Cycle to work this week (and every week) in Camden and Westminster

Don't let the weather put you off cycling to work because Camden and Westminster cyclists have some tips and events to make your journey a pleasure every day. Today (Monday) from 4:30pm to 7:30pm in Kensington Gardens there will be a free Dr Bike Mechanic, "Exchanging Places HGV Awareness", cycle security marking, and cycling information, organised by Westminster …

Tributes left for homeless man who died sleeping on Tottenham Court Road

Flowers left on pavement.

Bunches of flowers and messages have been left on Tottenham Court Road in memory of a homeless man who died last week while sleeping on the street. The Huffington Post reports that a man who was aged in his 40s and was known as "Irish Keith" died on the pavement outside Curry's PC World in …

Camden campaigns to stop domestic violence and abuse

Know you´re not alone placard.

Camden Council is today (Wednesday 25 November) taking part in White Ribbon Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. "Tackling domestic violence and abuse is a key priority for Camden," says the council which has created a new campaign -- Know You’re Not Alone. "We’ve created a 30 second video …

Westminster council unveils plans for Fitzrovia and Marylebone cycle quietway

Map of cycling route.

Westminster City Council is to hold an exhibition of plans to create an east-west cycling quietway through Fitzrovia and Marylebone. The section of this route being consulted on within the City of Westminster is approximately 2km in length. The streets affected by these proposals are Harrowby Street, Seymour Place, Crawford Street, Paddington Street, Nottingham Place, …

The literary journey out from Fitzroy Square

Front of Georgian building.

A hundred years ago this month The Voyage Out, the first novel by Virginia Woolf, was published. Woolf began writing the book when she was known as Virginia Stephen and while she was living in Fitzroy Square with her brother Adrian. Virginia and Adrian Stephen moved into 29 Fitzroy Square in March 1907. They had hesitated before taking …

Backing Into Light, by Colin Spencer – Review

Reviewed by Sebastian Wayneflete The latest publication by Goodge-Street-based Quartet Books has an unexpected intimate connection to the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre. Backing Into Light is the first volume of the autobiography of Colin Spencer. Many will know Spencer from his many years as a campaigning food columnist for the Guardian or for his much-treasured vegetarian …

The big problem with the Olympics is that one could almost certainly do it better a second time

By Adam Samuel I love Olympic Games. I’ve been watching them since 1972 and the memorial service for the murdered Israeli athletes at Munich. I can recite the winners and their times for the men’s 100, 200 and 400 metres races at Mexico in 1968 and the Brit who won bronze in the 400 metres …

Mark Cavendish and comments about “negative” Aussies

By William Rider Mark Cavendish's Twitter profile has the following warning: "Fast sprinter, faster talker. Disclaimer: May cause offence." He didn't manage to show us his fast sprint in Saturday's Olympic Road Race but we got a fine display of fast talking and offence. At the end of the race Cavendish who finished 28 lashed …

Camden Council should not let Arup and Derwent London run loose in Fitzrovia

By News Reporters Somebody in Camden Town Hall must have said: "Now -- between the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics -- would be a good time to sneak this out and hope nobody notices." To the north of the Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia neighbourhoods is Euston Station. Its proposed development as an HS2 terminal …

The Marylebone Forum should be attractive to Fitzrovia residents

Michael Bolt of the Marylebone Forum replies to our news feature "Should the Westminster part of Fitzrovia join a Marylebone neighbourhood forum?" First of all it has to be borne in mind what the Marylebone Forum is not. It is not a new form of amenity society, it is not a body seeking to take …

Rain fails to dampen fun and games at All Souls School summer fair

By News Reporters Bingo, games and a chance to win a new bicycle were on offer yesterday afternoon in a school playground in the heart of Fitzrovia. All Souls School celebrated another successful summer fair with huge support from children and adults, despite some heavy rain showers. With a space indoors and some canvas for …

Murray, Hoy and Tbilisi. The Fitzrovia Partnership’s Facebook failure

By Angela Lovely Things seem to be going from bad to worse on The Fitzrovia Partnership's Facebook page. I think they are trying too hard. It's not rocket science to run a Facebook page but the clueless Fitzrovia Partnership are making a real hash of it. Their latest bungle is knowing little about Wimbledon finalist …

Should the Westminster part of Fitzrovia join a Marylebone neighbourhood forum?

By News Reporters The Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association (FNA) has been asked to join a proposed Marylebone neighbourhood forum which would deal with planning issues and more under a separate organisation which would shape the future development of an area stretching from Cleveland Street up to the Edgware Road. However the FNA has hesitated saying it …

Art galleries total another seven up

By Clive Jennings Fitzrovia continues to attract art galleries at an alarming rate with seven new establishments opening in the three short months since I last reported in early March, namely: Black Arts Company, Derwent London Gallery,  England & Co, Margaret Street Gallery, Nettie Horn, Piper Gallery and Tiwani Contemporary. That’s an amazing rate of …

Free street performances on the square

By News Reporters Free summer lunchtime street entertainment started in Fitzroy Square on May 31, and  continues on various Thursdays until September. The idea was born when classical singer Tamara Stein needed somewhere for a fundraising performance in aid of African charity Sentebale. The Fitzrovia Residents' Association kindly agreed to let the soprano use the …

Robbers leave empty-handed after break-in at Carburton Street

By Crime Reporter The Metropolitan Police were called to the Media Centre in Carburton Street this morning after a break-in overnight at the premises. An employee from British Pathe who have offices at the building in Fitzrovia contacted us to give the following statement: "The Media Centre's door was smashed in last night. It's believed …

Art trade is fast replacing rag trade as former fashion showrooms become picture palaces

By Clive Jennings It is difficult to avoid the burgeoning art scene in Fitzrovia as more new galleries seem to pop up every week, and Eastcastle Street (or should that be Artcastle Street) and its environs are now a major International art destination. Art trade is fast replacing rag trade as galleries transform former fashion …