Colourful mural pops up in Fitzrovia alleyway

Mural on wall in alleyway.

A new mural on a wall in an alleyway in Fitzrovia appeared this week and hints at the neighbourhood's connection to 1960s psychedelia. The work is on the side of co-working business Newman House which invited the Swedish artist Amara Por Dios to paint the mural. The mural was completed over the weekend. https://twitter.com/NewmanHouseW1/status/798103745435500544 Amara Por …

A taste of Cornwall comes to famous Rathbone Street pub

Front of historic pub.

The Newman Arms, on the corner of Rathbone Street and Newman Passage, has a fascinating history, and it is just entering a new and exciting chapter. It became a pub in 1860 after previous stints as a candle-makers, an ironmongers, a picture-framers and a brothel. In recent years an image of an old-fashioned prostitute was …

Newman Arms aka ‘the proles pub’ bought by Shaftesbury plc

Front of public house.

A pub where George Orwell used to drink and is widely assumed to be the setting for the proles pub in his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four has been bought by West End property owners Shaftesbury plc who say they will continue to operate it as a public house. The pub has been closed since the beginning of the …

A bigger late night club in Newman Street is not wanted

Shopfront.

An application to increase the capacity of a proposed private members club in Fitzrovia is meeting with strong opposition from residents, community groups and local councillors who say it will create a late-night noise nuisance. The application for the premises at 19 Newman Street will be discussed by a Westminster council licensing committee at City Hall this …