Great Portland Estates accused of misusing the planning system

Corner of street and construction work.

People living next to a construction site in Fitzrovia say they have been treated with contempt by property developer Great Portland Estates (GPE) after the FTSE 250 company made numerous alterations to the design of new offices having gained initial planning consent. In November 2014 the PR company Four Communications held an exhibition of plans for the redevelopment of a …

Why is there no blue plaque for Doris Lessing in Langham Street?

Front of mansion block.

Did you know that Doris Lessing lived in Holbein Mansion, Langham Street from 1958 to 1962? She rented a flat from her publisher, Howard Samuels, for £5 a week. Doris Lessing (1919 – 2013) was one of the foremost post-war British novelists, the author of some fifty novels, plays and volumes of poetry and autobiography. She …

Record Store Day 2015 at Langham Street

If Music, a specialist retailer of vinyl recordings, will be hosting another of its renowned acoustic music events in Langham Street this Saturday as part of Record Store Day. For the past few years Jean-Claude Thompson has been holding a low-key live music event in front of the building containing his second floor record shop. It’s the …

Redevelopment of Langham Street and Great Portland Street buildings threatens small businesses

Corner of building.

A proposal to redevelop a group of buildings in Fitzrovia would force out existing small businesses and mean a significant loss of small office space if the plans get approval from Westminster City Council this winter. The office to residential conversion includes part demolition and extensions on buildings along the boundary of the East Marylebone and Harley …

Live and low-key on Langham Street for Record Store Day

Man singing and playing guitar.

There was a time when Fitzrovia boasted more record shops than Soho, apparently. Now since JB's Records moved to Waterloo and On The Beat in Hanway Street has closed there is only one remaining... and on any other day you'd have to look hard to find it. In fact we didn't even know it was …