Cubitt House plans 230 seat restaurant at Fitzroy Place

By News Reporters Independent hospitality business Cubitt House is planning to open its biggest restaurant to date, at Fitzroy Place on the site of the former Middlesex Hospital. The trouble is, the space available is not big enough.  Planning permission is now being sought to create what would be one of Fitzrovia's largest restaurants. It …

Stand up for pints, poems and prose at the King & Queen

A new literature performance night called In Yer Ear begins next week in one of Fitzrovia's best-known pubs. Expect to hear a series of literary stand-ups with each performer giving anything from a couple of minutes to a 15 minute monologue -- contemporary poetry, prose, travelogue, criticism, and giving somebody a piece of their mind.  In Yer …

Venezuelan Film Festival at Bolivar Hall

The Embassy of Venezuela in Grafton Way is hosting a film festival which will feature a free showing on almost every Tuesday of 2014. Dubbed The Boliwood Film Festival (after Simon Bolivar) it is organised by the embassy to promote Venezuelan cinema to a wider audience.  The festival will be launched this coming Tuesday 21 …

Saatchi’s Pregnant Man appears on Charlotte Street

By Angela Lovely Forty-three years after he first made his debut, Saatchi & Saatchi's Pregnant Man is back. This time he is sitting on a mule in the window the of ad agency's Charlotte Street building with the announcement: "Nothing is Impossible this Christmas".  An informative sign reads: In 1970 Jeremy Sinclair, a young copywriter …

An enjoyable visit to The Sherlock Holmes Museum

By Christina Latham 221b Baker Street, just a name and just a number. However, when Arthur Conan Doyle put pen to paper in 1886, this unassuming location was transformed into the home of a literary legend. Sherlock Holmes is an unlikely hero due to his selfish nature and disregard for consequences. Yet his genius and …

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 …