Dabbous dish for late night opening served cold

The eponymously named restaurant of chef Ollie Dabbous in Whitfield Street has had its late night opening plans scuppered after Camden Council refused him planning permission. The decision came as little surprise to local residents as a government planning inspector had previously imposed a condition that no customers should be allowed on the premises after …

Argentine Film Festival special event in Charlotte Street

By News Reporters The second Argentine Film Festival kicks of next week and includes a private film showing of ‘Ways of Wine’ at the Charlotte Street Hotel screening room. Gaucho Restaurants are offering an exclusive combination of film, wine and dinner on 17 April to celebrate Malbec World Day.  ‘Ways of Wine’ is the story of Charlie Arturaola, …

Parents of Amy Winehouse proud of Camden’s young film makers

Camden Youth Action! Film Showcase 4 April 2013 By News Reporters Young people took the spotlight last Thursday for an unforgettable evening of music, film, and live performances at the Camden Centre. Organised by local charity Fitzrovia Youth in Action, the Camden Youth Action! Showcase brought together young film makers, music producers, and performers, to …

Editorial meeting, empty buildings, Spare Rib, shops, and waiting for expensive hotdogs

Readers and contributors We're having our regular monthly editorial and social evening at 7pm tonight (Tuesday 2 April) at Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, 39 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RX. Come along and meet the neighbours and enjoy some food and drink. Please tell us what you think of Fitzrovia News: take a few minutes to complete our readers' survey https://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2013/03/17/readers-survey-what-do-you-want-to-read-about-in-fitzrovia-news/ And here's a …

Adrian Heath: political conservative, artistic radical

Adrian Heath, by Jane Rye. Published by Lund Humphries Reviewed by Max Neufeld The publication of this copiously illustrated monograph on Adrian Heath (1920-1992) is an important event. It recognises and describes Adrian’s major, but still neglected, role in post war British Art. After finding his feet following three years as a prisoner of war, …

Bambi sprays Rude Pope next to Banksy’s If Graffiti Changed Anything

Stencilled art. Rude Pope by Bambi.

  Nearly two years after Banksy sprayed If Graffiti Changed Anything on a wall in Clipstone Street another well-known stencil artist has added her work on the same wall. One of 12 Rude Popes in London painted by the street artist Bambi has been stencilled on top of the protective perspex covering Banksy's 2011 artwork …

Frank Bowling finds commercial success with the forgotten Polish Rebecca

By News Reporters A Guyanese-born British artist who featured in Fitzrovia News in 2009 has finally gained commercial success after one of his "forgotten" paintings sold for £185,000 in New York. The Telegraph reported on Monday that Frank Bowling's painting Polish Rebecca which had been "rolled up and forgotten in a friend’s attic for 40 years, was sold at …

Wobble and Sharpe dub Fitzrovia with the ghosts of seventies jazz funk

By News Reporters A new jazz album has a CD cover featuring many of Fitzrovia's distinctive buildings and takes its name from the neighbourhood. Entitled Kingdom of Fitzrovia it's a collaboration between Jah Wobble and Bill Sharpe, and pays tribute to the area's mix of architectural styles and its artistic past and present. It was recorded at the Music …

Coming up: meetings, music, film, art, consultations, advice and activities

Westminster City Council are presenting plans for a new Marylebone Library at Marylebone Library from Thursday 14 to Wednesday 20 March 2013. It will be a chance for you to meet the architects and council officers working on the scheme, see the latest designs and ask questions you may have. Website. Fitzrovia Trust Annual General Meeting: 12.30pm Tuesday …

40 years of community newspapers in Fitzrovia

We are celebrating the 40th birthday of community news reporting in Fitzrovia by printing extra copies of the newspaper and putting together an archive of every issue since 1973. It was in March 1973 that the Tower community newpaper, forerunner to Fitzrovia News, was first published, making us possibly the longest known community newspaper in …

A week in Fitzrovia: Chavez, emotions, the tower and Brazilians

By Angela Lovely This week the flag at the Bolivar Hall in Grafton Way was lowered to half mast after the announcement of the death of Hugo Chavez in Caracas. A book of condolence has been made available for members of the public who wish to show their respects to President Chavez. Flowers were also placed …

Painter, novelist, teacher, screen writer…

By Clive Jennings A visit to Reg Gadney’s generously proportioned studio, which occupies most of the ground floor of the large Georgian house that he has shared with his wife, restaurant critic Fay Maschler, for 20 years, reveals a man who has spent over fifty years immersed in the worlds of education, literature and art. …

Radio 4’s feature on Julian Maclaren-Ross

By Angela Lovely BBC Radio 4 has been featuring the work of Fitzrovia dandy Julian Maclaren-Ross over the last week. JMR frequented many of Fitzrovia's pubs such as The George in Great Portland Street and the Wheatsheaf in Rathbone Place. The Book at Bedtime serialised JMR's only novel Of Love and Hunger; a 30 minute documentary about …

Fitzrovia Graffiti: A Multi-layered pattern of communication

By Stephen Carter The rapidly developing graffiti art form in Fitzrovia continues to create controversy and disagreement amongst residents and law enforcers. This essentially stems from the fact that there are many different styles of graffiti whose values are highly contested. Some styles are reviled by many and some are held in high esteem by …

Birthplace of British cinema to be restored

By Anna Cullum Walking from the BBC headquarters on Upper Regent Street towards Oxford Circus, your curiosity might be aroused by a small entrance hall recently redecorated with smart marble surrounds and the word ‘Cinema’ embossed on the upper window. The doors are locked and the cinema has been closed to the public for 30 …

Late night galleries continue with new venues joining

By Clive Jennings Fitzrovia Lates is a recent initiative that offers art lovers the opportunity to engage in a little late night perusing and purchasing at local participating galleries, to 9pm on the last Thursday of each month. Over 25 galleries are now involved, with the idea gathering momentum since its launch in June. Elizabeth …

Jewish Fitzrovia: don’t look back, you’re not going there

By Adam Samuel There is much written and the occasional walking tour of Jewish Fitzrovia usually accompanied by rather more detail on Soho. However, this all deals with a Fitzrovia that does not exist anymore. The boys and girls clubs in Fitzroy Square and Alfred Place respectively have long gone, leaving just nostalgic visitors to …