Banners removed from Charlotte Street conservation area

By Peter Whyatt Tatty banners hanging from lamp posts in Charlotte Street and Goodge Street, in Fitzrovia, were finally removed last week after residents requested that they be taken down. The canvas banners which had been advertising "smoke free Camden" should not have been hung in the Charlotte Street conservation area, according to residents who …

Middlesex hospital paintings go on display in National Gallery

Painting of young women waiting in line.

Frederick Cayley Robinson's Acts of Mercy paintings which used to hang in the foyer of the since demolished Middlesex Hospital, Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, will go on public display at the National Gallery. Local people and Fitzrovia News campaigned to save the beautiful paintings which were due to be sold off by University College London NHS …

Permission sought to demolish historic workhouse building and build flats

By Linus Rees A planning application has been submitted to demolish the Middlesex Hospital Annex and former workhouse building in Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia. The site contains the last remaining example of a Georgian workhouse in London but has not been listed. The planning application was submitted to Camden Council last week. The proposal by University …

New children’s play space opens at Crabtree Fields

By Linus Rees After months of closure and construction works, a newly refurbished children's play area has opened this week at Crabtree Fields, Whitfield Street in Fitzrovia. The play space features timber climbing apparatus, sawdust, swings, and a sandy beach play area. The refurbishment was much-needed as the previous playground had fallen into disrepair and …

Advice workers very concerned about housing benefit cuts

By Linus Rees Advice workers at the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre are concerned about the effect that the proposed housing benefit limits will have on people living in central London. Many people asking for advice are already worried about being able to pay their rent when the cuts take effect next year. BBC London television journalists …

Exploring Fitzrovia’s darker side. Fitzroy Tavern, 1 July 2010

By Bohemian Wannabe I felt under-dressed in my t-shirt and jeans when I met my friends at Goodge Street tube station. Karen in her black chiffon ballet-style dress and stiletto heels, Jamie in his handmade blue herringbone hat, with blue fluff motif, tartan cut-offs, strolling along with his lacquered cane. Around thirty people gathered in …

The O of Fitzrovia – 2. The night the opera came to Fitzroy Square

By Jennifer Kavanagh Last year, British summer being what it is, I didn’t book for the one-night event, walked in, and found it quite wonderful. This year’s summer being what it is, I tried to book, and found it sold out. In fact, sitting in the little queue for returns, I discovered that even after …

Fitzrovia – Cycle rickshaw a success at Mela

By Linus Rees A cycle rickshaw reconstructed by Camden community centres and schools drew crowds of people at Sunday's Camden Bangladesh Mela in Regent's Park. Thousands of people gathered in the park on Sunday 4 July for a celebration of Bangladeshi culture. The cycle rickshaw was one of a pair shipped specially from Bangladesh to …

Fitzrovia – Bangladesh celebration in park and museum

By Linus Rees Celebrations of British-Bangladeshi art and culture will take place in Regent's Park and the British Museum after months of preparation by Camden's community organisations. There will be a Bangladesh Mela in Regent's Park on Sunday 4 July, and a week of displays, workshops and other events at the British Museum. This year's …

Fitzrovia – Film criticises proposed business improvement district

By News Reporters A new short film criticises a business group's plans to commercialise Fitzrovia and increase the amount of restaurants and cafes on offer. The film suggests that Fitzrovia could become a tourist and entertainment destination like Camden Town and the West End with increased licensing hours and nuisance to residents. Whose Fitzrovia? was …