Fitzrovia – Looking for relatives of Reginald Anderson

Julie Anderson is looking for relatives or friends that may have known her father Reginald Anderson. He was born in Bolsover Street, Fitzrovia,  in 1923, and passed away in March 2009.  He grew up in the area and his father had a shoemakers shop on corner of Hanson Street. Julie is trying to piece together …

Fitzrovia – Stanhope may bid for former Middlesex hospital site when it goes on market

Stanhope may bid for the former Middlesex hospital site when it goes on the market. Former Middlesex hospital site in London back on market - Property Week In the meantime Stanhope have agreed with residents in Fitzrovia to allow temporary allotments on the site subject to planning permission being granted by Westminster City Council. See …

Fitzrovia – Penny drops out after a fine run

Bloomsbury councillor Penny Abraham will retire at the elections in May this year. Her work has been widely appreciated in Fitzrovia and she has gained respect and affection. The Charlotte Street Association is organising a ‘Presentation Fund’ for members and all who live and work in Fitzrovia. If you would like to make a contribution …

Fitzrovia – New scheme proposed on workhouse site

Significant changes were announced by University College Hospital NHS Trust to the proposals to develop on the former workhouse site in Cleveland Street. At a Camden Council Development Control Forum on 23 February new proposals to develop the site were presented which showed a scheme of about 140 flats, a walkway to Charlotte Street and …

Fitzrovia – Don’t get me wrong: Simon Silver of Derwent London plc talks to Fitzrovia News

By News Reporters In November 2009 Derwent London plc announced plans to redevelop some of their properties in Fitzrovia. They received a lot of positive media coverage and Fitzrovia News ran a critical article in our December issue (115) on pages 6 and 7. In February of this year Simon Silver, a director and head …

Fitzrovia – Free dance classes on Sunday 7 March 2010

Egoist Body Studios in Fitzroy Square will take part in the nationwide Let’s Dance Change for Life campaign on Sunday 7 March 2010 where you can try the following classes for free: 10:00 – 11:00 Dynamic Yoga; 11:00 – 12:00 80s Aerobics; 13:00 – 14:00 Latin Dance Zumba; 14:00 – 15:00 Viennese Waltz To register …

Fitzrovia – Wet cold and clueless in Fitzrovia

Confused about where Fitzrovia is? Clueless is more like what the fools were who turned up at Whitfield Gardens on Saturday 5 December to promote local shopping. A Golden Santa complete with steel band and squeezed between Starbucks and Cafe Nero; and in the pouring rain under those stupid fairy lights. "Do you shop local?" …

Viva Fitzrovia – A short film about Fitzrovia

A new short film about Fitzrovia describes recent events and tells of the area's history. Paolo Sedazzari of Brand New Films, and a former resident of Fitzrovia, made the film in response to the recent threat by developers: "The film deals with the debate raging about property developers and estate agents dubbing the area ‘Noho’ …

Fitzrovia – Pigeons will now enjoy lights at Whitfield Gardens

Camden council chose to ignore objections from residents and installed Christmas lights in the badly neglected Whitfield Gardens. Friends of the Opens Spaces Fitzrovia have been campaigning to get Camden council to make repairs to the cracked paving stones, remove graffiti,  and deal with the pigeon and rat problem at the Gardens. The Friends group …

Fitzrovia – Media glare on the neighbourhood

Fitzrovia was hardly out of the news during November as Rebecca Hossack competed with Derwent London plc to be the darling of the hacks and radio hosts. Rebecca grinned her way through the Camden New Journal and the Evening Standard and featured on Robert Elms’ Radio London show extolling the virtues of growing veg on …

Fitzrovia – Stanhope dumps Noho and courts Fitzrovia Gardeners

Stanhope plc the new developer of the former Middlesex Hospital site has delighted local people with their plans to abandon the name Noho and to allow garden allotments on the site for at least 12 months. In a November letter to people living around the site Stanhope stated that architect Allies & Morrison will design …

Fitzrovia – Heavy lorries will join buses on diversion

Lorries servicing the Crossrail development at Tottenham Court Road will join buses on diversion travelling through Fitzrovia’s streets at a rate of four to five per hour during the construction works. The announcement was made by Transport for London (TfL) at a November meeting with residents. Residents were also told that all the east bound …

Fitzrovia – Hospital amputates affordable housing from workhouse site

By News Reporters Residents are angry about the lack of affordable housing being proposed on the former hospital and Victorian workhouse site in Cleveland Street and overdevelopment in a conservation area. Residents were invited to view an exhibition in November where summary plans were displayed. University College London Hospital NHS Trust who own the site …

Fitzrovia – Plan to turn “little oasis” into busy retail precinct

By News Reporters One of Fitzrovia’s quietest streets could be transformed into a busy, pedestrianised retail destination under plans being put forward by one to the area’s largest landowners. Derwent London who own more than 30 properties in Fitzrovia want to attract more visitors to Whitfield Street and into new cafes, shops and galleries in …