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In this issue: important information on the coronavirus pandemic, shopping in Fitzrovia, the latest news, planning and licensing applications.


The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic


Please follow the latest NHS advice. If you live or work in the London Borough of Camden please visit Camden Council's coronavirus web page. If you live or work in the City of Westminster please see Westminster Council's coronavirus web page. If you are a private renter, please read the latest Renters' Rights London newsletter for important information. Businesses may find the latest update from The Fitzrovia Partnership helpful. 


Shopping in Fitzrovia


The grocery shops in Fitzrovia have almost returned to normal with well-stocked shelves, and the novelty of buying vast amounts of toilet rolls seems to have worn off... Our readers report that most of the supermarkets have remained open and even expressed concern that some stores might close due to a lack of customers. While the upper floors of the John Lewis department store on Oxford Street are closed its Waitrose foodhall in the basement is open and Marks and Spencer's food shop on Oxford Street is still trading, reports one of our more food-fussy readers. 

The latest news on our website...


Soup kitchen appeals for financial help after record number of homeless and hungry people queue for a meal




A soup kitchen feeding the homeless and hungry in central London has issued an urgent appeal for financial help after experiencing its busiest day ever where they struggled to serve a long queue of people while maintaining social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. https://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/01/soup-kitchen-appeals-for-financial-help-after-record-number-of-homeless-and-hungry-people-queue-for-a-meal/


Community centre offers help to set up mutual aid group


The Fitzrovia Centre on Foley Street has announced it will help people wanting to set up mutual aid groups to match volunteers with those in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. https://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/03/community-centre-offers-help-to-set-up-mutual-aid-group/


Mouth-wateringly good, baked comfort food to take away on Warren Street


For those struggling for a glimmer of cheer in these grim times, I do recommend a brisk walk (or two) up to Shaheen Peerbhai’s Miel Bakery on Warren Street. https://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/03/31/mouth-wateringly-good-baked-comfort-food-to-take-away-on-warren-street/


New Journal Enterprises puts all its printed newspapers online


The publisher of the Camden New JournalWestminster Extra, and the Islington Tribune is now putting the entire contents of the three printed, weekly newspapers online to read and download. https://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/03/new-journal-enterprises-puts-all-its-printed-newspapers-online/


Independent cycle shops beat the corporate giants by continuing to serve customers


Fitzrovia’s two independent cycle shops are beating the large chain stores by continuing to provide a service for customers during difficult circumstances. https://news.fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/03/independent-cycle-shops-beat-the-corporate-giants-by-continuing-to-serve-customers/


Planning and Licensing applications


Camden planning applications in Fitzrovia, March 2020. https://fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/03/planning-applications-in-bloomsbury-and-fitzrovia-march-2020/

Westminster planning applications in Fitzrovia, March 2020. https://fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/04/03/planning-applications-in-fitzrovia-west-march-2020/

Licensing application: Ground floor, 94 Great Portland Street, London W1W 7NU https://fitzrovia.org.uk/2020/03/13/licensing-application-ground-floor-94-great-portland-street-london-w1w-7nu/

There will be a full list of planning and licensing applications in our next newsletter.


Fitzrovia News printed newspaper


Due to most premises being shut the latest printed issue of Fitzrovia News (March) is only available from the following location:
  • Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL.

All our printed papers are available to view online and download here: https://archive.fitzrovia.org.uk/

Our editorial and social meetings are cancelled until further notice. The deadline for the next paper is 6pm Friday 15 May 2020.

Please also see the Camden New Journal and the West End Extra for the latest news. Both these papers are available every Friday from outside Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street.
 
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