The literary journey out from Fitzroy Square

Front of Georgian building.

A hundred years ago this month The Voyage Out, the first novel by Virginia Woolf, was published. Woolf began writing the book when she was known as Virginia Stephen and while she was living in Fitzroy Square with her brother Adrian. Virginia and Adrian Stephen moved into 29 Fitzroy Square in March 1907. They had hesitated before taking …

Joan Dannatt solo exhibition at Rebecca Hossack Gallery

Painting of trees in garden.

The Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery at Conway Street is hosting the first solo exhibition of London-based artist Joan Dannatt. The retrospective in January is in celebration of Dannatt's 90th birthday. Born into a literary family in Highgate she went on to study design and typography. While at Reading University she helped organise a hidden printing press for resistance should the …

The Great Welsh Bake Off

Woman with table of cakes.

Visitors to Fitzroy Square today were given the chance to taste Welsh cakes, bara brith, teisen lap and other treats baked especially  for the Dylan Thomas centenary celebrations. Heather Shaill cooked up some of the cakes and also vegetarian savory dish, Camarthen sausages. Also in Fitzroy Square today were sheep (from Hackney City Farm) and poetry …

Bedford Square and Fitzroy Square open for paying visitors

Fitzroy Square Private Garden, residents only.

Normally under lock and key Bedford Square and Fitzroy Square will this weekend be open to the public -- as long as they pay to get in -- as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend. The gates to the private gardens in Fitzrovia's largest and greenest of spaces are normally shut to the public. Fitzroy Square is …

Rally to oppose scapegoating of immigrants is threatened with legal action

Sign on building.

Organisers of a meeting due to go ahead on Monday in Fitzrovia are being threatened with legal action by the UK Independence Party (Ukip). The event entitled Stop Scapegoating Immigrants will feature the leader of the Green Party Natalie Bennett, prominent anti-racism campaigners, and a former Ukip press officer who Ukip are trying to prevent from speaking. The meeting is …

The fascinating life and work of Naomi Blake

By News Reporters Naomi Blake the artist who created the sculpture which sits in Fitzroy Square gardens recently celebrated her 90th birthday. This month The Curwen & New Academy Gallery are holding a special exhibition to celebrate her work which will include highlights from throughout her career.  Alongside the exhibition a book -- Naomi Blake: Dedication in Sculpture -- which catalogues …

Carmen in Fitzroy Square Gardens will be a magical experience

By Edward Turner This year Fitzroy Square Opera is staging a production of Carmen, one of the most popular works in the opera repertoire, on Thursday 27 June. It’s a story of high passion, jealousy and ultimate tragedy, and was very controversial when first performed in Paris in 1875. Its centre stage portrayal of a …

Dog and handler let sleeping residents lie

By Peter Whyatt Residents of Fitzroy Square now employ a security guard and dog to patrol the square in the evenings. Edward Turner, chair of Fitzroy Square Frontagers, told Fitzrovia News that the incidence of anti-social behaviour in the square had increased dramatically over the past few years and the disturbance has meant that residents …

The O of Fitzrovia – 2. The night the opera came to Fitzroy Square

By Jennifer Kavanagh Last year, British summer being what it is, I didn’t book for the one-night event, walked in, and found it quite wonderful. This year’s summer being what it is, I tried to book, and found it sold out. In fact, sitting in the little queue for returns, I discovered that even after …