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Consultation on alterations at North Crescent

Minerva House (left) and Telephone Exchange (right) on North Crescent. Photo: Fitzrovia News. A pre-planning application public consultation on plans for Minerva House and the former telephone exchange at North Crescent, Fitzrovia has opened and local people are invited to give their views on the outline proposals. Schroders, a global investment manager, acquired Minerva House […]

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Developer wants to reduce social housing on Middlesex Annex site

The former Middlesex Hospital Annex and Strand Union Workhouse site at 44 Cleveland Street. The developer working on the former Middlesex Hospital Annex and Strand Union Workhouse site in Fitzrovia is seeking to reduce the amount of social rented housing and is blaming, among other things, the dead London poor for making the project “no […]

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Licensing application: Electric Space, 11 Rathbone Place

Electric Space, 11 Rathbone Place. Photo: Fitzrovia News. Electric Current Works Limited has (again) submitted an application for a minor variation of the premises licence at Electric Space, 11 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia. The applicants state: “The premises licence for Electric Space, 11 Rathbone Place has now been transferred from the AllBright Collective to the Electric […]

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Planning applications in Fitzrovia West, June 2021

Eighteen planning applications were registered by Westminster Council during June 2021 in Fitzrovia. Among the applications are amendments to permission for outside tables and chairs and hours of operation at 24-25 Foley Street, and 30 Foley Street and 80-82 Great Titchfield Street; amendments to planning and listed building permission at 37-41 Great Titchfield Street and […]

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Planning applications in Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, June 2021

Thirty-three planning applications were registered by Camden Council in Bloomsbury ward during June 2021. There is an application to reduce the amount of affordable housing at 44 Cleveland Street (former Middlesex Hospital Annex and Strand Union Workhouse) and other amendments; applications for pavement licences and tables and chairs at 53 Warren Street, 37 Store Street, […]

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Fitzrovia Arts Festival emerges upbeat and optimistic

Rebecca Hossack, festival director. Photo: A M Hanson. The last days of June saw Fitzrovia Arts Festival — now in it’s sixth year — emerging buoyantly post-lockdown, in a slightly scaled back but upbeat and optimistic form. Festival director Rebecca Hossack, creative director Daniel Bates, manager Julia Canavan, and the festival team collaborated with many […]

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William Robinson and the art of calling a spade a spade

Plan of the Royal Botanic Society’s Gardens, Regents Park, where William Robinson worked from 1861 to 1866. Drawing after E.M. Sowerby, 1886. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark Robinson in his own words ‘The best-laid-out garden is that which is best fitted for its situation and conditions, and without much consideration as to any “style” in its […]

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Westminster Council plans part-pedestrianisation of Oxford Street

Plan of Oxford Circus with motor and cycle traffic diverted around it. Image: Westminster City Council. Westminster Council has unveiled plans to part-pedestrianise Oxford Street to create two piazzas either side of Oxford Circus, diverting all motor and cycle traffic north into the side streets of Fitzrovia and Marylebone, before the end of the year. […]

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Covid cases are rising rapidly in Fitzrovia

The blue and dark blue areas indicate higher case rates. Source: coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/interactive-map The cases of Covid-19 in Fitzrovia are rising rapidly according to the latest information from the official UK government website for data and insights on coronavirus. In the seven days up to 13 June rates in Fitzrovia are both above the national average […]

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Licensing application: Electric Space, 11 Rathbone Place

Electric Space, 11 Rathbone Place. Electric Current Works Limited has applied to Westminster Council for a minor variation of its premises licence at Electric Space, Basement to Third Floor 11 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia. The existing licence is for: Exhibition of a Film, Late Night Refreshment, Sale by Retail of Alcohol; and the opening hours are […]

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Adrian Ensor – a photographic journey in black and white

Adrain Ensor outside his darkroom in Grafton Way. Photo: Tori. Adrian Ensor is one of Britain’s finest black and white photographic printers and has been working in his basement darkroom just off Fitzroy Square for over 50 years. Over these five decades Adrian has developed a deep and intuitive understanding of the mysterious alchemy that […]