Artist Harry Jonas was helped by actor Oliver Reed in a campaign to save buildings on Maple Street

Row of buildings.

An early campaigner to preserve the Georgian and Victorian buildings in Fitzrovia was artist Harry Jonas, who lived at 35 Maple Street. Our attention was drawn to this recently from a reader who is researching the life of artist Harry Jonas (1893-1990) and wanted to know if we had any information on the campaign to …

Hope springs eternal in this film about a boy and his little sister in rural Anatolia

Young boy and girl looking down over a village in Anatolia.

This Thursday there will be a free screening in Maple Street of Turkish director Atalay Tasdiken's award-winning 2009 film Mommo. Set in rural Anatolia, Mommo (The Bogeyman) tells the story of a young boy and his even younger sister who are abandoned by their father after he remarries after the death of their mother. Left …

Farmers’ mutual hopes to milk Fitzrovia office market with Maple Street purchase

Front of building.

The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Ltd (NFU Mutual) has bought an office building in Maple Street and intends to refurbish it to maximise income potential. Marketed as the "Old Fire Station" by Colliers International on behalf of Aberdeen Asset Management, the building which extends north to Midford Place includes basement, ground and three upper floors …

Confessions of an Opium Eater: an installation by Leonard Johansson

Oil painting.

The Hanmi Gallery on Maple Street is part way through a refurbishment. The inside of the building is derelict -- and the perfect setting for creating the mise-en-scene for Confessions Of An Opium Eater, an exhibition and installation by Swedish-Korean artist Leonard Johansson. Arranged over several floors from an opium den in the basement to oil-on-canvas …