Beige Holes of Fitzrovia: new squares are generic nowhere places derived from transactions and contracts

Entrance walkway.

Two new privately owned public spaces (POPS) in Fitzrovia are products of development and real estate speculation in a wildly distorted market. The first project, completed in 2016, is GROSS.MAX.’s design for Fitzroy Place, and the second is Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s Rathbone Square, completed in September 2017. Both developments are responding directly to market …

Excavation reveals post-medieval pits and potential Civil War fort

Two men in underground structure.

An excavation between Rathbone Place and Newman Street in Fitzrovia has uncovered a number of interesting and unique finds according to an archaeology fieldwork report. The investigation carried out between November 2014 and March 2015 found a series of post-medieval walls, drains and brick-lined pits, constructed on the site in the late 18th century, as well as 19th century …

Rathbone Place in firing line for Crossrail 2 station

Building on corner of Rathbone Place and Oxford Street.

Yet more large scale destruction of Fitzrovia may be on its way with the announcement that a large chunk of Rathbone Place could be bulldozed to make way for a station entrance to Crossrail 2, a new underground railway serving London and the south east. "[Crossrail 2] would connect the National Rail networks in Surrey and Hertfordshire via …

Sister leads a band of brothers at The Wheatsheaf

Eleanor Dillion-Reams on stage.

A woman is impressing audiences with her performance of a male monarch upstairs in a mock-Tudor pub in Fitzrovia. Not only is she playing a king, but all the other parts, too. Based on "The Life and Times of Henry the Fifth" by William Shakespeare, "Henry V -- Lion of England" strips back the famous and lengthy stage play …

Gresse Street and Rathbone Place in Crossrail 2 line of fire

Map of underground rail route.

Buildings between Gresse Street and Rathbone Place in Fitzrovia could be demolished to make way for surface works when another railway tunnel under central London is built. Maps produced by Transport for London as part of a consultation for "safeguarding proposals" for Crossrail 2 show an area where possible sites of stations, ventilation shafts and emergency exits could be …

‘Love Activists’ find new home in Fitzrovia

Front of building.

The Love Activists direct action group who had occupied the former Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) building near Trafalgar Square in December are currently occupying an empty commercial building in Rathbone Place. The group who had set up a food bank and soup kitchen at the RBS building were evicted by bailiffs and the police on …

A small taste of the Levant on Rathbone Place

Front of restaurant on corner of street.

Just recently popped-up and will move on to bigger premises in a few months, Ceru is a eastern Mediterranean streetfood restaurant serving seasonal dishes and a variety of drinks. In a small and intimate space on a street corner it offers a short menu of meat, fish, seafood and vegetarian plates. We turned up unannounced on Monday evening in search …

Rathbone Place redevelopment plans submitted to Westminster Council

By News Reporters Great Portland Estates have submitted plans to create homes, offices, shops and restaurants on the site of Royal Mail delivery centre in Rathbone Place. The mixed-use scheme designed by Make Architects which includes a new publicly accessible space will be considered by Westminster Council after a period of public consultation which is …