Public art in Fitzrovia: On Reflection, British Transport Police headquarters

Mosaic on wall.

An early morning stroll along Whitfield Street after officers have driven away their vehicles from outside the British Transport Police central London headquarters reveals the beautiful mosaics created nearly two decades ago. Up close it is difficult to discern what they are. But cross to the other side of the road and they emerge as …

Women’s group gather evidence for ‘safe zone’ around Whitfield Street health centre

Man standing outside women's clinic.

A group campaigning for an end to the harassment of pregnant people outside abortion clinics nationwide is gathering evidence in order to create a safe zone around a health centre in Whitfield Street, Fitzrovia. Many residents and workers in Fitzrovia would have noticed the sometimes large numbers of people holding a "vigil" opposite the Central …

Nursery empty again after charities fail to agree on future plans

Front of nursery building.

The children's nursery in Whitfield Street is to close at the end of this week after more than ten years of serving the community with the loss of 25 places for under-fives because of a disagreement between two charities over improvements to the building and plans to redevelop the site. A new childcare provider is …

Pendle witch Joe Hesketh exhibits paintings at Fitzrovia Gallery

Man and woman on film set.

The Fitzrovia Gallery in Whitfield Street is hosting an exhibition this month entitled Seduction & Sedition, featuring new work by Joe Hesketh an artist who lives and works in Pendle, Lancashire. Joe says of her work: “My paintings are all about life’s journey, all the pieces you pick up and all the things you’d like to …

Fitzrovia youth join neighbours in greening the streets

Group of young people in park.

Young people brightened up Warren Street and Whitfield Street today with plants and flowers as part of a community planting day, aided by some corporate sponsorship. Local charity Fitzrovia Youth in Action (FYA) were awarded a £1,000 grant from the Mayor’s Fund for London and the Santander Foundation which enabled them to bring local residents and …

Local charity is awarded £100,000 towards new youth club

Young men playing football on 5-aside pitch.

Plans by a local charity to create a new youth club for hundreds of young people were given a boost this month with a £100,000 grant. Fitzrovia Youth in Action (FYA) were awarded the money by LandAid, the property industry charity. In making the grant LandAid recognised the need to fund youth activities because, despite the neighbourhood …

Derwent London sets out timetable for major developments in Fitzrovia

Front of Saatchi & Saatchi building on Charlotte Street.

Derwent London, the largest London-focused real estate investment trust (REIT), has now set out its timetable for major developments in Fitzrovia including its largest construction project to date which will see the district's most famous advertising agency leave and herald another onslaught of building work to endure. Later this year demolition and construction work will begin on 80 Charlotte Street …

This charmed lifestyle on Grafton Way

Shop front with three people standing outside.

A new food, drink and homewares shop has opened on the corner of Grafton Way and Whitfield Street. Its owner boasts that they sell fine food and only products "made in London". Named Ben's House after owner Ben Leask it is very much a personal project. Leask says that after working for others in neighbouring Marylebone …

Festive food and a puppet show at Pollock’s toy shop

Front of toy museum.

Pollock's toy shop will be open late for Christmas shopping for one night only in December, and customers can enjoy some free mince pies, mulled wine, gingerbread men, and view a traditional puppet show. The Toy Shop is located within Pollock's Toy Museum on the corner of Scala Street and Whitfield Street. "The late night opening will be an …

Refurbishment of Warren open space finally completed

Playground and open space.

Works to improve The Warren open space at the north end of Whitfield Street have this week been completed with a newly refurbished public area, toddler play space and multi-use games pitch. The works were due to be completed in the early summer, however difficulties were encountered due to a large amount of reinforced concrete being …

Housing trust conjures up a tea party at children’s playground

Conjurer entertaining.

Local housing charity The Fitzrovia Trust held a tea party at the Fitzrovia Children's Playground in Whitfield Street this afternoon (Sunday 6 July). Children took part in games, face-painting and were entertained by a conjurer. The event was sponsored by the Fitzrovia Partnership. The Fitzrovia Trust acquires mixed-use properties to provide high quality affordable housing and works closely with councils …

Refurbishment of Warren open space gets underway

Plans showing open space refurbishment.

Work is expected to start today on a major refurbishment of The Warren open space and playground at the north end of Whitfield Street. Camden Council say that the works will take around seven weeks during which the area will be closed to the public. The works are due to be completed by the start of …