Comedy festival brings Edinburgh Fringe acts back to Fitzrovia pub

Montage of faces.

On Wednesday 18 September the "Objectively Funny Festival" returns to the Albany pub on Great Portland Street with acts from all over the comedy spectrum for a marathon 42 shows over 12 days. The festival will be fresh from Objectively Funny’s success as a production company in Edinburgh, where 10 shows were taken up to the …

Investigation of former hospital and workhouse site reveals intact human burial remains

An archaeological investigation at the Middlesex Hospital Annex and former Strand Union Workhouse site has recovered 55 intact human burials dating from 1780 to 1853 from three test trenches dug into the ground. The findings are revealed in a report by Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) which concludes that "archaeological deposits survive extensively across the …

Autumn events in The Regent’s Park will interest gardeners and night owls

Bat flying at night.

The Regent's Park programme of autumn events kicks off this Saturday with an open day at the park's allotment garden. Visitors can enjoy apple pressing and tasting, and take home some garden produce. There will be a children's treasure hunt, and "guess the weight of the biggest vegetables" for a chance to win a prize. …

Film festival celebrates the art of non-fiction at London venues

Still from flim.

The ninth edition of the Open City Documentary Festival opens this week and runs for seven days at various venues in central London. Celebrating the art of non-fiction, the festival champions the art of creative documentary and non-fiction filmmakers from around the world. Aside from film the events include audio and cross media, as well …

Third collision involving bus and pedestrian at junction of Tottenham Court Road and Torrington Place

Police vehicles and bus.

A pedestrian has been seriously injured after being struck by a southbound bus on Tottenham Court Road on Monday 2 September, the third such collision since the street was converted to two-way traffic in April. Fitzrovia News understands that a southbound doubledecker bus operated by Arriva for Transport for London struck a pedestrian near the …

Exhibition of Equiano’s life – leading black campaigner for the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade

Painting of Olaudah Equiano.

An exhibition celebrating the life of the leading black campaigner for the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade will open this month at a venue on Tottenham Court Road. Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797) rose to prominence in the late 18th century and his book “The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, …

Fitzrovia’s historic streets will be setting for Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller

Cobbled street in rain.

Filming on several streets in Fitzrovia will start this week for a new British movie directed by Edgar Wright, who gained success with Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Baby Driver. The scenes for Last Night in Soho are due to be shot over five days between Monday 29 July and Wednesday 7 August. …

London Fire Brigade issues warnings after blaze at Fitzrovia restaurant

Front of restaurant boarded up.

The London Fire Brigade has issued a warning about the dangers of tumble drying and ignoring alarms after a fire partly gutted a Charlotte Place restaurant. Investigators believe the fire within the basement kitchen of the Lantana restaurant on Charlotte Place in Fitzrovia was started by self-heating within tea towels and aprons that had been …

Another day of fun ahead at All Souls School annual summer fair

School gates.

Join in the fun and games this Saturday 6 July for another summer fair at All Souls Primary School. At this year's event their will be a child-led talent show, a bouncy castle, raffles and tombola's, games, face painting, music and much more. All Souls Primary School summer fair, 12noon to 3.30pm Saturday 6 July …

Second pedestrian seriously injured on Tottenham Court Road

Police vehicles.

Another pedestrian has been seriously injured after a collision with a southbound bus on Tottenham Court Road today. In what appears to be nearly identical circumstances to a collision last Tuesday, a pedestrian and a southbound bus collided near the junction with Torrington Place this morning. Since April this year buses have been running in …

Council seeks ideas on how to reduce CO2 emissions in Camden

View from hill in Camden.

Camden Council is seeking ideas on how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the borough ahead of a "citizens assembly" to debate the issue and publication of an "environmental plan" in 2020. Councillor Adam Harrison, cabinet member for a sustainable camden, said: “We are asking residents, businesses, environmental groups, our voluntary and community organisations -- …

Lidl to open its first central London store on Tottenham Court Road

Front of shop.

German supermarket chain Lidl has announced it will open its first central London store on Tottenham Court Road next summer. Lidl will takeover and refurbish the Sainsbury’s store near Warren Street tube station, reports the Guardian and other media. It will be a full-sized Lidl store with a 1,300m2 shop floor, selling its full range …

Bus and pedestrian collide on Tottenham Court Road

A pedestrian was seriously injured after a collision with a bus on Tottenham Court Road on the morning of Tuesday 11 June. A man in his 30s and a southbound number 24 bus collided near the junction with Torrington Place. In a statement to MyLondon a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called …

Cycle to work this week (and every week) in Camden and Westminster

Don't let the weather put you off cycling to work because Camden and Westminster cyclists have some tips and events to make your journey a pleasure every day. Today (Monday) from 4:30pm to 7:30pm in Kensington Gardens there will be a free Dr Bike Mechanic, "Exchanging Places HGV Awareness", cycle security marking, and cycling information, organised by Westminster …

A new history of Fitzrovia shows a rich mixture of workers, migrants, intellectuals and villains

Life on the edge, both geographically and socially, is the theme of this book. Colourful examples come from fake antique dealers, dodgy second hand car salesmen, and a variety of villains. Many honest and underpaid workers in the furniture trade, the clothing industry, show business, and restaurants are also included. And a rich mix of …

The life and changing times of the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre

Newspaper front page.

The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre, which will be closing in June, was a product of its time and was one of several community advice centres being established across Camden and other inner London boroughs in the 1970s. The opportunity arose as a result of funding provided by the Home Office to tackle inner city problems. This …

The final days of Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre

Street view of Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre.

The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre will close its doors in June for the last time after five decades of delivering a housing and welfare advice service and numerous community projects from the Tottenham Street building. Camden Council, which owns the site and needs to carry out repairs and plans to redevelop the listed Georgian building, has …

Future research, open science, and the power of storytelling

Front of wobbly building on Howland Street.

Scientists sharing research and working with literary and visual storytellers can help spread knowledge to build a better future. That's the theme of an event taking place in Fitzrovia in June. Social science-fiction writer Stephen Oram has been working alongside scientists as part of a project with King’s College London. "They do the science and …

Women coming-of-age in a world of stigma, bad sex education and internet porn

three young women standing against a wall.

A trio of coming-of-age stories about virginity, pleasure, and identity is told by three young women (played by Kara Chamberlain, Vanessa Labrie, Cicely Long and Gina Ruysen) who discover sexual empowerment for the first time. Friday Night Love Poem looks at the challenges girls face when they begin exploring their sexuality in a world fuelled …

Naomi Wolf talks to Erica Wagner about sex, censorship and surveillance

Naomi Wolf.

Feminist, best-selling author and former political adviser Naomi Wolf will be talking about her new book to the literary journalist Erica Wagner in Bloomsbury this month. In Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalisation of Love, Wolf examines how the state came to outlaw sexual relations between men, and how anything referring to this love became …