Your Guide to London Fitzrovia
Where is Fitzrovia?
Come to Fitzrovia in the heart of London and you’ll have London’s finest attractions right on your doorstep – as well as a fantastic art scene and some of the best bars, restaurants and shops in the capital. It spans trendy Camden and prestigious Westminster; it’s surrounded by the busiest and best places in central London too - including the world-famous Oxford Street, exclusive Marylebone, Regent’s Park and lively Soho. It’s in zone 1 of the London Underground and falls within the congestion charging zone - but you won’t need to drive in Fitzrovia because there are six main tube stations that serve the area (including Oxford Circus and Regent’s Park). Euston Train Station and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras are also just a short walk away.
History of Fitzrovia
The area of Fitzrovia was first developed in the 18th century by Charles Fitzroy. He purchased the Manor of Tottenhall and built Fitzroy Square to which he gave his name. By the beginning of the 19th century this part of London was heavily built upon by minor landowners, which led to the existence of many small, irregular streets. In its early days, Fitzrovia was largely an area of well-to-do tradesmen and craft workshops, with Edwardian mansion blocks built by the Quakers to allow theatre employees to be close to work.
The term Fitzrovia was actually used much later, by the artists and writers like Dylan Thomas and George Orwell who frequented the Fitzroy Tavern in Charlotte Street between World War I and II. From the 1920s, Fitzrovia was a notable artistic and bohemian centre and is still known for this today. The area has a lot of art galleries and art dealers, which gives it a charm that reflects Fitzrovia’s connections with the avant-garde. There’s also a booming restaurant scene and fantastic transport links, which all make Fitzrovia a must stay place during your visit to this amazing capital city!
The Positives of Fitzrovia
As Fitzrovia is in the heart of London, you’ll be really close to top attractions if you stay in a hotel here – including The British Museum, Regent’s Park, London Zoo, Camden Market, Soho, Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street. There are some great independent restaurants and Italian cafés tucked away in Fitzrovia’s back streets such as Charlotte Street that many tourists don’t use (they don’t venture far away from Oxford Street) so you’re bound to find a restaurant to delight you in the evenings. If you love art, Fitzrovia is the place to be too; It was popular with artists in the 1920’s and the numerous art galleries that are here today reflect this. To top it all off the transport links in Fitzrovia are fantastic – there are several tube stations to whisk you all over the rest of the capital and Euston plus St Pancras International train stations aren’t too far away either!
Need to Know Fitzrovia
As with many parts of Central London, Fitzrovia is fairly built up and can get pretty busy. But it’s nowhere near as hectic as neighbouring Oxford Street and Marylebone – and stunning Regent’s Park is a short stroll away if you need to relax. As Fitzrovia was built by minority landowners, the streets can feel disorganised and a bit chaotic at times, but this all adds to the charm and uniqueness of the district.