Morris dancers to face up to each other in the streets of Fitzrovia

Poster display.

Troupes of rival of morris dancers will be visiting Fitzrovia to entertain the hordes outside some of the neighbourhood's overflowing pubs this week. Westminster Morris Men will be squaring up to the Blackheath Morris Men and Greensleeves Morris Men for a showdown on Wednesday evening. Morris dancing is a traditional English dance, with different varieties across the country. The Westminster mob perform …

Residents invited to discuss West End Project and rough sleeping

Motor traffic on Tottenham Court Road at night.

Camden's Bloomsbury ward councillors have invited residents in Fitzrovia to attend a public meeting this week to discuss plans for Tottenham Court Road and concerns about people sleeping on the streets. In an email to residents councillors Adam Harrison, Sabrina Francis and Rishi Madlani say they will give an update on these two issues. The West End Project -- …

Winter party offers a seasonal celebration for all ages

Winter leaves and lights.

Fitzrovia Centre in Foley Street is holding its annual Winter Party on Saturday and is encouraging people to bring something to share and make a donation of unwanted clothes and groceries. You can enjoy arts and crafts activities, face painting and glitter tattoos, and a chance to meet Mother Christmas! There will be food, drink, and …

Free cycle maintenance and information at Whitfield Gardens for Bike Week 2016

Two men and bicycle.

Cyclists living and working in Fitzrovia can get a free check up of their bike and pick up information about cycling in London at Whitfield Gardens today as part of Bike Week 2016. If you are new to cycling in London or not sure about getting around safely the stall situated on the corner of …

Festival to celebrate Fitzrovia’s music heritage opens

String musicians sitting in a room playing their instruments.

The inaugural music festival to celebrate the many musicians and composers who have had a connection with Fitzrovia will kick off this Wednesday with the first of a series of concerts and other events. Local resident Dan Bates, a classically-trained oboist, is leading the programme under the banner of “FitzFest: Fitzrovia’s annual community music festival”. The musical …

Free summer picnic event at The Warren

Part of poster for summer picnic.

Camden based charity Fitzrovia Youth in Action will be holding a free summer picnic this Saturday at The Warren open space in Whitfield Place. "Organised by a group of young people, the picnic event will feature a free BBQ, bouncy castle, outdoor games, live performances and more," says Fitzrovia Youth in Action. FYA are also using …

Conference examines the role of Bangladeshis in British society

Part of conference programme.

Bangladeshis have been living in Britain since the eighteenth century and they have changed people's eating habits, making curry as British as fish and chips. But despite being one of the largest and most well established minority ethnic groups they are one of the most deprived in terms of health, living conditions and employment. The Sixth Annual Conference on …

Private renting and inequality under discussion at tenants meeting

Front of Camden Federation of Private Tenants offices.

Camden Council's private renting scrutiny work, and housing and inequality in London, are the topics for discussion at next week's public meeting organised by the campaign group Camden Federation of Private Tenants. Councillor Danny Beales, chair of Camden Council’s Housing Scrutiny Committee will be talking about the work of the Private Rented Sector Scrutiny Panel. …

Venezuelan architect to discuss civic involvement to promote public art and open space

Architect and artist Alejandro Haiek Coll from Venezuela will be speaking about improving public spaces at a free event next Tuesday (5 April) in Grafton Way. In his architectural work Haiek Coll is interested in the design of a logistic chain of events with a strong social component and are focused on the renewal and resuscitation of inactive …

Plans for Middlesex Hospital Chapel to host music, dance and weddings

Inside of Middlesex Hospital Chapel.

The Middlesex Hospital Chapel could become a venue for music, dance and weddings under plans to be unveiled at an open day in March. Edward Turner, chair of the The Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation, told Fitzrovia News: "We are applying for a premises licence and a licence for civil marriages that, if granted, would allow us to …

A Fitzrovia music festival takes to the stage in June 2016

Man playing oboe.

A music festival celebrating the many musicians and composers who have had a connection with Fitzrovia will take place in early June, the first of an annual event say the organisers. The series of performances will take place at a variety of yet-to-be-chosen venues throughout the neighbourhood assisted by an Arts Council of England grant. There …

Updated plans for Marylebone to Fitzrovia cycle route to be shown

Map of proposed cycle routes.

Updated plans for a Marylebone to Fitzrovia cycle route are to be shown at a public consultation event on Thursday 28 January. Plans for a new route connecting Edgware Road to Cleveland Street, as part of the Central London Cycle Grid, will be unveiled after changes following a previous consultation. "In October 2015 the City Council consulted residents and businesses on proposals …

Comments invited on University of London Bloomsbury campus plans

Map and information.

Camden Council is hosting a public forum on Wednesday 27 January to hear the public's views on long-term proposals by the University of London for its Bloomsbury campus. The University of London Masterplan will inform the estate strategy over the next 15-20 years and set out key principles, aspirations and development parameters to inform future development on the campus …

Hand drawn three-dimensional map to illustrate neighbourhood plan

Hand drawn map of streets.

A draft neighbourhood plan and a hand drawn, three-dimensional map of the Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Area will be on display at a special exhibition on Monday at the Getty Images Gallery. The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum will be presenting ideas and proposals for the neighbourhood area and unveiling a hand drawn map of the streets by artist …

Independent authors and books event at Grafton Arms pub

Front of Grafton Arms public house.

Are books on your Christmas gift list? The Grafton Arms pub in Fitzrovia is hosting an afternoon where book lovers can meet five London authors, browse their books and get some original Christmas gifts, all while enjoying a drink. The authors are Stephen Oram, who writes science fiction with social comment set in a near-future …

Air quality and licensing under discussion at Bloomsbury community meeting

Smog over central London.

Camden Council's Bloomsbury ward Councillors are hosting a meeting to discuss air quality in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, and Camden’s Licensing Policy this Monday. Councillors Sabrina Francis, Adam Harrison, and Rishi Madlani invite Bloomsbury ward residents to views on the air quality problem, and how licensing policy could better address local concerns about the social impact of sales of alcohol. …

Venues in and around Fitzrovia to visit for Open House Weekend 2015

Open House London 2015

Open House London 2015 takes place over the weekend of 19 and 20 September and is the capital's largest annual festival of architecture and design. Below we list the venues in and around Fitzrovia that will be taking part. Birkbeck School of Arts, 39 Gordon Square, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, Sunday …

Middlesex Hospital Chapel open for London architecture festival

Outside of chapel.

The chapel that once stood at the heart of the Middlesex Hospital on Mortimer Street is to open to the public this month after undergoing a £2million restoration. Completed in 1929 for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors of the Middlesex Hospital, and closed since 2005 when the hospital was vacated, it has stood …

Local youth charity celebrates coming of age with street party

Fitzrovia street party poster.

Local charity Fitzrovia Youth in Action (FYA) will celebrate 18 years of work with young people by holding a free street party and community dinner this Saturday. The event will take place at The Warren playground at the north end of Whitfield Street and is being organised and hosted by young people. "The event is expected …