Round the world recumbent cyclist returns to London in (unnoffical) record-breaking time

Man on recumbent cycle.

By Dr Robert Davis The first ever recorded round-the-world ride on a recumbent pedal cycle was completed yesterday when 52-year-old Richard Evans returned to London to be welcomed by supporters outside the cycle shop he departed from in April. Richard Evans took six months off work as a School Travel Adviser at Hammersmith and Fulham Council to cover …

Michelin Guide 2015 awards Charlotte Street restaurants

Front of restuarant

Two Charlotte Street restaurants have been recognised in the Michelin Guide 2015 published this week, adding to the collection of Fitzrovia eateries that have previously received an award. Receiving one Michelin Star is Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs which "serves an innovative, no-choice set menu" says the announcement. Kitchen Table is to be found at the back of …

Summer 2014 events in and around Fitzrovia

Poster advertising Fitzrovia Festival 1973.

Fitzrovia News will be taking a well-earned break for a few weeks, so you'll have to amuse yourselves. But we don't want to leave you totally helpless, so we've cobbled together some happenings for you to enjoy. Saturday 28 June: 10am to 5pm. Fitzrovia Festival. Exhibition, browse and buy bookstall, guided walk, information about the …

Fitzrovia’s Galleries: a landscape that has changed rapidly

Black and white photograph of man looking into a mirror.

In September 2011, I enthusiastically reported “The Fitzrovia Gallery Explosion”, announcing that we now had 37 art galleries in Fitzrovia of which 21 had opened in the preceding three years. In the two and a half years since that article there has been a phenomenal amount of coming and going with 30 new galleries opening, …

New venue rising beneath Oxford Street

Shop front.

On Wednesday evening beneath the well-trodden pavement of Oxford Street the sounds of guitar and saxophone will be filling the void hidden from the day's shoppers. Guitarist Jim Mullen and saxophonist Sean Khan will be serving a up a heady cocktail of jazz funk and DJ Eon Irving will be keeping the dancefloor filled. Called the Phoenix …

Fitzrovia gallery marks the centenary of the First World War

Watercolour illustration.

This month the Curwen Gallery in Windmill Street is to mark 100 years since the start of World War 1 with a special art exhibition. Tommy Atkins In the Great War is an illustrated  storybook intended for young children to gain an understanding of the tragic events in the First World War. The book tells …

Residents invited to a local social network

Screen image of Streetlife.com.

Do we need another social network when we already have Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and a load of image sharing applications? According to Streetlife, which sent letters to homes in Fitzrovia over the past week, the answer is yes. What sets Streetlife apart from other social networks is that it is aimed at residents in the same geographic area …

New publication opens doors into the neighbourhood

Pages from magazine.

Those of you who frequent some of Fitzrovia's many coffee shops may have noticed a new free publication propped up in the corner with the face of a familiar local resident on the cover staring rather seriously back at you. This new lifestyle magazine is to be produced quarterly with the first issue having been published in …

Confessions of an Opium Eater: an installation by Leonard Johansson

Oil painting.

The Hanmi Gallery on Maple Street is part way through a refurbishment. The inside of the building is derelict -- and the perfect setting for creating the mise-en-scene for Confessions Of An Opium Eater, an exhibition and installation by Swedish-Korean artist Leonard Johansson. Arranged over several floors from an opium den in the basement to oil-on-canvas …

Filmgoers of the world unite!

Woman standing with film programme in front of mural.

Cinema with a global social commitment gets under way next week with a five day festival of films about labour issues and the class struggle. The second London Labour Film Festival will take place at the Odeon Covent Garden and features eleven films including several premiers. Organised by film producer Anna Burton, she spoke to Fitzrovia News about …

Live and low-key on Langham Street for Record Store Day

Man singing and playing guitar.

There was a time when Fitzrovia boasted more record shops than Soho, apparently. Now since JB's Records moved to Waterloo and On The Beat in Hanway Street has closed there is only one remaining... and on any other day you'd have to look hard to find it. In fact we didn't even know it was …

Neighbours get together for UK Coffee Week on Great Titchfield Street

Coffee lovers can get their legal high and contribute to a worthy cause as part of UK Coffee Week in Great Titchfield Street this Friday. Antipodean coffee artisan Kaffeine and The Riding House Cafe are hosting a special event where they will be serving up a cup of their finest in aid of Project Waterfall. …

Laid back cyclist sets off on round the world ride

By News Reporters Richard Evans set off from central London at midday on Saturday for the longest bike ride of his life. His journey will take him first through east London, then Essex and then Harwich where he will get the night ferry to begin his journey across the continents of Europe and Asia. And then …

The fascinating life and work of Naomi Blake

By News Reporters Naomi Blake the artist who created the sculpture which sits in Fitzroy Square gardens recently celebrated her 90th birthday. This month The Curwen & New Academy Gallery are holding a special exhibition to celebrate her work which will include highlights from throughout her career.  Alongside the exhibition a book -- Naomi Blake: Dedication in Sculpture -- which catalogues …

The poster that helped name a London neighbourhood

Poster advertising Fitzrovia Festival 1973.

By Peter Berthoud It is quite well known that Fitzrovia gained its name from the Fitzroy Tavern and the artistic and literary crowd that hung out there and neighbouring pubs in the 1930s. The Tavern itself being named after Charles Fitzroy who began developing the area in the 1750s. But I didn't realise until recently …

Don’t trust The Fitzrovia Partnership for mother’s day advice

Newsletter.

I can imagine nothing worse than hauling my mother into central London with the promise of fine dining and a glass of wine only to find the restaurant closed. But that's what would happen if I was dumb enough to heed the advice from Fitzrovia's so-called business improvement district. The Fitzrovia BID's latest newsletter  -- decorated in pink …

Exhibition of illustrations by artist Joe Wilson, at Tottenham Street gallery

An exhibition of illustrations by artist Joe Wilson goes on view this week at The Coninsgby Gallery, Tottenham Street. In Fireworks for Dead Men, Wilson explores the idea of Memento Mori, a Latin phrase meaning "remember your mortality". It refers to art that featured a "figure of death" where the recently deceased were once captured in post mortem photography as a …

Crimeans’ sense of pride in their home overrode any other pull of nationality

By Adam Harrison ‘Budet voina’ – ‘There will be war’ – my friend Olga turned and said to me just a few months into my stay in Crimea in the autumn of 2003. It was a pre-Orange Revolution world in Ukraine; she was not anticipating the stirrings of Kievan revolt against the elections that would shortly …