Bloomsbury conservation group revamps its website and warns of threat to the area’s ‘special character’

The Bloomsbury Conservation Areas Advisory Committee (BCAAC) wants more people to visit its improved website to learn about the internationally renowned district but warns that heritage assets are facing "significant threats". BCAAC covers seven conservation areas in Central London. The website has been updated to include new information on the conservation areas (including Charlotte Street …

Westminster council Tories gave planning permission for extension on Jenrick home against officers’ recommendation

The Times reports that fellow Conservatives at Westminster council approved a home extension and overturned the planning department's recommendation to reject the plans. Robert Jenrick the secretary of state for housing who is currently embroiled in a row over a planning decision has some previous experience with planning matters, reports The Times newspaper. Conservative councillors …

Formal consultation opens on Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Plan

Map of Fitzrovia West.

A formal public consultation on the Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Plan  opens today ahead of a public examination and a referendum on the planning document which will control land development in the area. "We encourage all residents and businesses based in the area to read the Plan and submit their comments to the Council by the …

Public art in Fitzrovia: On Reflection, British Transport Police headquarters

Mosaic on wall.

An early morning stroll along Whitfield Street after officers have driven away their vehicles from outside the British Transport Police central London headquarters reveals the beautiful mosaics created nearly two decades ago. Up close it is difficult to discern what they are. But cross to the other side of the road and they emerge as …

Field maple trees flourish on Goodge Street

Field maple trees on street.

Branches of field maple (Acer campestre) trees reach across Goodge Street to touch each other. They were planted by Camden Council when the pavements in Goodge Street were widened earlier this century. The Council had not intended to plant any trees as part of the Street improvements. Their existence is due to our then Cllr Penny …

Westminster council is working with national government, the GLA and London councils to support rough sleepers

City of Westminster logo.

Westminster council has issued a statement to quash rumours that other London boroughs had been housing rough sleepers in the City's empty hotels and expecting it to look after them and pick up the bill. It seems loose talk and incorrect facts were put about at a meeting in April between residents and councillors in …

Labour councillors in Westminster want local government to have the power to stop noisy demolition and construction work during lockdown

Construction workers on site.

Labour councillors in Westminster have called on the government to give local councils the power to stop non-urgent, noisy demolition and construction work during lockdown. "In recent weeks, many residents across the City of Westminster have written to their elected representatives -- Councillors and MPs -- to raise concerns about often non-urgent noisy construction works …

A tribute to Beethoven leads a fundraiser for the NHS and musicians

Musicians playing.

A Fitzrovia playwright and an oboe soloist will both join a cast of the many this week to produce a tribute to Beethoven, and fundraise for the NHS and musicians affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Local playwright Sue Blundell and Fitzrovia Music Festival (FitzFest) founder Dan Bates will be joined by musical director Elliott Devivo …

Floral rainbow at UCH Euston Road to thank and reassure the public that the NHS is here for all patients

Floral rainbow.

A giant floral display in the colours and shape of a rainbow is on display outside University College Hospital, Euston Road, to say thanks and reassure the public that the NHS is open to all patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Cheryl Lobo, UCLH cancer doctor, along with her colleagues Joanna Franks and Sohier Elneil, were …

A Philadelphia-themed diner and bar on Cleveland Street is adapting to change to continue trading

Man standing in front of shop.

While most hot food businesses have shut up shop due to the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown others are adapting and delivering a new service. One such business is Passyunk Avenue on Cleveland Street -- a Philadelphia-themed food, cheese steak, and dive bar named after a thoroughfare running diagonally through the dense network of downtown …

Independent cycle shops beat the corporate giants by continuing to serve customers

Cycle shop frontage.

Fitzrovia's two independent cycle shops are beating the large chain stores by continuing to provide a service for customers during difficult circumstances. Under new legislation cycle shops along with food shops are allowed to continue to trade as long as they follow strict social distancing guidelines to protect their customers and staff from the coronavirus. …

New Journal Enterprises puts all its printed newspapers online

Front page of CNJ.

The publisher of the Camden New Journal, Westminster Extra, and the Islington Tribune is now putting the entire contents of the three printed, weekly newspapers online to read and download. Since last week New Journal Enterprises have produced an identical e-edition of their three local papers published on the same day as the printed editions, …

Community centre offers help to set up mutual aid group

Front of community centre.

The Fitzrovia Centre on Foley Street has announced it will help people wanting to set up mutual aid groups to match volunteers with those in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. Centre director, Pat Tulloch, wrote to their newsletter subscribers to say that "in response to the coronavirus pandemic a number of mutual aid groups have …

Say thanks to NHS staff during coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus pod sign.

A round of applause will take place tonight (Thursday 26 March) to give thanks to the NHS staff working tirelessly during the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers of "Clap for our Carers" are asking everyone to clap at 8pm from your front door, window, balcony, garden or wherever you are. The event follows similar rounds of applause …

Playgrounds, places of worship, and community buildings close in Fitzrovia due to Covid-19 pandemic

Crabtree Fields sign.

Playgrounds, community buildings and places of worship in Fitzrovia have closed to protect public health because of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The closures came ahead of the government's announcement that all but essential workers must stay at home and follows the closure of schools, pubs, cafes and restaurants to stop people from spreading the virus.The …

Camden and Westminster councils appeal for volunteers as they announce some services need to change

Stay at home.

The leaders of both local councils serving Fitzrovia have appealed for volunteers and have announced that many services they offer will need to change in response the the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. Cllr Rachael Robathan, leader, Westminster City Council, wrote to community organisations to say: "We have contingency plans in place to keep essential services running …