How diplomats saved Georgian buildings on Grafton Way from demolition

Newly released archive material has revealed how an international diplomatic campaign averted the demolition of a row of Georgian houses on Grafton Way, Fitzrovia. Embassy and cultural buildings of Venezuela on Grafton Way were saved from demolition. Richard Osley reports in the Westminster Extra that the buildings were "within a whisker of being bulldozed" in …

Venezuelan architect to discuss civic involvement to promote public art and open space

Architect and artist Alejandro Haiek Coll from Venezuela will be speaking about improving public spaces at a free event next Tuesday (5 April) in Grafton Way. In his architectural work Haiek Coll is interested in the design of a logistic chain of events with a strong social component and are focused on the renewal and resuscitation of inactive …

Maria Rivas sings a tribute to Aldemaro Romero

Maria Rivas, singer.

Venezuelan Latin and jazz singer Maria Rivas will perform "Una Pepiada Queen para Aldemaro" tonight at The Bolivar Hall in Grafton Way. The concert is a homage to Aldemaro Romero the Venezuelan pianist, composer, arranger and orchestral conductor who died in 2007. Romero was a prolific composer, working in many genres Caribbean, Jazz, Venezuelan waltzes, as well as …

Independent authors and books event at Grafton Arms pub

Front of Grafton Arms public house.

Are books on your Christmas gift list? The Grafton Arms pub in Fitzrovia is hosting an afternoon where book lovers can meet five London authors, browse their books and get some original Christmas gifts, all while enjoying a drink. The authors are Stephen Oram, who writes science fiction with social comment set in a near-future …

This charmed lifestyle on Grafton Way

Shop front with three people standing outside.

A new food, drink and homewares shop has opened on the corner of Grafton Way and Whitfield Street. Its owner boasts that they sell fine food and only products "made in London". Named Ben's House after owner Ben Leask it is very much a personal project. Leask says that after working for others in neighbouring Marylebone …

Venezuelan Film Festival at Bolivar Hall

The Embassy of Venezuela in Grafton Way is hosting a film festival which will feature a free showing on almost every Tuesday of 2014. Dubbed The Boliwood Film Festival (after Simon Bolivar) it is organised by the embassy to promote Venezuelan cinema to a wider audience.  The festival will be launched this coming Tuesday 21 …