C20 Society propose heritage listing for Seifert’s Copyright House

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The Twentieth Century Society has made an application to English Heritage to list a building on Berners Street saying it is among the best of architect Richard Seifert's early works. Copyright House was constructed as a purpose built office block in the late 1950s and is a rare example of the architect's work from this …

Westminster council settles Fitzrovia and Marylebone neighbourhood area boundaries

Westminster City Council has now made a decision on where the boundary of Fitzrovia and Marylebone will be for the purpose of neighbourhood planning under the Localism Act. In an announcement this week Councillor Robert Davis, Cabinet Member for the Built Environment, agreed the recommendations in a report following a period of public consultation on five neighbourhood …

Help us preserve the name Middlesex Hospital Chapel

By News Reporters The Middlesex Hospital Chapel at the heart of the building development known as Fitzroy Place is currently being restored as part of an agreement with Westminster City Council. It is a Grade II* listed building and it is the only part of the former hospital that still remains intact. However, the developers …

Westminster council censures sports bar after complaints of noise nuisance

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Westminster council has cut back the opening hours of a sports bar in Cleveland Street after examining complaints from residents about noise nuisance. The council's licensing sub-committee conducted a formal review of the premises licence of the JetLag Sports Bar in December. The committee concluded that while the premises was not badly run it did …

Cubitt House plans 230 seat restaurant at Fitzroy Place

By News Reporters Independent hospitality business Cubitt House is planning to open its biggest restaurant to date, at Fitzroy Place on the site of the former Middlesex Hospital. The trouble is, the space available is not big enough.  Planning permission is now being sought to create what would be one of Fitzrovia's largest restaurants. It …

Office block on Foley Street to become luxury flats with affordable parking

A Westminster Council planning committee has given permission for an office block in Foley Street to be converted into luxury flats with no affordable housing on site and only a derisory contribution to the council's affordable housing fund. It seems the committee was more concerned about making sure the future occupants had somewhere affordable to …

Councils take charge of public health while their pension funds invest in tobacco

By News Reporters This month local authorities take over responsibility for a multi-billion pound public health budget as part of the government's Health and Social Care Act 2012. Camden Council and Westminster City Council now have new responsibilities for public health, yet both local authorities' pension funds collectively still invest over £40m in the tobacco industry. …

Drinking in moderation in Fitzrovia’s well-loved pubs

A woman pulling a glass of beer.

Those miserablists at Westminster Council are at it again, or so it seems. Last year it was double yellow lines and stopping people driving their beloved cars into the West End and parking for free, this year it is stopping pubs using the streets as an extension of their licensed premises. It's easy to poke …