Spirit of the 2013 Great Titchfield Street Festival captured on film

http://vimeo.com/69433376 By News Reporters A short film has been made of this year's Great Titchfield Street Festival which was held in June as part of the London Festival of Architecture (LFA). Every year the LFA explores London’s built environment and promotes how architecture creates positive change and improvement within the city.  Made by Rataplan Films for …

Play for voices moves Wheatsheaf audience on anniversary of Dylan Thomas death

The 60th anniversary of Dylan Thomas's death on November 9, 1953 was marked by a production of Under Milkwood held at the Fitzrovian pub where he fell in love at first sight with his wife Caitlin Macnamara. The Wheatsheaf in Rathbone Place was one of a number of Fitzrovia haunts, including the Fitzroy Tavern, where Thomas …

Civil rights and eco-activism at London Socialist Film Co-op

By Angela Lovely The American civil rights movement and eco-activism in Surrey will be featured at December's London Socialist Film Co-op screening at the Bolivar Hall in Grafton Way.  Sing Your Song (Dir: Susanne Rostock, USA 2011 [12A], 103 mins) documents the life of singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to …

Travellers’ children in Marylebone High Street

By Angela Lovely From inside the Agnès B shop you can just about hear the rumble of Range Rover engines from the choked Marylebone High Street outside. Inside on the walls and in the windows of this Parisian boutique at the heart of the Howard de Walden Estate  are a series of black and white photographs …

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’

By Angela Lovely Jimi Hendrix arrived in London on 24 September 1966 and shook up London's music scene. With contributions from the Hendrix family, Sir Paul McCartney, and former band mates Billy Cox, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, a new documentary -- Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' -- presents an in-depth look at Hendrix's life and …

Litter Please – Peter Quinnell, at The Coningsby Gallery

By News Reporters Peter Quinnell's first solo exhibition since 2000 is at the Coningsby Gallery this week until Saturday 9 November. Quinnell's "box art" creations are assembled from popular culture and stuff that people throw away. Opening night 6pm to 9pm, 7 November. Open to everyone! Peter Quinnell: Litter Please, at The Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham …

From jazz pioneers to township jive exiles

Cover of book with black musicians.

Sounds Like London, 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital. By Lloyd Bradley (Serpent's Tail, £12.99). The first black band to make its mark in the UK played in Great Portland Street almost 100 years ago. And the area's clubs and record shops which had an enormous influence in developing Black Music in the …

Kara Walker exhibition at Camden Arts Centre

By Christina Latham If you are looking for an interesting exhibition to visit this autumn, then look no further than the Camden Arts Centre. For four months, the controversial work of Kara Walker will be exhibited at the centre. Kara Walker is an African-American artist, best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes …

Michelin recognises Fitzrovia eateries in 2014 guide, but the food fight continues

The prestigious Michelin guide to restaurants and hotels has continued to recognise Fitzrovia restaurants and has also awarded new eateries. In its 2014 edition published this month nine Fitzrovia establishments are listed. However, food and restaurants arouse passions in the neighbourhood in many ways. Three restaurants -- Dabbous in Whitfield Street, Pied à Terre in …

Set the controls to the heart of Store Street

By Pete Whyatt For musicians over many years Chas E Foote’s music store was a land mark in Golden Square. Charles Ernest Foote started the shop in Hornsey Road in 1920. In the 1930s it relocated to Soho and was bought by the Della-Porta family — the founders of Premier Percussion — where it sold …

Searching for memories of the Middlesex Hospital

By News Reporters Do you have memories of the the Middlesex Hospital in Fitzrovia that you'd like to share? A doctor and an architect are working together to collect people's stories and memories of the Middlesex Hospital, which stood on Mortimer Street until it was demolished in 2007.  Khaldoon Ahmed trained as a doctor at …

London Design Festival 2013 in Fitzrovia

By News Reporters From the pretentious to the practical Fitzrovia is once again at the heart The London Design Festival, which kicks off this weekend. London-wide there are over 300 events with 18 events taking place in Fitzrovia and 52 venues within walking distance of the neighbourhood. Events take place between 14 and 22 September, …

Open House London 2013 in Fitzrovia

Open House -- "the capital’s greatest architectural showcase" -- will be a unique opportunity to see, explore and learn about architecture and design in London over the weekend of 21 and 22 September 2013. More than 800 buildings will be open, there's a programme of neighbourhood walks, engineering and landscape tours, cycle rides and experts’ talks – all for …

A History of the French in London: Liberty, Equality, Opportunity. Edited by Debra Kelly and Martyn Cornick – Review

By Nick Bailey Peter Ackroyd in his biography of London argues that ‘London has always been a city of immigrants’ and he notes that this observation could be applied to any period over the past 250 years. This book takes a historical perspective over 500 years of just one of these immigrant communities: the French …

Homeless and vulnerably housed artists to exhibit at Fitzrovia gallery

By News Reporters A group of homeless and vulnerably housed artists in Fitzrovia will hold their first major exhibition at the Coningsby Gallery in Tottenham Street this August. ARTfitzrovia is an art collective whose artists are either living on the streets, in sheltered accommodation or on the margins of society.  A spokesperson for the collective told …

A weekend to start a summer of celebrations in Fitzrovia

By News Reporters This Saturday 22 June marks the start of a summer of celebrations taking place throughout Fitzrovia. This is a brief guide to what's happening and where it's happening.  From 10am to 4pm on Saturday 22 June there will be a community festival taking place with exhibitions, refreshments and a guided walk, to …

Fitzrovia Festival celebrates 40 years of life and history

By News Reporters It was in June 1973 that the first Fitzrovia Festival was celebrated with people organising events to embrace life in Fitzrovia. For three decades it was a street festival but in recent years it has become a smaller event celebrating Fitzrovia’s special character and the neighbourhood’s history. In June 2013 we celebrate 40 …

Academic appetite for an historical analysis of food

Food in history: forthcoming event at the IHR, University of London (11-13 July 2013) By Sara Pennell In 1660, the cook Robert May published recipes for one of the modish dishes of the day: the grand ‘sallet’ or salad. The Stuart ‘sallet’ was a spectacle, with its carefully arrayed mixture of fresh and preserved elements, and imported commodities (anchovies, ‘Virginia Potato’, almonds) alongside …