Significant women at film co-op screening

Photo montage.

For International Women's Day the London Socialist Film Co-op is showing films documenting the lives of two significant women: Claudia Jones and María Zambrano Alarcon. Hidden Herstories: Claudia Jones. Octavia Foundation Young People, UK 2010 [U], 15 mins. Claudia Jones (1945-1964), was a founder of the West Indian Workers and Students Association, started the West …

Life images of India and Nepal at Newman House

Photographs from India.

Portraits of everyday life in southern Asia by documentary photographer Leo Manning-Jones will be on view at the launch of a new office space in Newman Street this Tuesday (17 February). The public are invited to join the hosts of Newman House, a new co-working space in the heart of Fitzrovia, for a social evening to see the office space, …

Lifestyle magazine celebrates fourth issue at Getty Images Gallery

Magazine cover preview.

The free quarterly culture and lifestyle magazine Fitzrovia Journal gets another outing this Wednesday evening with the launch of the fourth issue at the Getty Images Gallery. As well as copies of the latest issue entitled "Definition" to pick up there will be a preview screening of the forthcoming Fitzrovia Journal documentary made by Foliage Films. …

Buriers launch vinyl recording at The Lucky Pig

Band playing on rooftop.

English folk and spoken word band Buriers (nee A Band Of Buriers) are to launch a limited edition vinyl EP at Fitzrovia basement bar The Lucky Pig this Monday ahead of their 13 date European tour in February. Singer James P Honey has been likened to a modern-day Leonard Cohen and the London based band …

Festive food and a puppet show at Pollock’s toy shop

Front of toy museum.

Pollock's toy shop will be open late for Christmas shopping for one night only in December, and customers can enjoy some free mince pies, mulled wine, gingerbread men, and view a traditional puppet show. The Toy Shop is located within Pollock's Toy Museum on the corner of Scala Street and Whitfield Street. "The late night opening will be an …

Architecture students present future narratives at Fitzrovia gallery

Graphic image of oil city.

A selection of some of the most imaginative work of post-graduate architecture students from London schools is currently on display at a gallery in Tottenham Street. Curated by The Architecture Foundation the exhibition contains drawings, models and graphic imagery that engage with placemaking and regeneration. Eleven students display theoretical and speculative designs, re-imagining cities from London …

Festive lights, winter market, and a message from your local BID manager

Lee Lyons Christmas message.

Christmas lights will be switched on this Thursday (13 November) and there will be a winter street market held later in the month, the Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District has announced. The festive lights will be turned on in Tottenham Court Road, Charlotte Street, Goodge Street and Maple Street at an event taking place at 5pm …

The Great Welsh Bake Off

Woman with table of cakes.

Visitors to Fitzroy Square today were given the chance to taste Welsh cakes, bara brith, teisen lap and other treats baked especially  for the Dylan Thomas centenary celebrations. Heather Shaill cooked up some of the cakes and also vegetarian savory dish, Camarthen sausages. Also in Fitzroy Square today were sheep (from Hackney City Farm) and poetry …

Sheep, shed and events to celebrate Dylan Thomas’s birth centenary

Woman standing on steps of shed.

Monday 27 October marks 100 years since the birth of Dylan Thomas -- Welsh poet and member of Fitzrovia's 1930s literary scene. This weekend (25-26 October) the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festival celebrates his life in London with a number of events, including some special last-minute literary offers and some unusual visual sites around the neighbourhood. In Fitzroy …

Music, poetry and dance for World Mental Health Day

Part of a poster with image of Dylan Thomas.

Music, dance and poetry to mark World Mental Health Day and inspired by Dylan Thomas will be performed this Friday afternoon in Fitzrovia, organised by a charity working with people with mental illness. Upbeat Music was established in 2006 by mental health service users in direct response to the needs of their community. The charity is based in …

Battle for Aids medicines and portrait of Irish migrant workers at film co-op

Woman and child walk along street.

This month's Socialist Film Co-op presents two films: a feature-length documentary about the cost of AIDS medicines, and a short film about Irish migrant workers in north-west London. FIRE IN THE BLOOD Dylan Mohan Gray, India 2013 [PG], 84 mins The first non-fiction feature from India to be theatrically released in either the US or UK, …

The creative spirit of Dylan Thomas is alive in Fitzrovia

Man holding oil painting.

By Nikki Shaill Since joining the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festival team just three weeks ago, I’ve delighted in discovering the creative community and lively neighbourhood that lies between the busy streets of Tottenham Court Road and Warren Street. This week I had the pleasure of meeting members of collective Art Fitzrovia, discussing Dylan Thomas with them …

Housing trust conjures up a tea party at children’s playground

Conjurer entertaining.

Local housing charity The Fitzrovia Trust held a tea party at the Fitzrovia Children's Playground in Whitfield Street this afternoon (Sunday 6 July). Children took part in games, face-painting and were entertained by a conjurer. The event was sponsored by the Fitzrovia Partnership. The Fitzrovia Trust acquires mixed-use properties to provide high quality affordable housing and works closely with councils …

Summer 2014 events in and around Fitzrovia

Poster advertising Fitzrovia Festival 1973.

Fitzrovia News will be taking a well-earned break for a few weeks, so you'll have to amuse yourselves. But we don't want to leave you totally helpless, so we've cobbled together some happenings for you to enjoy. Saturday 28 June: 10am to 5pm. Fitzrovia Festival. Exhibition, browse and buy bookstall, guided walk, information about the …

Bedford Square and Fitzroy Square open for paying visitors

Fitzroy Square Private Garden, residents only.

Normally under lock and key Bedford Square and Fitzroy Square will this weekend be open to the public -- as long as they pay to get in -- as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend. The gates to the private gardens in Fitzrovia's largest and greenest of spaces are normally shut to the public. Fitzroy Square is …

New venue rising beneath Oxford Street

Shop front.

On Wednesday evening beneath the well-trodden pavement of Oxford Street the sounds of guitar and saxophone will be filling the void hidden from the day's shoppers. Guitarist Jim Mullen and saxophonist Sean Khan will be serving a up a heady cocktail of jazz funk and DJ Eon Irving will be keeping the dancefloor filled. Called the Phoenix …

Filmgoers of the world unite!

Woman standing with film programme in front of mural.

Cinema with a global social commitment gets under way next week with a five day festival of films about labour issues and the class struggle. The second London Labour Film Festival will take place at the Odeon Covent Garden and features eleven films including several premiers. Organised by film producer Anna Burton, she spoke to Fitzrovia News about …

Live and low-key on Langham Street for Record Store Day

Man singing and playing guitar.

There was a time when Fitzrovia boasted more record shops than Soho, apparently. Now since JB's Records moved to Waterloo and On The Beat in Hanway Street has closed there is only one remaining... and on any other day you'd have to look hard to find it. In fact we didn't even know it was …