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In this issue: important information on the coronavirus pandemic, our new printed newspaper is out, the latest on our website, and planning and licensing applications.

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic

Please follow the latest NHS advice, and the latest Government advice for the changes due on Saturday 4 July. 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 Renters' Rights London website for important information. 

Latest printed newspaper

Our latest printed newspaper (FN157) is out and available from outside Fitzrovia Centre, 2 Foley Street, London W1W 6DL and online here:

The latest on our website...

Westminster council sets out its table on outdoor dining, drinking and toilets

Westminster council has published its latest plans to allow cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars in the West End to set out tables and chairs to increase trading capacity from 4 July when lockdown is eased but while social distancing continues.

New legislation threatens to turn streets into ‘large outside bars’ say West End community groups

New legislation making its way through Parliament this week could turn streets into “large outside bars” if it is not amended says the organisation representing community groups in London’s West End.

Bloomsbury conservation group revamps its website and warns of threat to the area’s ‘special character’

The Bloomsbury Conservation Areas Advisory Committee (BCAAC) wants more people to visit its improved website to learn about the internationally renowned district but warns that heritage assets are facing “significant threats”.

Westminster council Tories gave planning permission for extension on Jenrick home against officers’ recommendation

Robert Jenrick the secretary of state for housing who is currently embroiled in a row over a planning decision has some previous experience with planning matters, reports The Times newspaper. And there's a Fitzrovia connection...

Dave Ferris: neighbourhood worker who led collective action and fostered a community spirit

Dave Ferris, who died in April, was a community worker at the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre for more than two decades, and was highly regarded by his colleagues and the management of the organisation.


Mike Pentelow was loyal, generous and funny

Mike and I became friends when he first came to Fitzrovia. He had heard that Martin and I held a “safe house” in Tottenham Street for the African National Congress (ANC) to meet when their offices in Rathbone Place were being raided by MI5, during Mandela’s incarceration in South Africa.

I have lost a friend and colleague on Fitzrovia News

The death of Mike Pentelow is very sad — I still can’t believe he’s gone. I have lost a friend and colleague on Fitzrovia News, and the Fitzrovia community has lost its chronicler, historian, archivist and activist.

Planning and licensing applications

Licensing application: Ampeli (Formely Senor Ceviche) 18 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2LZ

Licensing application: The Riding House Cafe, 43 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 7QP

Our next email newsletter (later this week) will have a full monthly list of Camden and Westminster planning applications in Fitzrovia.

Fitzrovia News printed newspaper

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

The next printed newspaper is due out in September. The deadline is 6pm 14 August 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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