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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Historic toy museum re-opens with guided tours and reduced hours of business

Pollock’s Toy Museum will be re-emerging from its lockdown closure this autumn with reduced opening times but with the addition of weekly guided tours to whet the appetite of fans of historical playthings. Three men and a dog. Seth, Haggis, Eddy, and Jack prepare to re-open Pollocks Toy Museum. Since 1968 Pollock’s Toy Museum has …

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 …

When Saturday comes, Fitzrovia will limp back to life

On Saturday 4 July some of Fitzrovia's hospitality traders will take a small, tentative step forward as pubs, cafes and restaurants open for the first time for more than three months, after the government eased Covid-19 restrictions. A handwritten sign on the door of a pub in Fitzrovia welcomes punters back for 4 July. Only …

Westminster council sets out its table on outdoor dining, drinking and toilets

Westminster council has published its latest plans to allow cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars in the West End to set out tables and chairs to increase trading capacity from 4 July when lockdown is eased but while social distancing continues. Some roads will be closed and pavements widened for outside eating and drinking. The temporary …

New legislation threatens to turn streets into ‘large outside bars’ say West End community groups

New legislation making its way through Parliament this week could turn streets into "large outside bars" if it is not amended says the organisation representing community groups in London's West End. The Business and Planning Bill is being rushed through Parliament. The Business and Planning Bill includes a range of measures to help businesses recover …

Exploring our own areas and supporting local businesses could make us a lot happier and healthier

The campaign encourages people to rediscover their local high streets and town centres. An email from The Fitzrovia Partnership’s chief operating officer this week invites the business group's members to read about a campaign to get the London economy up and running again. The Because I’m A Londoner is a city-wide initiative which claims to …

Muted excitement as Lidl opens its new store on Tottenham Court Road

Front of supermarket.

There was somewhat muted excitement for shoppers this morning as German supermarket chain Lidl opened its first central London store on Tottenham Court Road, during a pandemic. Normally I'd be thrilled about the opening of a new food store close to home but shopping has lost much of its pleasure and become one of the …

A Philadelphia-themed diner and bar on Cleveland Street is adapting to change to continue trading

Man standing in front of shop.

While most hot food businesses have shut up shop due to the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown others are adapting and delivering a new service. One such business is Passyunk Avenue on Cleveland Street -- a Philadelphia-themed food, cheese steak, and dive bar named after a thoroughfare running diagonally through the dense network of downtown …

Proprietors of historic pub on Hanway Street launch crowdfunder to re-open after lockdown

Front of public house in street.

Tenants of one of the smallest and most well-loved pubs in Fitzrovia are appealing for funds from its customers to enable it to re-open when social distancing measures are relaxed and London returns to some sort of normality, whenever that may be. Bradley's Spanish Bar, tucked away off Oxford Street in the tiny single-track lane …

Independent cycle shops beat the corporate giants by continuing to serve customers

Cycle shop frontage.

Fitzrovia's two independent cycle shops are beating the large chain stores by continuing to provide a service for customers during difficult circumstances. Under new legislation cycle shops along with food shops are allowed to continue to trade as long as they follow strict social distancing guidelines to protect their customers and staff from the coronavirus. …

New Journal Enterprises puts all its printed newspapers online

Front page of CNJ.

The publisher of the Camden New Journal, Westminster Extra, and the Islington Tribune is now putting the entire contents of the three printed, weekly newspapers online to read and download. Since last week New Journal Enterprises have produced an identical e-edition of their three local papers published on the same day as the printed editions, …

Mouth-wateringly good, baked comfort food to take away on Warren Street

Shopfront.

By Stephen Heath For those struggling for a glimmer of cheer in these grim times, I do recommend a brisk walk (or two) up to Shaheen Peerbhai's Miel Bakery on Warren Street. Unlike its now boarded up neighbour, our other favourite foodie haunt, the iconic Honey & Spice, it is still open and offering a limited …