Oxford Street – from Perry’s Place to Wells Street

As reported previously, The Survey of London has published its latest volume, for the first time devoted to a single thoroughfare -- Oxford Street. The Survey, founded in 1894, is a research project to produce a comprehensive architectural survey of central London and its suburbs. In this second look at the publication, we focus on …

The 200-year-old cosmopolitan and architectural allure of Oxford Street

Front of buildings on street.

The Survey of London has published its latest volume, for the first time devoted to a single thoroughfare -- Oxford Street. Survey of London, Oxford Street. Oxford Street in 2018. To the left, the former Lyons Oxford Corner House at Nos 14–24. Composite image. Survey of London, Oxford Street. Chris Redgrave. Historic England Archive. The …

Four survivors recall the trauma of childhood in chapel performance

Actors on stage.

At the Fitzrovia Chapel next month is a new play, Finishing Touches, by established theatre playwright Brian Daniels. This dynamic modern production explores the impact of childhood sexual abuse on survivors. Carol and her daughter Dawn struggle with their strained relationship. Neil and Roy, two old boarding school pals are thrown together again after 30 years. …

Independent authors and books event at Grafton Arms pub

Front of Grafton Arms public house.

Are books on your Christmas gift list? The Grafton Arms pub in Fitzrovia is hosting an afternoon where book lovers can meet five London authors, browse their books and get some original Christmas gifts, all while enjoying a drink. The authors are Stephen Oram, who writes science fiction with social comment set in a near-future …

Charlotte Place features on cover of Rowling crime novel

Cover of book featuring Fitzrovia street.

Oxford had Inspector Morse, Glasgow had DCI Taggart. Now Cormoran Strike, private investigator, is patrolling the mean streets of Fitzrovia. You may not have heard Cormoran Strike’s name before, but you will certainly recognize that of his creator -- JK Rowling. Writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, the wizard storyteller has produced three detective novels …

Rarely seen Lucian Freud drawing to be auctioned

Drawing of man and woman.

A rarely seen artwork by former Fitzrovia habitué Lucian Freud will be auctioned by Sotheby's this month. The drawing, Flyda and Arvid, is a dual portrait of Freud and his first wife Kitty Garman. It is thought to be Freud’s only self-portrait to also feature Kitty. Freud drew it in 1947 and shortly afterwards gave …