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Planning application: Broadcasting House, 2-22 Portland Place London W1B 1DJ

An application has been made by the BBC to Westminster Council to extend the use of public space for live events outside Broadcasting House at Portland Place. To view further details see the summary below and link to the application for full details on the council’s planning website. 22/03047/FULL | Variation of condition 1 of planning permission […]

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History notes: parish guides, monumental inscriptions, and researching family history

A St Giles-in-the-Fields parish boundary stone set in a wall at Alfred Mews, off Tottenham Court Road. Photo: Fitzrovia News. London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society has published a series of parish guides with a list of the main records of each ancient parish.  The publications include St Giles-in-the-Fields, St Anne Soho, St Pancras, Holborn, […]

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On radio: The Amazing Life of Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano (c1745-97). Drawn by Daniel Orme (1789). Public Domain. “Most British school children are taught white MP William Wilberforce was the most significant abolition movement campaigner,” says Marc Wadsworth, writing in The Voice newspaper. But outside of parliament Olaudah Equiano (c1745-97) was arguably just as important.  As a child he was taken from Africa to […]

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Guided walks to learn about and enjoy the built environment in Camden

Royal College of Physicians in The Regent’s Park. Photo: (CC BY-SA 4.0) Paul the Archivist 2017. Camden Tour Guides are organising a series of guided walks in June as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2022. “We have put together an exciting package of about 20 walks featuring many different areas within Camden including Bloomsbury, […]

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Production company apologises for disturbance caused by filming

Filming took place in Tottenham Street on Wednesday 4 May. Photo: Fitzrovia News. A film production company has apologised to residents and businesses in Fitzrovia for the disruption caused by filming on Tottenham Street and Whitfield Street. In a letter dropped through people’s doors, location manager Sam Pickering thanked local residents and businesses for their […]

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Planning applications in Fitzrovia West, May 2022

Westminster Council validated 14 planning applications during May 2022 in Fitzrovia West. Included in the list is a major redevelopment at 95 New Cavendish Street (on corner of Bolsover Street and Great Titchfield Street); seven air conditioning units at 66-68 Margaret Street; replacement shop front at 18 Wells Street; amendments to alterations at 40 Mortimer […]

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Planning applications in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia East, May 2022

Camden Council registered 39 planning applications in Bloomsbury ward, which includes Fitzrovia East, during May 2022. Included in the monthly list are applications for planning and listed building consent for the the Heal’s Building on Tottenham Court Road; listed building consent at 33 Fitzroy Square, 36 Percy Street; alterations to 27 Goodge Street; discharge of […]

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Final section of Gower Street to change to two-way traffic

Gower Street between Grafton Way and Euston Road will become two-way for all traffic. Image: Camden Council. The denouement of Camden Council’s grand opera of chaos will be performed this month as the final section of Gower Street will change to two-way working, and a new motor-vehicle turning restriction will come into operation on Tottenham […]

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Lee Miller’s images celebrate the daily life and tragedy of women at war

A US Army nurse drying sterilised rubber gloves at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford, England 1943. © Lee Miller Archives England 2022. All rights reserved. leemiller.co.uk From 11 May to 5 June, The Fitzrovia Chapel will be home to the exhibition of photographs Lee Miller: Nurses. Coinciding with the Photo London fair (Somerset House 11-15 May) […]

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An ‘overwhelming and sometimes surprising victory’ for Labour in Camden

Camden Labour leader Georgia Gould. Labour increased its seats on the council. Photo: Julia Gregory. Labour tightened its control of Camden as the Conservatives took a hammering, losing their leader and three other councillors — with some putting the blame at the door of Downing Street. An election gamble by Oliver Cooper, who moved from […]

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Licensing application: Java Whiskers, 105 Great Portland Street

Java Whiskers at 105 Great Portland Street. Photo: Fitzrovia News. Java Whiskers UK Ltd has applied to Westminster Council to vary the premises licence at 105 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia. The application seeks permission to sell alcohol in the basement area in addition to the ground floor area. 22/04134/LIPV, 105 Great Portland Street, London W1W […]

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Licensing application: All’onda, 67 Charlotte Street

All’onda, 67 Charlotte Street. Photo: Fitzrovia News. CCS Restaurants Ltd has applied to Camden Council for a minor variation of a premises licence at All’onda, 67 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia. Applicant seeks to “amend premises information and premises business hours” and has submitted new premises plans. APP\PREMISES-MVARY\109836, All’onda, 67 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4PH. The last […]

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Labour promises a better deal for residents in Fitzrovia West

Labour candidates Paul Fisher, Jessica Toale, and Patrick Lilley. Photo: Fitzrovia News. The Labour party will manage Westminster Council far better than the Conservatives have done, make better use of existing enforcement powers, and offer genuine consultation with residents on environmental changes. That’s according to the three Labour candidates for the West End ward — […]

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Conservative candidates promise improvements for Fitzrovia West residents

Conservative candidates for the the West End ward: Tim Barnes, Eoghain Leo Murphy, and Julie Redmond. Photo: Fitzrovia News. The Conservative party candidates for the West End ward say they will address the issues of concern for local residents and bring improvements to Fitzrovia West, if they win their seats at the Westminster City Council elections […]

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Plans for demolition and redevelopment of tower block is main issue at Bloomsbury, and Holborn and Covent Garden ward hustings

Councillor Sue Vincent, Helena Roden (chairing the meeting), Councillor Julian Fulbrook, and Councillor Awale Olad (speaking). Photo: Julia Gregory. Concerns over plans for a new tower block near the British Museum was the major talking point at the hustings for the London Borough of Camden’s Bloomsbury, and Holborn and Covent Garden wards on Monday evening. […]