Articles by FR

Short Story: The Delivery

12:19 pm, Tuesday, 7 February 2012

By Lucy Hume Catherine’s husband was out of the house attending to business in the city when the doorknocker sounded three times, loudly, so when she opened it to find a boy standing in the porch and asking for him by name she was at first confused and unable to answer. [...]

The world of Maisie Dobbs

7:45 am, Friday, 20 January 2012

By Brian Jarman A young woman steps off the wooden escalator at Warren Street tube station and walks into the street.  She’s smartly dressed in the style of the late 1920s.  She looks a little stuck-up, but when she stops to talk to a news vendor, Jack, her accent is [...]

130 years of squatting

8:16 am, Thursday, 30 June 2011

By Mike Pentelow The Really Free School squats in Guy Richie’s house in Fitzroy Square and then the Black Horse in Rathbone Place hit the headlines a few months ago. In fact these follow in a long tradition of squatting in the area. In the 1880s the painter Walter [...]

The Blue Violin

7:50 am, Tuesday, 28 June 2011

A short story by Sunita Soliar He was always cleaning up after her – teacups around the house, murky splashes along the sink from when she washed her makeup off, and all her unwanted toys: skis, foam cylinders for some sort of exercise, an easel. She would take up these [...]

Rebel with a cause

7:43 am, Monday, 27 June 2011

By Brian Jarman If you’re running a theatre and need government funding, putting on a play in which the Prime Minister does a striptease is perhaps not the most sensible strategy. But then Philip Hedley never was one to take the easy way out. He became Artistic Director [...]

St Giles Rookery revisited

8:26 am, Sunday, 26 June 2011

By Mike Pentelow The underworld that existed 200 years ago and in the present day in St Giles Rookery were graphically linked by Jane Palm-Gold’s exhibition at the Coningsby Gallery in May. The original Rookery was literally a den of thieves and a no-go area for the [...]

Jumping on the sushi train

8:10 am, Friday, 24 June 2011

By Sally Beerworth When I first came to Fitzrovia six years ago, there was only one place you could buy sushi. It was easier to buy crack, than seaweed, apparently. Now you can get it on every corner. (Sushi, that is.) At first, I assumed it was because the British are [...]

A club of one’s own

8:06 am, Thursday, 23 June 2011

By Beryl Burton There is a women’s-only gym at 44 Portland Place. It’s the only ladies-only gym in the area it is owned and operated by the YWCA Central Club. It has been at this address for over two years, yet is still a well-kept secret. And being in a Grade 1 listed [...]

London Walks, by Badaude

8:34 am, Saturday, 18 June 2011

Reviewed by Angela Lovely Fitzrovia is featured in an unusual new walking guide to London. It consists of a collection of hand drawn illustrations by Badaude who writes and illustrates a weekly column in the Times. Along with 21 London walks there are suggested bus and boat [...]