Double J’s cafe re-opens on Euston Road

Long-established Fitzrovia cafe Double J's has this week re-opened for business on the Euston Road. Having closed the shop on Charlotte Street at the end of last year it's been a long wait for the regular customers to again sit down for one of their famous breakfasts. But this time things are different says owner …

Derwent London names grant recipients and announces major projects timetable

By News Reporters Derwent London has named the Fitzrovia community organisations who will be recipients of a package of grant aid. The announcement in August came shortly before CEO John Burns announced their interim results and described the company's timetable for delivering a number of major development projects in Fitzrovia.  Fitzrovia Community Centre in Foley …

Charlotte Street buildings empty and boarded up for no good reason

It looks like a run-down part of the street to the passer-by. But don't be fooled, it is nothing of the sort. Three shops along Charlotte Street are empty because the landlord emptied them and wants to redevelop the site. But the owners of the premises were so impatient that they couldn't wait to get …

The craft of button making continues in Cleveland Street

By Peter Whyatt Taylors Buttons have been established in the West End for over 100 years. They offer hand covered fabric buttons for wedding dresses, evening wear, hand made fabric upholstery buttons, vintage buttons, dyed buttons, handmade buckles and belts, and they are one of the last companies left that provide a walk-in while-you-wait bespoke …

Hanging chairs from the ceiling and why the pink stripe gains us good trade

Barbara Corr talks to Ian Marson who recently moved his business of carpenters, painters, plumbers, plasterers and electricians from Soho to Fitzrovia. Barbara Corr: Are you glad you moved from Soho to Fitzrovia? Ian Marson: Definitely. People are calmer here and seem more permanent. In Soho a lot of people are passing through. Also we …

Fitzrovia business improvement district could marginalise residents groups

By News Reporters Residents and voluntary groups in Fitzrovia could be marginalised by the power of a business group after its financial details emerged this week. An annual income of up to £1.5m could be gained by The Fitzrovia Partnership if their proposed business improvement district (BID) is given the go ahead by a ballot …

Bicycle collective loses corporate virginity

By William Rider The collective of bicycle mechanics who took over a run-down shop on New Cavendish Street in 2010 seem to have shrugged off their anti-corporate image. With the terrible weather this summer  they've been doing a brisk trade in repairs but shifting new cycles from their shop has not been that easy. All …

Saatchi & Saatchi will be priced out of Fitzrovia by Derwent London

By Angela Lovely Derwent London plc have made few friends in Fitzrovia. After last week's endorsement of their unpopular plans by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson they will have even fewer. Saatchi & Saatchi who occupy the building named after them will have to move out when the re-development starts in 2013 and they …

A real community invests in its own community

By Pinar Kaymak If the riots showed us anything positive, it was that local communities came together to support one another. From sweeping the streets, helping people who lost their homes to helping small businesses get back on their feet, most people recognised the importance of the ‘local’. It is very difficult to distinguish the …

Store Street shops still mostly empty but The Bedford Estates hopeful of new tenants

By Linus Rees A parade of shops along Store Street remains mostly boarded up after landlord The Bedford Estates raised rents and refurbished the shop units over the past year. The Bedford Estates is however hopeful that the shops will be let over the next few months. A restaurant and offices will also be built …