A week in Fitzrovia: Chavez, emotions, the tower and Brazilians

By Angela Lovely This week the flag at the Bolivar Hall in Grafton Way was lowered to half mast after the announcement of the death of Hugo Chavez in Caracas. A book of condolence has been made available for members of the public who wish to show their respects to President Chavez. Flowers were also placed …

Painter, novelist, teacher, screen writer…

By Clive Jennings A visit to Reg Gadney’s generously proportioned studio, which occupies most of the ground floor of the large Georgian house that he has shared with his wife, restaurant critic Fay Maschler, for 20 years, reveals a man who has spent over fifty years immersed in the worlds of education, literature and art. …

Radio 4’s feature on Julian Maclaren-Ross

By Angela Lovely BBC Radio 4 has been featuring the work of Fitzrovia dandy Julian Maclaren-Ross over the last week. JMR frequented many of Fitzrovia's pubs such as The George in Great Portland Street and the Wheatsheaf in Rathbone Place. The Book at Bedtime serialised JMR's only novel Of Love and Hunger; a 30 minute documentary about …

Fitzrovia Graffiti: A Multi-layered pattern of communication

By Stephen Carter The rapidly developing graffiti art form in Fitzrovia continues to create controversy and disagreement amongst residents and law enforcers. This essentially stems from the fact that there are many different styles of graffiti whose values are highly contested. Some styles are reviled by many and some are held in high esteem by …

Birthplace of British cinema to be restored

By Anna Cullum Walking from the BBC headquarters on Upper Regent Street towards Oxford Circus, your curiosity might be aroused by a small entrance hall recently redecorated with smart marble surrounds and the word ‘Cinema’ embossed on the upper window. The doors are locked and the cinema has been closed to the public for 30 …

Late night galleries continue with new venues joining

By Clive Jennings Fitzrovia Lates is a recent initiative that offers art lovers the opportunity to engage in a little late night perusing and purchasing at local participating galleries, to 9pm on the last Thursday of each month. Over 25 galleries are now involved, with the idea gathering momentum since its launch in June. Elizabeth …

Jewish Fitzrovia: don’t look back, you’re not going there

By Adam Samuel There is much written and the occasional walking tour of Jewish Fitzrovia usually accompanied by rather more detail on Soho. However, this all deals with a Fitzrovia that does not exist anymore. The boys and girls clubs in Fitzroy Square and Alfred Place respectively have long gone, leaving just nostalgic visitors to …

Crowds and chaos: Oona Hassim solo exhibition at the Woolff Gallery

Oil painting of students marhcing through London street.

A new exhibition showing artworks by Oona Hassim opened this week at the Woolf Gallery in Charlotte Street. From crowds of shoppers to festivals and occupations Hassim captures the excitement and colour of people squeezed together on London's streets. There are several paintings capturing scenes from the Anti-Cuts Demo in March 2011. "I look at …

“If graffiti changed anything – it would be illegal” mural in Fitzrovia is a genuine Banksy

Part of Banksy's website showing outdoor works.

The artwork on a wall in Clipstone Street, Fitzrovia, has now been confirmed as a genuine Banksy after the artist's official website published a picture of it along with his other works. The "If graffiti changed anything - it would be illegal" work was the subject of much speculation about whether it was actually the …

Banksy’s rat daubs graffiti in Fitzrovia

Writing on a wall says: "If graffiti changed anything - it would be illegal"

A new artwork believed to have been created by the artist Banksy has appeared on a wall in Fitzrovia, central London during Easter Monday. The work in blood red paint features the stencilled rat which has appeared in many of his creations.   The red paint which has been slapped on quickly contains runs, and …

Middlesex hospital paintings go on display in National Gallery

Painting of young women waiting in line.

Frederick Cayley Robinson's Acts of Mercy paintings which used to hang in the foyer of the since demolished Middlesex Hospital, Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, will go on public display at the National Gallery. Local people and Fitzrovia News campaigned to save the beautiful paintings which were due to be sold off by University College London NHS …