Consultation on closing part of Riding House Street to motor traffic

Drawing.

Westminster City Council is seeking views on making the current temporary closure of Riding House Street at the junction with Cleveland Street permanent, and making a number of other changes to the street layout. The council says it is seeking to improve the eastern end of Riding House Street by formalising the existing temporary closure …

Day of protest organised to save last crown post office serving Fitzrovia

Front of post office building.

Members of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) will be holding a day of action outside Great Portland Street Crown Post Office on Monday 2 March to try to halt its privatisation. Earlier this month Post Office Ltd announced its plan to close the only remaining Crown Post Office serving Fitzrovia and one of the few …

Drivers advised to avoid area around Tottenham Court Road because of resurfacing of Gower Street

Diversion sign with arrow.

Drivers are being advised to avoid the area around Tottenham Court Road due to the resurfacing works that are being carried out on Gower Street from today until Sunday 8 March, and Bloomsbury Street until Sunday 30 March. Camden Council says that it will "begin the resurfacing work on Gower Street, Bloomsbury Street and around …

Woman hit by police car on Tottenham Court Road

Police car and collision investigation.

Part of Tottenham Court Road was closed this evening after a police car struck a woman who was crossing the road. Camden police issued a statement saying that road closures are in place at the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Chenies Street after a police vehicle "collided with a 19 year old female pedestrian …

New venue for Bloomsbury ward councillors’ surgery

Entrance to The 52 Club.

Camden's Bloomsbury ward councillors have a new venue to hold regular meetings with constituents. On the first Friday evening of every month, Councillors Sabrina Francis, Adam Harrison, or Rishi Madlani will now be available at The 52 Club at 52 Gower Street to meet residents. (They previously used The Fitzrovia Centre.) The 52 Club is …

Busy Soho walk-in health centre under threat of closure

Front of NHS walk in clinic.

A busy health clinic used by tens of thousands of local residents, workers and visitors to the West End every year will have to close unless changes to the way it operates can be made, say NHS managers. The Central London Clinical Commissioning Group are proposing to close the Walk In centre in Soho Square …

High air pollution forecast for inner London

Air pollution map.

The department of environment is forecasting high air pollution over inner London today. Defra says "light winds and areas of fog in the south may inhibit dispersal of locally-generated pollution and lead to areas of High air pollution". Air pollution is predicted to drop on Tuesday but rise again to moderate levels on Wednesday. The …

Much loved cat goes missing on Cleveland Street. Have you seen him?

Coco lying down.

A much loved black cat has gone missing and we are asking readers of Fitzrovia News if they have seen him. "He is very much loved and we miss him so very much," says Verity who contacted us. "He has been missing since 30 December from our flat on Cleveland Street, near the corner with …

Friends group puzzled why hawthorn tree in Fitzrovia park is sprouting blossom four months early

Hawthorn blossom.

A hawthorn tree in a public park in Fitzrovia is already showing off some blossom, yet it is only the first week of January. The Friends of Fitzrovia Parks have reported that the tree in Crabtree Fields on the corner of Colville Place and Whitfield Street is showing signs of blossom four months before it …

Public consultation on Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum renewal application

Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Area.

The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum is seeking to renew its status as a recognised neighbourhood planning body and has applied to Westminster council to continue its role for another five years. The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Area was designated in March 2014 and the Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum (also known as FitzWest) was designated in February …

Local councillor takes a step closer in contest to become an MP

Labour member canvassing.

A local councillor has made it on to the "long list" of Labour candidates to fight the Cities of London and Westminster parliamentary constituency in December's general election, reports LabourList. Pancho Lewis, who was first elected last year to represent the West End ward on Westminster City Council, wrote to supporters in mid-October saying he …

Photographic exhibition revisits Booth’s survey of a district

People in street.

A new exhibition takes a contemporary look through the lens of a camera at the people and places in a London district first described by social reformer Charles Booth more than a century ago. John Angerson, an award-winning photographer and artist in residence at the Old Diorama Art Centre in Drummond Street, traced the footsteps …

Ten days of events take off in a moon-gazing celebration of Bloomsbury

Moonlight image.

The first events of the Bloomsbury Festival are launched today with a moonlight street party in Store Street to celebrate the 50 years since the first moon landing -- the theme for this year's festival. There will be 10 days of events, many of them free, taking in the people and places, art and music, …

Film: Reclaim housing as a human right, not a commodity

Buses and London skyline at night.

The increasing cost of housing and the lack of homes for ordinary people is happening because the wishes of global capital are serviced over and above the needs of the many. As Architects for Social Housing have observed: “Building more homes does not push house and rental prices down. While the law of supply and demand …

Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia and the origins of eugenics

In the first of a new two-part documentary on BBC Four, science journalist Angela Saini and disability rights activist Adam Pearson take a walk around Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia to discover the people and the institutions behind the controversial idea that the human race can be improved by selective breeding. They reveal that eugenics, a driving …

Powell’s film masterpiece set in a shadowy Fitzrovia on big screen

Man with camera.

One of British cinema's most controversial films, and which was shot on location in and around Rathbone Street in Fitzrovia, will be screened on Friday and followed by a Q&A. Peeping Tom (1960) nearly ruined director Michael Powell's career after it was badly received due to its scenes of voyeurism and violence. But it held …

Fitzrovia business owner says high rents and rates, and Crossrail delay, is putting her business at risk

Man and woman talking in shop.

A Fitzrovia shop owner appeared on BBC's Inside Out London programme this week to explain how the delay in the opening of Crossrail is affecting her business. Rowena Howie told BBC reporter Tom Edwards that she opened her shop Revival Retro in Fitzrovia in the hope that her business would benefit from the opening of …

Westminster council announces consultation on 20 mph limit

20 mph image.

Westminster council has finally a got around to consider a 20 miles per hour speed limit across the city with the announcement this week of a public consultation on the plans. If given the go ahead it will mean an end to the two different speed limits in operation on several streets in Fitzrovia on …

‘Lost murals’ from Camden Town Hall go on sale at auction

Image of Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia.

A collection of "lost murals" which depict images from the former borough of St Pancras are going on sale at auction next week, reports Spitalfields Life. The three oil paintings which measure nearly six foot by six foot are by artist Cecil Osborne (1909-1996) and show St Pancras & Kings Cross, Highgate & Hampstead, and …