Plan to create statue of social reformer at Fitzrovia housing estate

Oil painting of Thomas Holcroft

A resident in Fitzrovia is leading a campaign to create a statue of an 18th century social reformer to be placed outside a block of flats named after him. Denise Julien wants to see a likeness of Thomas Holcroft outside the Holcroft Court housing estate. She told Fitzrovia News: "I want to ask postgraduate art …

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 …

Election-season music and Eurosceptic parody at basement bar

Graphic image.

There will be an amusing dose of election-season music and eurosceptic parody at a basement bar in Clipstone Street next week. Singer-songwriter Jonny Abrams will be performing a half-hour acoustic set from his forthcoming musical/rock opera "Farage Against the Machine" at The Lucky Pig cocktail bar. UKIP the Musical: Songs from Farage Against the Machine (Free …

Buriers launch vinyl recording at The Lucky Pig

Band playing on rooftop.

English folk and spoken word band Buriers (nee A Band Of Buriers) are to launch a limited edition vinyl EP at Fitzrovia basement bar The Lucky Pig this Monday ahead of their 13 date European tour in February. Singer James P Honey has been likened to a modern-day Leonard Cohen and the London based band …

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 …

Clipstone Service Station closes for the last time

A cyclists rides passed a closed petrol station in Fitzrovia, London.

One of London's last remaining petrol stations within the congestion-charge zone has shut for the last time. This week the Jet service station and Mace shop at Clipstone Street in Fitzrovia closed after what is believed to be more than 40 years of trading. The service station was used by a lot of taxi drivers. …

“If graffiti changed anything – it would be illegal” mural in Fitzrovia is a genuine Banksy

Part of Banksy's website showing outdoor works.

The artwork on a wall in Clipstone Street, Fitzrovia, has now been confirmed as a genuine Banksy after the artist's official website published a picture of it along with his other works. The "If graffiti changed anything - it would be illegal" work was the subject of much speculation about whether it was actually the …

Banksy’s rat daubs graffiti in Fitzrovia

Writing on a wall says: "If graffiti changed anything - it would be illegal"

A new artwork believed to have been created by the artist Banksy has appeared on a wall in Fitzrovia, central London during Easter Monday. The work in blood red paint features the stencilled rat which has appeared in many of his creations.   The red paint which has been slapped on quickly contains runs, and …