Exploring our own areas and supporting local businesses could make us a lot happier and healthier

The campaign encourages people to rediscover their local high streets and town centres. An email from The Fitzrovia Partnership’s chief operating officer this week invites the business group's members to read about a campaign to get the London economy up and running again. The Because I’m A Londoner is a city-wide initiative which claims to …

Fitzrovia’s biggest business occupiers revealed in list of BID voters

Fitzrovia BID street list.

A list of around 200 of the largest business occupiers in the Camden part of Fitzrovia has been revealed among documents published by The Fitzrovia Partnership business improvement district as part of its five year plan to intensify commercial activity in the neighbourhood. The Fitzrovia 200 list identifies the largest non-domestic ratepayers which will finance …

Fitzrovia Partnership drops plans for cross-boundary business improvement district

Fitzrovia BID map 2017-2022.

The Fitzrovia Partnership has abandoned plans for a cross-boundary business improvement district (BID) but will instead seek to renew its five-year mandate and expand its estate in the Camden part of Fitzrovia this summer. The business group did explore the feasibility of a cross-boundary BID with neighbouring Westminster Council as part of its renewal strategy …

Rates hike will squeeze Fitzrovia’s small businesses and creative industries

Businesses in Fitzrovia will be hit with a huge increase in bills next year after the government confirmed an increase of business rates in its autumn Statement. Although land values are lower than most of London’s other West End districts, the cost of premises in Fitzrovia has increased at a greater rate and will squeeze …

Business group sends cyclists the wrong way along one way streets

Cover of cycling guide.

The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District is to recall and scrap its guide to cycling in Fitzrovia after realising that it was directing cyclists to ride the wrong way down one way streets. The local cycling guide, which was distributed to businesses in and around Tottenham Court Road and made available at Kings Cross and Euston …

Rubbish business improvement district cleans up its act

Man riding cargo bike.

The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District has taken a step to clean up its act and improve its public image... if they could get things to fit properly. A new initiative by the Fitzrovia BID is a cleaning service -- additional to Camden Council's street cleaning -- with a dedicated team member employed to tackle fly-tipping and rubbish …

A week of gluttony beckons in the streets of Fitzrovia

Street scene.

Seven days of food and booze events centred on Charlotte Street is to be served up beginning Monday 29 June, organised by The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District. This is the second year running the Fitzrovia BID is holding an event under the banner of "Feast@Fitzrovia" in its attempt to re-brand the neighbourhood as "London's Food & Drink Quarter". Last year's effort …

Homelessness is not a ‘lifestyle choice’

A man under a blanket on a park bench.

“When one has consorted with them, and found that they are ordinary human beings, one cannot help being struck by the curious attitude that society takes towards them,” wrote George Orwell about the homeless in his 1933 memoir, Down and Out in Paris and London. What would Orwell, who championed clarity and transparency in writing, …

Business group says homeless choose to sleep rough on London’s streets

Front of building on Fitzroy Street.

A business group in Fitzrovia has told its members that there is enough accommodation on offer for homeless people and that the vast majority of rough sleepers choose to stay on the streets, an investigation by Fitzrovia News has found. The claim by the business group comes after government statistics released in February showed a huge increase …

Cycle check up and advice at Whitfield Gardens

Two bicycles locked.

Cyclists can have a free check up of their bikes at an event in Whitfield Gardens tomorrow (Thursday 26 March) as part of a campaign to encourage more people to cycle. There will be free maps and information available along with maintenance and security advice. "Find out about our free cycle skills training, get a …

Fitzrovia BID embarrassed by wrong event date in Camden Magazine

The Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District has once again proved itself incapable of promoting events for the benefit of local businesses despite its vast marketing budget. This time the Fitzrovia BID, which is supposed to be working in a public-private partnership with Camden Council, published the wrong date for its Christmas market and the mistake was …

Festive lights, winter market, and a message from your local BID manager

Lee Lyons Christmas message.

Christmas lights will be switched on this Thursday (13 November) and there will be a winter street market held later in the month, the Fitzrovia Partnership Business Improvement District has announced. The festive lights will be turned on in Tottenham Court Road, Charlotte Street, Goodge Street and Maple Street at an event taking place at 5pm …

Don’t trust The Fitzrovia Partnership for mother’s day advice

Newsletter.

I can imagine nothing worse than hauling my mother into central London with the promise of fine dining and a glass of wine only to find the restaurant closed. But that's what would happen if I was dumb enough to heed the advice from Fitzrovia's so-called business improvement district. The Fitzrovia BID's latest newsletter  -- decorated in pink …

Fitzrovia BID acting like clowns on Twitter

Twitter screen shot.

When the London Evening Standard's Homes & Property editors called on locals to respond with their tips for great places in Fitzrovia to enjoy, a number of attractive suggestions were made. But the one suggestion made on Twitter which stood out head and shoulders above the rest was the recommendation put forward by the Fitzrovia …