Fitzrovia Festival 2013 took place from Saturday 22 June to Wednesday 26 June 2013, and from Wednesday 18 September to 21 September, organised by the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association. Fitzrovia Festival 2013 was sponsored by LDG estate agents, 39 Foley Street, London W1W 7TP.
We held a browse and buy bookstall of books about the neighbourhood and by local authors including publications by the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, E Beresford Chancellor’s London’s Old Latin Quarter published in 1930, Nick Bailey’s street-by-street history of Fitzrovia published in 1981, and London Recruits: The Secret War Against Apartheid published in 2012. There are many books written about the district and we have a small library of books for reference.
There were three guided walks giving an insight into the history of the neighbourhood, its variety of architectural styles, its listed buildings and conservation areas. There was also a cycle ride demonstrating the new cycling facilities available.
An exhibition of photographs of Tottenham Court Road, Stephen Street and Gresse Street (once known as The Gort Estate) from the 1970s was very popular. We had visits from residents, people who work in Fitzrovia and many visitors to the area.
The June events coincided with the London Festival of Architecture and we worked with the Royal Institute of Architecture (RIBA) in Portland Place.
In the autumn we repeated the browse and buy bookstall and the exhibition of photographs for two days only on Wednesday 18 September (to coincide with the London Design Festival in Fitzrovia) and Saturday 21 September (an unofficial part of Open House London 2013 in Fitzrovia).