Camden Council is reviewing its parking permits and charges

Motorcyclists travelling into Westminster but parking across the boundary in Camden to avoid paying a parking fee won't be able to so in future if changes by Camden Council to parking charges go ahead next year. Neighbouring Westminster has for a long time charged motorcyclists (not very much) for on-street parking and now Camden is …

Westminster Council invites comments on inspectors’ modifications to its City Plan 2019-2040

Westminster Council is asking for comments on modifications proposed by inspectors to its City Plan 2019-2040, a policy document that will control land development in the city by setting out targets for housing, economic growth, and public open space and greenery. The planning document has gone through a number of stages of consultation and was …

A history of London’s West End from a place of aristocratic consumption to a centre of popular entertainment and expression

Rohan McWilliam’s impressive history of the West End embraces the area from Kingsway to Bond Street and Oxford Street to the Strand. It is the first in a two-volume project aiming to cover the West End’s story from its beginnings to the present day. Oxford Street lights illuminate a district of consumption and entertainment. In …

Residents in shared-ownership homes offered pay-off to settle dispute over problems with badly designed flats

Residents embroiled in a two-year battle with their housing association A2 Dominion over design and maintenance problems at their new homes at Rathbone Square were offered a lump sum to shut up, stop complaining, and engage their own contractor to carry out repairs. Clouds hang over shared-ownership homes (right) at Rathbone Square. Photo: Matthew Covell. …

Licensing application: 226 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5QP

Modern British Bakeries Ltd has applied to Westminster Council for a new premises licence at Peyton and Byrne, 226 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1W 5QP. Peyton and Byrne, 226 Great Portland Street. The applicant is seeking permission for a "two year limited licence" to sell alcohol for consumption on and off the premises, Monday …

Licensing application: 22 Foley Street, London W1W 6DT

An application has been made to Westminster Council for a premises licence at the ground floor and basement of 22 Foley Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DT. Kin, 22 Foley Street. Araz Farm Feed Ltd is seeking permission to sell alcohol on the premises, currently trading as Kin, from 10am to 10.30pm Monday to Thursday, from …

Loquat winter flowers bring fragrant blossom to public park

If you take a wander through Crabtree Fields public park at the moment you may be lucky enough to smell the fragrant blossom of loquat (Eriobotrya japonica). Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is in flower at Crabtree Fields. At around eight metres tall it is native to China, widely grown in Japan, and it is often referred …

Great Portland Street post office to remain ‘crown’ branch after franchise plan put on hold

Workers at the Great Portland Street post office broke into a round of applause at a meeting this month after receiving news that plans to privatise their branch and run it as a franchise had been dropped. Great Portland Street post office gets a reprieve. But for how long? The seventeen workers at the busy …

Camden to create additional cycling contraflows in Fitzrovia streets

Camden Council is creating a number of cycle contraflows in streets either side of Tottenham Court Road to allow people cycling to move more easily through the area. One-way for motor vehicles two-way for cycles. Bedford Avenue, Grafton Way, Tottenham Street, Warren Street, and Windmill Street will all have changes made to allow two-way cycling …

Licensing application: 114 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 5AQ

An application has been made to Camden Council for a premises licence at a shop on the ground floor, at 114 Tottenham Court Road, Fitzrovia, London W1T 5AQ. Shop and premises at 114 Tottenham Court Road, on the corner with Midford Place. The applicant seeks a licence for the sale of alcohol for consumption both …

Community Christmas dinner to be delivered to people’s homes

The regular Fitzrovia community Christmas dinner won't be happening at Fitzroy Square this year due to Covid-19 but will instead be delivered by volunteer couriers to people's homes. The Community Christmas dinner won't be cancelled but it will be different. "This year we are not able to run our Christmas event as we normally would …

Licensing application: Ground Floor, 20 Hanway Street, London W1T 1UG

An application has been made to Camden Council for a new premises licence at the Ground Floor, 20 Hanway Street, London W1T 1UG. Application for a new premises licence at 20 Hanway Street. The applicant describes the premises as a pub and is seeking permission for the sale of alcohol from 12.00 to 23.59 Monday …

Fitzrovia Mural restored and Whitfield Gardens public open space opens again after major refurbishment

Whitfield Gardens re-opened this month after the completion of an eight month major refurbishment project by Camden Council, allowing visitors to get a closer look at the newly restored Fitzrovia Mural, and take a break and relax in the only public open space along Tottenham Court Road. The restored Fitzrovia Mural and refurbished Whitfield Gardens. …

Habitat to permanently close its Tottenham Court Road store as customers ‘increasingly want to shop online’

Homewares icon Habitat is to close its Tottenham Court Road store early next year after more than 50 years of trading on the street. Habitat's flagship store on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Torrington Place will close in early 2021. Located on the corner with Torrington Place it is at the heart of …

Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum pushes forward with the Neighbourhood Plan

The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum has been working on a number of fronts to bring about improvements to the area, despite delays caused by the two lockdowns. Nick Bailey surveys the outdoor dining in Great Titchfield Street. Our neighbourhood plan was subject to a further round of consultation over the summer and is now being …

Memorials to WW2 firefighters unveiled at site of former fire station at Rathbone Street

Two memorial plaques commemorating members of the Auxillary Fire Service have now been unveiled on the site of a former fire station in Rathbone Street this month, following a memorial service held earlier this year. AFS London plaque next to 7-9 Rathbone Street remembers the seven firefighters who died in 1940, and the bravery of …

Fitzrovia art scene, November 2020

It’s been a very difficult year for London’s art galleries as they are classified as shops and therefore were closed until 4 July, and are now closed again until 2 December, and maybe beyond. Planning art exhibitions is a complex and finely tuned business with all the making, scheduling, curating, publicising and marketing organised months, …

Licensing application: Hot Stone, 3 Windmill Street, London W1T 2HY

Application to vary the premises licence at Hot Stone, 3 Windmill Street. An application has been made to Camden Council to vary the premises licence at Hot Stone, 3 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2HY. The applicant seeks to amend the hours of licensable activities to: 12pm to 11:00pm 7 days a week including Sunday …

Licensing application: Spearmint Rhino, 161 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7NN

Spearmint Rhino is applying to renew its sexual entertainment venue licence. Spearmint Rhino Companies (Europe) Ltd has made a "Sex Establishment Renewal Application" to Camden Council for its premises at 161 Tottenham Court Road, Fitzrovia, London W1T 7NN. The proposed hours of operation of the premises stated on the application form is from 9am to …

What’s on? Our Fitzrovia COVID-19 stories

During normal times, the local news inspires us to head out and about. To explore and experience things that are happening across our neighbourhood. However, 2020 has been anything but a normal year. The COVID-19 health crisis has restricted our mobility and with it brought huge challenge to people’s lives. It has been a year …