Wilkie Collins lived out the double identities of his characters

Scene from BBC adaption of The Woman in White.

Of all the 19th century Fitzrovians who had secret families, Wilkie Collins is probably my favourite. Famous for ‘sensation novels’ such as The Woman in White and The Moonstone, Collins was adept at probing the hypocrisy that underpinned bourgeois family values in Victorian England. Like the main character in The Woman in White, he was fascinated by the ‘idea of something …

Residents had ‘lucky escape’ after fire in New Cavendish Street flat

Front of building showing basement.

Fire fighters were called to a fire at a basement flat on New Cavendish Street in Fitzrovia in the early hours of Friday morning. Three fire engines and 14 fire fighters and officers from Soho and Paddington attended the scene after receiving an emergency call. The Brigade was called at 0306 and the incident was …

University of Westminster enlarges its Cavendish campus

Corner of modern building.

The University of Westminster has bought another building in Fitzrovia as part of plans to expand its Cavendish campus, it was revealed this week. The five-storey 3,000 square metre building at 120 New Cavendish Street was put on the market by the Sports Direct retail group with an asking price of £38 million but was …