French school under scrutiny after illegal work on listed buildings

Front of three Georgian builldings.

A French school due to start its first teaching year this autumn has had to learn about English heritage the hard way after it was warned against unauthorised alterations to listed buildings in one of London's best preserved Georgian squares. Ecole Jeannine Manuel, which has schools in Paris and Lille, acquired a lease last year on a group of Grade …

Ministry of Justice in odd arrangement at Bedford Square

Front of Georgian buildings.

Buildings in Bedford Square used by the Ministry of Justice to hold tax tribunals belong to a company registered in a tax haven, says Private Eye. The discovery by the Eye means the UK government is going against its own rules which forbids it from transferring its assets offshore. In this case it is paying a landlord that is registered …

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 …

Art fails into hole in the ground at Bedford Square

https://twitter.com/andydangerfield/status/327485728265224192 By Angela Lovely Is it art or is it rubbish art? That was the question I pondered as I looked into the perfect circle of a hole in the paving at Bedford Square this afternoon. One of my neighbours emailed Fitzovia News to say: "The Architectural Association have excavated a large hole on the …