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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Green plaque commemorates medical pioneers at site of Middlesex Hospital Medical School

A Green Plaque was installed in October at the site of the former Middlesex Hospital Medical School in Fitzrovia, to honour biochemists James Tait, Sylvia Simpson, and Hilary Grundy for their contribution to world medicine. The newly installed green plaque at the former Middlesex Hospital Medical School. In 1952, the three of them discovered Aldosterone, …

Appeal for blood plasma donations as London moves from ‘medium’ to ‘high’ Covid alert level

The NHS Blood and Transplant service is appealing for donations from people who have recovered from coronavirus to help save lives as London moves from "medium" to "high" alert. NHS Blood Donor Centre, 26 Margaret Street. “If you’ve had coronavirus, donation is a way you can help London during the lockdown," says an NHS Blood …

Westminster council seeks views on revised licensing policy and changes to cumulative impact area

Westminster council is carrying out a review of its licensing policy including changing its West End cumulative impact zone, tackling racial discrimination at licensed premises, and is holding a public consultation before finalising its new policy. Proposed cumulative impact zone. While licensed premises contribute a huge amount to the local economy they can also create …

The art of cycling overnight in central London and raising money to combat youth homelessness

On Thursday night 22-year-old Mo Maynard cycled through London for 12 hours from 8pm until 8am Friday, raised money for charity, and created a piece of digital art at the same time. Mo Maynard pausing on one of the Thames bridges during her overnight cycle ride. As she rode through the streets her cycle computer …

Derwent London plans major demolition and redevelopment on Tottenham Court Road

Derwent London, the property development company who eleven years ago said "we want to get rid of the idea that we will come in and knock everything down", is planning to knock down yet another large building, adding to the pile of rubble it has already trucked out of Fitzrovia. The Network Building on the …

Starmer adds to criticism of way Camden is dealing with underground hotel planning application

Hotel on corner of street.

Criticism of Camden Council’s planning department is mounting due to the way it is dealing with an application to increase the number of rooms in an underground hotel below a side street off Tottenham Court Road. The underground hotel is being built in a former car park underneath the St Giles Hotel and Central YMCA. …

Camden Council seeks guidance on high streets, biodiversity, and planning

Camden Council is seeking guidance from the public on the future of shopping streets, the state of nature in the borough, and on updating its planning guidance. The council has launched three "commonplace engagements" -- a crowd-sourced form of public consultation -- where the public can place virtual sticky notes on a map with suggestions …

Great Titchfield Street restaurant seeks licence for entertainment, and later hours for food and alcohol

The owners of a restaurant on the corner of Great Titchfield Street and Langham Street in Fitzrovia are seeking permission from Westminster council to operate until later hours for the sale of food and drink, and to add entertainment to their licence. The Bellaria Restaurant, 71 Great Titchfield Street. An application to vary the existing …

Firefighters and police commemorate Auxiliary Fire Service personnel at Rathbone Street

A small memorial ceremony took place in Rathbone Street last week to mark 80 years to the day since firefighters from the Auxillary Fire Service were killed in a night of intense bombing during World War 2. The ceremony also paid tribute to the bravery of one of the survivors who acted quickly to save …

Fitzrovia building projects and architects short-listed in design awards

Two new buildings and one refurbishment in Fitzrovia have been short-listed for design awards, and one Fitzrovia-based architecture practice has five projects nominated. Conservation-led development. dMFK and Bureau De Change have transformed The Gaslight, an Art Deco building on Rathbone Street The New London Awards "celebrate the very best architecture, planning and development schemes making …

Camden hands idverde the contract to create a new park at Alfred Place

Camden Council has awarded the contract to create a new public open space in Fitzrovia to its parks maintenance contractor idverde. How the new park at Alfred Place could look according to illustrations produced by LDA Design. The works to create the new park at Alfred Place will begin in September and be completed by …

Cleveland and Warren ‘streateries’ and ‘boozeries’ approved by Camden

Camden Council has approved plans for "streateries" and "boozeries" in Cleveland Street and Warren Street to help the hospitality trade during Covid-19 restrictions. Plans for "boozeries" and "streateries" in Cleveland Street and Warren Street. The move follows on from other schemes in Fitzrovia approved by Camden and Westminster councils, where on-street car parking is removed …

Architects declare it’s business-as-usual at Tottenham Court Road redevelopment site

Street view of building.

You would think that having declared a climate emergency and made a commitment to refurbish rather than demolish buildings, architects designing a building on Tottenham Court Road would be proposing a state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly refit. Prudential UK Real Estate have applied for planning permission to redevelop 247 Tottenham Court Road. But not so. Because it is …

Camden gives the go-ahead for Fitzrovia ‘streateries’ but says reducing through motor traffic ‘will be especially complicated’

Camden council has given the go ahead in principle for on-street car parking spaces in some streets in Fitzrovia to be replaced with "cattle pens" to enable outdoor eating and drinking to support the neighbourhood's increasingly desperate restaurant, cafe and pub trade. Charlotte Street will have parking spaces converted for outside dining and boozing. Cyclists …

‘End of lockdown party’ goes on through early hours on Sunday morning until the police arrive

Police and an ambulance attended a large and noisy "end of lockdown party" at a short-let apartment in Fitzrovia on the morning of Sunday 5 July after someone was taken ill. Police and ambulance attend after someone is taken ill at the party on Sunday morning. The party, at 64 Charlotte Street, started at around …