A Philadelphia-themed diner and bar on Cleveland Street is adapting to change to continue trading

Man standing in front of shop.

While most hot food businesses have shut up shop due to the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown others are adapting and delivering a new service. One such business is Passyunk Avenue on Cleveland Street -- a Philadelphia-themed food, cheese steak, and dive bar named after a thoroughfare running diagonally through the dense network of downtown …

Much loved cat goes missing on Cleveland Street. Have you seen him?

Coco lying down.

A much loved black cat has gone missing and we are asking readers of Fitzrovia News if they have seen him. "He is very much loved and we miss him so very much," says Verity who contacted us. "He has been missing since 30 December from our flat on Cleveland Street, near the corner with …

Three venues in Fitzrovia seek late night licences

Entrance to bar.

Late night licence applications for three premises in Fitzrovia are currently being consulted upon by Camden Council. Owners of the Reverend JW Simpson in Goodge Street are seeking to vary their existing licence to serve alcohol until 2am on four nights a week. The application states: "The proposed variation is to extend the sale of …

Nightingale wards at workhouse should be ‘refurbished as housing for local people’ says historian

Front of workhouse building.

A prominent historian has criticised plans to demolish buildings on the site of the former Strand Union Workhouse in Cleveland Street, ahead of a decision this week by Camden council on the future of the site. Writing on Spitalifields Life Dr Ruth Richardson argues that the destruction of former hospital wards would mean the loss …

Human remains ‘should be anticipated’ at former workhouse site

Human remains from an historic burial ground at the former workhouse building in Fitzrovia are very likely to still exist and would have to be removed before any redevelopment of the site says a report from Museum of London Archaeology. The report is a desk-based analysis and draws together evidence from historical records and the results …

Workhouse plans fail to deliver on housing, heritage and open space

Front of workhouse building.

Proposals by a hospital charity to redevelop the site of the former Strand Union Workhouse on Cleveland Street have been met with over 150 letters of objection sent to Camden Council which is due to make a decision on the plans later this year. The site was last used as the Middlesex Hospital Annex in 2006 …

A Fitzrovia pub is brewing its own beer on the premises

Pub on corner of street.

The George and Dragon in Fitzrovia is to become the only pub of its kind in the West End when it starts selling its own brand of beer brewed on the premises early next year. The pub opened again this autumn after changing hands and the new owners Ray Corner and Charles Gardner have given it a light renovation and …

Westminster Council releases viability report on Cleveland Street site

Hoarding around building site.

After months of stalling Westminster City Council has finally released a secret report explaining the finances behind plans for a major development of luxury flats by a private company on land owned by the council. In June 2015 a committee headed by councillor Robert Davis approved plans for a controversial development of 105 flats in three tower blocks but …

North-south cycle ‘quietway’ proposed for Fitzrovia streets

Drawing of public realm changes.

A north-south cycle route with contraflows and a segregated track is planned through the centre of Fitzrovia by Westminster City Council and Transport for London as part of a Central London Cycle Grid. The route would link Fitzrovia with Pimlico via Trafalgar Square and St James's Park. The streets in Fitzrovia affected by the proposals are …

London Assembly member directs Mayor to reject plans for Cleveland Street development

Man and woman looking out window.

A Greater London Assembly member has directed the Mayor of London to reject plans to redevelop a triangular commercial building in Cleveland Street after making a visit to the site and meeting local people. Murad Qureshi a Labour member of the Greater London Assembly (GLA) met residents in July to listen to their concerns about plans for a major …

Banksy is not a ‘disgrace’ – it is Westminster council that is a disgrace

Banksy artwork on wall saying: If Graffiti Changed Anything.

Councillor Robert Davis at his first planning committee since receiving an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List showed no signs of the humility normally associated with someone recognised for public service. If he was humbled, he was hiding it well. Davis was a sight to behold has he read out his lengthy declaration of interest before …

Westminster Council planners accused of ‘cavalier attitude’ over Banksy site redevelopment plans

Aerial view of buildings.

A residents' association in Fitzrovia has accused Westminster Council's planning officers of having a "cavalier attitude" towards assessing documents for a major development proposal and has asked for the consultation period to be extended. However, the City Council has rejected the claim and says the application will go before councillors this week. In an exchange of letters seen …

Three weekends of road closures in final push to complete Fitzroy Place

Men laying tarmac.

Several streets in the centre of Fitzrovia will be closed over three weekends in June to enable resurfacing and paving works in Mortimer Street. The work is being carried out as part of the final stages of the troublesome Fitzroy Place development on the former Middlesex Hospital site. The work will be done by Volker Highways, acting …

Westminster’s planners delay decision on Cleveland Street site for a second time

Street frontage of commercial building.

Westminster council’s planners have for a second time postponed a decision on an application to redevelop a commercial building at 87–125 Cleveland Street. An email seen by Fitzrovia News says that the application, due to be decided on Tuesday 19 May by a planning sub-committee headed by Westminster's deputy leader Robert Davis, has been taken …

Westminster council to decide on plans for 105 flats with no social housing

End of building.

A planning committee headed by the deputy leader of Westminster City Council is due to decide on Tuesday if a development of 105 apartments in Fitzrovia can go ahead despite the scheme providing no social housing, and in the face of criticism that the council is not being open about its own interest in the …

Printers leave Westminster for Camden in shop swap

Staff standing outside shop.

They've been in Cleveland Street for nearly 30 years and now they've moved to their third premises. Western Printers were forced out of their old shop by development plans but when we visited them this week they were all smiles and happy to be in their new shop, even though it is smaller. Husband and …

A ‘crassly over-developed’ scheme planned for Cleveland Street

End of building.

Residents in Holcroft Court and Cleveland Street have received an early and unwanted Christmas present after a planning application revealed the true scale of a huge building development mere metres from their windows. The residents are furious with Dukelease Properties, Assael Architecture, and PR company Four Communications, who stand accused of giving out false information and trying …

Banksy building faces threat of demolition

End of building.

Small and medium size businesses, shops and a sports bar have been given notice to quit a building complex in Cleveland Street ahead of a planning application to redevelop the site for a mixed-use development. The developer Dukelease is currently showing outline plans for the complete demolition and redevelopment which will mean a wall where the street …