All day comedy in aid of a worthy cause at Fitzrovia pub

Front of pub.

A Fitzrovia pub is hosting an all day comedy marathon in aid of cancer research for the second year running this Saturday. The second Macmillan Comedy Marathon takes place at the King & Queen in Foley Street under the banner of the Coffee and Cocktail Jokes comedy club (CCJ), organised by comedian and CCJ founder, …

Third outing for Fitzrovia’s celebration of music and culture

Musicians sitting and playing.

There will be four days of events on offer this week from the organisers of the third annual festival to celebrate Fitzrovia’s rich and diverse artistic past. Team FitzFest will put on a wide selection of concerts, drama, talks, walks, and social and fitness events and will include "a programme of music made entirely by …

‘In another life I was a teacher. Now I’m a refugee’ – film tells story of life at Calais camp known as the ‘Jungle’

Scene from film.

The camp outside Calais known as the "Jungle", once home to thousands of people, was demolished by French authorities in 2016. Now a new film tells the story of the camp from a refugee's perspective. In Another Life was shot on location in the Calais Jungle and through a fictional story focuses on Adnan a …

Free cycle security and road danger awareness training outside the Beeb

Policy cycle event.

The Metropolitan Police will be holding a free "exchanging places" and security event outside Broadcasting House this month to help cyclists ride defensively and prevent cycle theft. It is an opportunity for cyclists to get their bikes marked with a security tag that can be registered on a database to prevent theft. If the cycle …

Tale of great but troubled writer Patrick Hamilton returns to the West End

Man on stage.

The life of a writer who set novels in Fitzrovia and gained fame with his plays will be told on stage with two performances in December. Mark Farrelly's solo play The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton returns to London's West End for two special performances at Leicester Square Theatre. Patrick Hamilton (1904-1962) …

Fitzrovia’s ‘lost’ theatre returns for a week of poetry and memorabillia

Front of polytechnic building.

Tucked away below a narrow street in Fitzrovia is a place that for nearly two decades was home to a radical theatre company. Now that hidden landmark on the neighbourhood's artistic heritage trail will open again for just one week. The Soho Poly theatre -- forerunner of today’s Soho Theatre on Dean Street -- operated …

Readings and music to celebrate Fitzrovia’s best known artists, writers and eccentrics

Illustration of Virginia Woolf.

Fitzrovia has long been known for its Bohemian character attracting some of Britain’s best known artists, writers and eccentrics. This colourful past will be celebrated this month with an evening of heresy at the unlikely venue of a Welsh Baptist church. Blacktooth productions, a small, not-for-profit literary organisation, will be putting on a collection of …

Life on Middlesex Hospital’s Aids wards revealed in book and exhibition

Two men on a bed in hospital ward.

A book containing a collection of photographs documenting the treatment of patients on London's first Aids wards will be released with an exhibition in November leading up to World Aids Day. The Ward, which is published by Fitzrovia-based Trolley Books, contains candid photographs of patients, their friends and family, hospital staff, along with texts from …

‘Bigger than ever’ street party at The Warren

Playground and open space.

There will be a "bigger than ever" street party at The Warren open space this Saturday afternoon organised by a local youth charity. Fitzrovia Youth in Action will hold a street party and community dinner with a range of entertainment. There will also be a cinema tent showing films made by young people. Fitzrovia Street …

All day comedy at Fitzrovia pub in aid of cancer charity

Front of pub.

A Fitzrovia pub is hosting an all day comedy medley this Saturday with performers raising money for a cancer charity. "We will have 42 comedians -- no one famous I'm afraid -- from the London open mic scene performing over eight hours," says Jack Wheeler who is organising the event. "We have eight one hour …

All the fun of the fair at All Souls Primary School

All Souls Primary School will be holding its annual summer fair this Saturday when the playground will be open to the public and part of Riding House Street will be closed for the event.     There will be live music, some great food, and all the usual fête-type stalls, plus a circus-skills workshop (for …

Science for the public good or a dystopian future where artificial intelligence goes on the rampage?

Front of wobbly building on Howland Street.

Ground-breaking research into human thought and a vision of rogue robots and replicants hungry for more life will collide at a major event in Howland Street this week as part of Fitzrovia Festival. Georgina Ferry introduces Neural Architects, her behind-the-scenes account of a unique collaboration between a leading architectural practice, Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd, and …

Festival explores the past, present and future of historic neighbourhood

Black and white photograph of Charlotte Place in 1970s or early 1980s.

Fitzrovia Festival kicks off tonight with the first of a series of events exploring the past, present and future of the neighbourhood. Festival, which was started in 1973 and promoted the name Fitzrovia, is a week of guided walks, exhibitions and a literary events. It doesn't quite have the kudos of Hay-on-Wye, but Fitzrovia Festival …

200 years of Fitzrovia’s exotic musical history

Plaque for Queen's Hall.

Fitzrovia has a rich history of concerts and a strong connection to many famous composers and performers. Mendelssohn to (Pink Floyd’s Nick) Mason? Coates to Clapton? Britten to Bechet? Pagani’s to the Casa Prada? Henry Wood to Hendrix? All the above lived, performed or were meeting places in Fitzrovia’s exotic musical history. Nick Bailey, local resident …

Summer open day at community centre

Posters on notice board.

Fitzrovia Centre in Foley Street will welcome people to the building for a day of workshops and activities as part of FitzFest this June. "Come and celebrate the best of our neighbourhood with acoustic quartet, Yorker, Scale Down Poetry Collective and a session with the Fitzrovia Village dancers," says the invitation in their latest newsletter. …

Four survivors recall the trauma of childhood in chapel performance

Actors on stage.

At the Fitzrovia Chapel next month is a new play, Finishing Touches, by established theatre playwright Brian Daniels. This dynamic modern production explores the impact of childhood sexual abuse on survivors. Carol and her daughter Dawn struggle with their strained relationship. Neil and Roy, two old boarding school pals are thrown together again after 30 years. …

Family law and relationship therapy served with coffee and cake

Chocolate brownies on a plate.

If your relationship is getting you down then help is at hand at a cosy cafe in Warren Street which is hosting a number of free workshops designed to soften the impact of familial discord with the help of some sugar-laced treats. Family law solicitors from Grayfords on Fitzroy Square will be running a series of …

Verses from Dylan Thomas’s previously unseen fifth notebook revealed

The Wheatsheaf. The second home of Maclaren-Ross and the current home of The Sohemians

The Wheatsheaf pub in Rathbone Place will be the venue this weekend for the launch of a book containing previously unpublished verses by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Literature professor John Goodby’s new critical and scholarly guide contains the very first appearance of material from Dylan Thomas’s fifth notebook, discovered in 2014, and consists of whole verses …

True romance of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears revealed in new play

Image of Britten and Pears.

The private life of composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears will be played out in public and on stage this June ahead of the anniversary of the repeal of the law that criminalised sex between men. Tell Me The Truth About Love, written by historian and playwright Sue Blundell, celebrates the relationship between the composer and his long-term …