Pavement licence application: The Smugglers Tavern, 28 Warren Street, London W1T 5ND

An application has been made by The Smugglers Tavern, 28 Warren Street, London W1T 5ND, to Camden Council to place tables and chairs of the public highway. The application seeks to place 7 Tables, 28 Chairs and 2 Barriers, Monday 10:00 to 22:30 Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 23:00, and Sunday 10:00 to 22:00. Application …

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 …

An inspiring story about the late 1970s when music really did change the world

A new documentary film takes a look back to the musical movement to tackle the rise of racism in Britain in the late 1970s. White Riot tells the story of a late 1970s youth movement. Photo: Syd Shelton. White Riot is a film by Rubika Shah and takes its name from a track on The …

The forgotten history of Mortimer Street and its artistic community

A history of Mortimer Street and its artistic connections will be uncovered in a talk this month given by a curator from the Museum of London. Mortimer Street in Fitzrovia has a hidden artistic history. The streets around Mortimer Street in Fitzrovia became the base for figures as diverse as Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, Karl …

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 …

Planning applications in Fitzrovia West, August 2020

There were nine planning applications validated by Westminster Council in Fitzrovia West during August 2020. They were mostly minor applications, advertising consent, change of use, and submission of details required by previous applications. Display of one non-illuminated fascia sign measuring 0.35m x 2.54m and one non-illuminated projecting sign measuring 0.65m x 0.65m 61 Great Portland Street …

Planning applications in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, August 2020

There were 24 planning applications registered by Camden Council in Bloomsbury ward during August 2020. They were mostly small applications, pavement licences (PVL) and one major planning application at 247 Tottenham Court Road. Application NumberSite AddressDevelopment DescriptionStatusDate RegisteredDecision2020/3934/PVLCaffe Nero 239-240 Tottenham Court Road London W1T 7QP6 tables and 12 chairs, Monday to Sunday 08:00-21:00 New …

Get your cycle checked and security marked in the West End this September

This September cyclists can get their bike checked over and security marked at various locations in the West End including Fitzrovia. Cycling along New Cavendish Street in Fitzrovia. Cyclists can a get free bike check in September. The New West End Company and Heart of London business Alliance are partnering with Cycle Confident and the …

Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum will hold virtual public meeting to discuss planning and traffic

The Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Forum will hold a virtual annual general meeting this month to report on progress in developing a neighbourhood plan, and will feature a guest speaker who will talk about creating a low traffic neighbourhood. FitzWest want to reduce air pollution and make other environmental improvements. The public consultation on the draft …

Julian v Sandy

Julian and Sandy was a sketch segment in the BBC radio comedy programme Round the Horne from 1965 to 1968, the characters proved to be one of the most successful parts of the show. Local musician, Gary Yershon. Photo: Marie Lautiers. As well as being a successful comedy routine, Julian and Sandy were notable for …

Goodge Street Station to re-open with restricted hours

Goodge Street underground station will re-open with restricted hours after being closed since the spring due to the coronavirus. Goodge Street Station will be open from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. From Monday 31 August the station will open Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm only, says Transport for London. The station was …

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 …

Tributes left on pavement in memory of murdered teenager

Flowers, photographs, candles, and messages have been left in tribute to a young man who died after being stabbed in Market Place, Fitzrovia near Oxford Street on 8 August. Jeremy Chalarca-Meneses, who was aged 17, and lived in Southwark, was taken by the London Ambulance Service to a central London hospital where he later died. …

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 …

Second World War POW cartoons on display for first time in new exhibition

Drawing on soldier holding a bomb.

The Cartoon Museum is hosting an online exhibition of prisoner of war cartoons to commemorate the 75th anniversary this month of the Victory over Japan, and which ended the Second World War. "Looting be damned! -- I've just caught it!" © The Estate of Basil Parry Akhurst, image scanned from the original albums and is …

RCA photography students display work at Fitzrovia galleries after degree show is cancelled

Graduating students from the Royal College of Art MA photography course will display their work at four Fitzrovia galleries this month in place of their usual degree show which had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. Photo: Nadja Ellinger, at Fitzrovia Chapel. The degree show would not only have been an opportunity to bring together …

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 …