Science for the public good or a dystopian future where artificial intelligence goes on the rampage?

Front of wobbly building on Howland Street.

Ground-breaking research into human thought and a vision of rogue robots and replicants hungry for more life will collide at a major event in Howland Street this week as part of Fitzrovia Festival. Georgina Ferry introduces Neural Architects, her behind-the-scenes account of a unique collaboration between a leading architectural practice, Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd, and …

Festival explores the past, present and future of historic neighbourhood

Black and white photograph of Charlotte Place in 1970s or early 1980s.

Fitzrovia Festival kicks off tonight with the first of a series of events exploring the past, present and future of the neighbourhood. Festival, which was started in 1973 and promoted the name Fitzrovia, is a week of guided walks, exhibitions and a literary events. It doesn't quite have the kudos of Hay-on-Wye, but Fitzrovia Festival …

Derwent London is turning a little oasis into dystopia

CCTV in operation 24-7.

"Someone described the area as a little oasis in Fitzrovia, and we would not want to change that. We are a property company with sensitivities. We want to get rid of the idea that we will come in and knock everything down.” -- Simon Silver of Derwent London (interview with property press, November 2009). A building …

Author leads a guided walk of Fitzrovia’s famous pubs

Pub at night.

A guided walk to visit and learn about the history of some of Fitzrovia's famous pubs will take place tonight (Tuesday 23 June 2015) as part of Fitzrovia Festival 2015. Mike Pentelow, editor and features editor of Fitzrovia News, co-author of A Pub Crawl Through History: The Ultimate Boozers’ Who’s Who, and Freedom Pass London: Make the …

Fitzrovia Festival 2015 opens with art exhibition and silent auction

Embroidered artwork illustration man holding a bird on glove.

Fitzrovia Festival 2015 opens tonight with an exhibition and a silent auction of artworks created as part of a series of community development projects spanning more than 20 years. The handmade quilts, wall hangings, panels and decorative textile craftworks will be on display at the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre in Tottenham Street. All the items were made …

Ron Gauld, organiser of 1973 Fitzrovia Festival dies

Part of the original Fitzrovia Festival poster from 1973.

Ron Gauld one of the organisers of the very first Fitzrovia Festival has died after a short illness. He was taken ill a few weeks ago and later died in University College Hospital. His partner Janet was with him when he passed away on Tuesday. He was aged 83. Gauld who lived in Ridgmount Gardens was very …

The poster that helped name a London neighbourhood

Poster advertising Fitzrovia Festival 1973.

By Peter Berthoud It is quite well known that Fitzrovia gained its name from the Fitzroy Tavern and the artistic and literary crowd that hung out there and neighbouring pubs in the 1930s. The Tavern itself being named after Charles Fitzroy who began developing the area in the 1750s. But I didn't realise until recently …

Fitzrovia Festival celebrates 40 years of life and history

By News Reporters It was in June 1973 that the first Fitzrovia Festival was celebrated with people organising events to embrace life in Fitzrovia. For three decades it was a street festival but in recent years it has become a smaller event celebrating Fitzrovia’s special character and the neighbourhood’s history. In June 2013 we celebrate 40 …