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Licensing application: Lantana, 80 Charlotte Street

Lantana at DL/78 and 80 Charlotte Street. Photo: Fitzrovia News. Lantana Catering Services Ltd has applied to Camden Council for a new premises licence for 80 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia. The premises also includes 78 Charlotte Street on the corner with Chitty Street. The applicant is seeking permission for the sale of alcohol for consumption both […]

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Camden rejects plan to reduce social housing on Middlesex Annex and former workhouse site

The former Middlesex Hospital Annex and Strand Union Workhouse, 44 Cleveland Street. Photo: Linus Rees. Councillors have voted unanimously to reject a planning application to reduce the number of social homes on the Middlesex Hospital Annex and former Strand Union Workhouse site in Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia. During the planning meeting, on Thursday 16 December, developer […]

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Oxford Street District team answer questions on project progress

Councillor Matthew Green, cabinet member for business, licensing and planning, answered questions from the scrutiny committee. Electric buses, more public loos and boutique stores were some of the suggestions made for improving the shopping experience in Oxford Street, at a meeting of a Westminster City Council scrutiny committee this week. The Council is trying to […]

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Film about Fitzrovia from 1986 tells the story of conservation, housing and open space campaigns

Veronica Hyks presents and narrates the 1986 documentary about Fitzrovia. A film about the history of Fitzrovia and the campaign by local people to restore derelict buildings for social housing and affordable retail premises — and create public open space — has been rediscovered, 35 years after it was produced. The 25-minute film was made […]

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Planning applications in Fitzrovia West, November 2021

Westminster Council validated 17 planning applications in Fitzrovia during November 2021. Details pursuant to condition 4 of planning permission dated 29 September 2021 (21/03966/FULL); Namely details of 1/5 and 1/20 of new timber sash windows, new window frames and new timber shopfront. Basement And Ground Floor 76 Great Portland Street London W1W 7NLRef. No: 21/08091/ADFULL | Received: Fri […]

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Planning applications in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, November 2021

Camden Council registered 44 planning applications in Bloomsbury ward during November 2021. Included among the monthly list are 10 applications for advertising and 10 applications for planning consent for telecommunications hubs and illuminated screens on Tottenham Court Road; applications for tables and chairs under a pavement licence at 37 Charlotte Street; alterations to a building […]

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Historic Fitzrovia pub opens after lengthy closure and major refurbishment

The George Pub aka the Glue Pot on the corner of Great Portland Street and Mortimer Street. The George public house on the corner of Great Portland Street and Mortimer Street in Fitzrovia has re-opened this week after a lengthy closure and a major refurbishment. Publican Dominic Jacobs and culinary director James Knappett will follow […]

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Licensing application: Monopoly Lifesized, 213-215 Tottenham Court Road

Do not pass go. Monopoly Lifesized on Tottenham Court Road. An application has been made to Camden Council for a minor variation of the premises licence at Monopoly Lifesized, 213-215 Tottenham Court Road, Fitzrovia. Gamepath (Monopoly) Limited is seeking earlier start times for the licensable activities plays, films, and indoor sporting events. The current opening times […]

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Museum is working with artists and makers to attract new visitors and helping to support the arts

Museum staff Emily Baker, Jack Fawdry-Tatham, and Bobbye Fermie. The museum and shop is working with artists and craft workers to attract new visitors. Photo: Fitzrovia News. Changing times means changing fortunes and a new direction for the UK’s oldest toy museum which has seen its visitor numbers drop significantly since the Covid pandemic.  A […]

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London festival showcases short films about cycling

The 20th Anniversary of Bicycle Film Festival. Image: Fitzrovia News. Cycling as a movement for positive change is celebrated in a 90-minute showing of short films this autumn as Bicycle Film Festival marks its 20th anniversary. BFF London #2 is partnering with London Cycling Campaign to present an international selection of the most important short films […]

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Camden ‘site allocations local plan’ online public meeting

Camden’s draft Site Allocations Local plan identifies major site that could be redeveloped. Image: Camden Council. Camden Council is holding an online public meeting this week to start the next stage of engagement on its emerging Site Allocations Local Plan.  “The Site Allocations Local Plan will set out the Council’s preferred development approach for a range […]

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Council revokes alcohol licence at Great Titchfield Street shop after police raid

Police found a large amount of cannabis at the shop at 39 Great Titchfield Street and in a vehicle parked nearby. Photo: Fitzrovia News. A shop in Fitzrovia has closed down and has had its alcohol licence permanently stripped by Westminster City Council after a police raid found drugs hidden in sweet packets. Police officers […]

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History notes: the St Giles Rookery

Part of the Rookery, St Giles. March, 1844. Watercolour over graphite sketch by John Wykeham Archer. © The Trustees of the British Museum: 1874,0314.113. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.  On the south eastern edge of Fitzrovia around the still existing Bainbridge Street and Dyott Street was, until the mid-19 century, a jumble of […]

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Last Night in Soho: a slow-burn thriller that descends into mind games and terror

Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith in Last Night in Soho (2021). An aspiring young ingenue female fashion designer, an excellent performance from newcomer Thomasin McKenzie, arrives in the Smoke from a sheltered background in Cornwall, to study at the London College of Fashion, behind Oxford Circus. She is mysteriously able to travel back to the […]

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Walking tour of London’s secret art spaces and histories

A walking tour of London arts venues, revealing secret spaces, and secret histories. Photo: Fitzrovia News. A one-hour walking tour of Fitzrovia and Soho’s lesser known venues and its artistic history will be taking place this month, organised by the University of Westminster as part of the Being Human Festival of the Humanities. Beginning on […]