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 …

Driver crashes lorry into lamp post on Goodge Street

Broken lamp post.

A sign directing people to Goodge Street tube station was left pointing skyward today after a truck collided with a lamp post at a busy junction in Fitzrovia. An eyewitness told Fitzrovia News that the driver had hit the lamp post while turning the corner from Goodge Street into Charlotte Street bringing it crashing to the …

Residents to voice concerns on plan to pedestrianise Oxford Street

Buses and taxis on Oxford Street.

Residents from Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho are to meet with London Assembly Transport Committee Members this week to voice their concerns over Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's plan to pedestrianise Oxford Street. In June the London Assembly Transport Committee heard from representatives from businesses in the West End, Transport for London, and Westminster City Council who …

A week of gluttony beckons in the streets of Fitzrovia

Street scene.

Seven days of food and booze events centred on Charlotte Street is to be served up beginning Monday 29 June, organised by The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District. This is the second year running the Fitzrovia BID is holding an event under the banner of "Feast@Fitzrovia" in its attempt to re-brand the neighbourhood as "London's Food & Drink Quarter". Last year's effort …

Cake shop opens in ‘pretty Fitzrovia’

Staff standing in front of bakers.

Goodge Street's newest shop sells cakes that are "made with love and taste delicious", says Stephanie Buchanan who's been with Konditor & Cook just seven weeks and is now managing the new store. The Goodge Street bakery which opened to serve customers at 11 am this morning adds to the small number of premises the company has in …

East Coast seafood on Goodge Street

Front of restaurant.

Newly opened on Goodge Street is Fraq's Lobster Shack which offers a Maine-inspired seafood experience with a touch of Brooklyn style. The restaurant opened this week at a location where a number of eateries have come and gone over the last few years in Fitzrovia's crowded food market. The name Fraq comes from the Fraquelli family who are also connected with Metropolitan …

Buses diverted through Fitzrovia for summer 2014

Map of bus diversion routes.

Streets in Fitzrovia will carry bus diversions from next week until the end of the summer say TfL due to the closure of Oxford Street and New Oxford Street for eastbound traffic between Oxford Circus and Bloomsbury Street. The diversions will be along Mortimer Street, Goodge Street and Chenies Street. The diversions includes both daytime and …

My commute: Maya de Souza cycles from Highgate to Millbank

Woman standing with folding bicycle.

Maya de Souza passes through Fitzrovia on her commute to work from Highgate to Millbank. Cycling from the north to the south of the London Borough of Camden and into the City of Westminster gives her the opportunity to see at first hand the challenges of managing London's environment. It's something that comes in handy …

Turning shirts into sherry. How the relaxation of planning regulations is opening the door to more restaurants

Front of sherry bar.

Fitzrovia is losing its variety of retail frontages to wine bars and restaurants as the relaxation of planning regulations takes effect. It is leading to a saturation of places to eat and drink, a change in the character of the streets, and the variety of Fitzrovia is being diluted. Drakes Tabanco at 3 Windmill Street …

Georgian facade on Goodge Street demolished after it became unstable

Building site.

The facade of an 18th century building which was meant to be preserved had to be demolished in December after it became unstable. The building at 1-3 Goodge Street which was the subject of a campaign to preserve it was demolished in the autumn of 2013 but the facade was meant to remain and be …

Masa Afghan Restaurant – Review

By Ann Goodburn Fitzrovia News editors and contributors have been enjoying this newly opened Afghan restaurant in Goodge Street. We received a warm and friendly welcome and lovely service.  I loved the Karachi Lamb: baby lamb on the bone cooked with tomato, garlic and green chili herb -- melts in the mouth. The nan bread is soft …

Selfridges robber wrestled to the ground by ex-boxer in Goodge Street

By News Reporters A man working at a popular pizza restaurant on the corner of Goodge Street and Charlotte Street helped detain one of two men who had earlier robbed Selfridges department store on Oxford Street.  Many national newspapers are covering the story this morning. The Times reported that Mohamed Hussein, 29, an Egyptian student of …

Architectural historian Dan Cruickshank criticises plans to demolish Goodge Street building

By News Reporters Dan Cruickshank the architectural historian and BBC television presenter has given his support to save a building on Goodge Street from demolition. Cruickshank has written responding to a planning application submitted to Camden Council in May which proposes the redevelopment of the corner of Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road. The application …