challenges of managing London’s environment. It’s something that comes in handy in her work with Defra and as a local councillor.  Continue reading

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Fitzroy Place developer in trouble over Middlesex Hospital Chapel plans

Middlesex-Hospital-Chapel

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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