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In this issue: important information on the coronavirus pandemic, the latest news, licensing applications, and volunteers needed.

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic

Please follow the latest NHS advice, and the latest Government advice. Please visit Camden Council's coronavirus web page or Westminster Council's coronavirus web page

Appeal for blood plasma donations as London moves from ‘medium’ to ‘high’ Covid alert level

The NHS Blood and Transplant service is appealing for donations from people who have recovered from coronavirus to help save lives as London moves from “medium” to “high” alert.

Play tells the story of the creative but short-lived relationship between Bridgetower and Beethoven

The premiere of the first act of the new musical drama Silence and Joy by local playwright Sue Blundell will be shown at the end of the month on YouTube.

London Film Festival offers feature-length movies, free shorts, and special events at venues and online

This year’s BFI London Film Festival features full-length movies, many short films to watch free online, and plenty of free events including screen talks (one with musician David Byrne, amongst many others), Q and As and much more both online and in person.

Lost stash of 400 erotic drawings by Duncan Grant comes to light

In June, 2013, I wrote in Fitzrovia News about an important art collection, then in a private house in Fitzrovia, that included works by Vanessa Bell, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Maurice Denis, Duncan Grant, Amadeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Graham Sutherland and Alfred Wallis.

Hail to the Chief!? at The Cartoon Museum

Fitzrovia’s wonderful Cartoon Museum in Wells Street has caught the spirit of the times with a very topical exhibition: Hail to the Chief!? It features witty and revealing caricature portraits by award winning political cartoonist Martin Rowson, and insightful and acerbic pen portraits by Andrew Gimson, author of The Rise of Boris Johnson.

Derwent London plans major demolition and redevelopment on Tottenham Court Road

Derwent London, the property development company who eleven years ago said “we want to get rid of the idea that we will come in and knock everything down”, is planning to knock down yet another large building, adding to the pile of rubble it has already trucked out of Fitzrovia.


Westminster council seeks views on revised licensing policy and changes to cumulative impact area

Westminster council is carrying out a review of its licensing policy including changing its West End cumulative impact zone, tackling racial discrimination at licensed premises, and is holding a public consultation before finalising its new policy.

Starmer adds to criticism of way Camden is dealing with underground hotel planning application

Criticism of Camden Council’s planning department is mounting due to the way it is dealing with an application to increase the number of rooms in an underground hotel below a side street off Tottenham Court Road.

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.

Licensing applications

Licensing application: 41 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PG

Premises licence variation: Bellaria Restaurant, 71 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 6RB

Premises licence application: Le Pain Quotidien, 64 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 2ET

Volunteers needed at Fitzrovia Chapel

Volunteers are needed to help out between 11am and 4pm on Wednesdays at The Fitzrovia Chapel in Pearson Square when the building is open to the public. If you can spare a couple of hours to assist, please email with details. Full training will be given.

Printed newspaper

We hope to produce a 16 page tabloid in glorious colour in December. Deadline for articles: Sunday 1 November 2020 by email to please.

Due to most premises having restrictions the current printed issue of Fitzrovia News is only available from the following location:
  • Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL.
All (well... most) of our printed newspapers are available to view online and download here:

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