First Fork

Fork Deli, at 85 Marchmont Street, has won this year’s Marchmont Association award for Best Shop Front.

We’ve presented the awards  every year since 2006, to recognise the efforts made by local independent businesses to improve the local shopping environment. The awards are also intended to encourage businesses to conserve the historical character of our many original period shop fronts – Fork’s being one of the few remaining examples to have survived since the Edwardian era.

James Harper, one of this busy shop’s two managers, received the award from Deputy Mayor Richard Cotton, last Thursday.


It was a strong field this year, with a refurbishment completed at the North Sea Fish restaurant, the old Povey’s shop coming back into use and shop re-fits from Marchmont St through to Judd St. Two ‘specially commended’ businesses were

Silk Road at 67 Marchmont St and ‘Arte & Stili’ at 6 Leigh St. Both very different – which goes to show the strength of independent spirit still fluorishing in our part of London.

This was Fork’s second victory in the MA awards – it won ‘Most Imporoved Shop Front’ back in 2012. The coffee’s great too.

Well done Fork!


Regent Square in new ‘flexible’ locking plan from April


Regent Square is one of 15 additional parks that Camden Council has identified as safe enough to be managed using a “flexible” locking approach. In effect this means the Square will be left unlocked overnight, with some monitoring taking place to check if there is any increase in anti-social behaviour. The new arrangement comes in from April 1st – next week-end.

A further 12 sites are to be reviewed over the next six months, which could  lead to them being included in the flexible locking regime from September. Brunswick Square, St Andrew’s Gardens, Tavistock Square and Judd Street Open Space are all included in this trial.

There are no plans to change the overnight locking arrangememts for St George’s Gardens, Queen Square, Russell Square and Marchmont Street Community Garden.

Parks management is to be run by a new Camden contractor from April –  a company called Quadron Services, trading as idverde.

What do we think?

Photo credit: Velo Richard –

Tavistock Square 7/7 Memorial

We’ve had word from the 7/7 Memorial Trust, with encoruraging news on their plans to install a permanent memorial in Tavistock Place.

Chair of the Trust, Philip Nelson, says “We are delighted to report that we are at an advanced stage with the design of the memorial, following conversations with the families, local residents and with local statutory organisations, which should lead to the planning application being submitted in early April.”

Anyone wanting to support the application is very welcome to send a letter to Philp,  including a little bit about yourself and why this memorial matters both to you and the local community.

Letters can be posted to  Philip at Flat 12, 13 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SH. Need to be quick though – letters have to arrive with him by Monday 27th March. Alternatively, scan a signed respone and email to

The memorial takes the form of a cast metal plaque within the Tavistock Square Garden. Its placement and inscription references the location of the incident. The memorial’s message is intended to be contemplated from within the garden square, however the memorial also announces a presence onto the public pavement outside the boundary of the railings.

The architects developing the design, Carmody Groarke, have previously worked successfully with the bereaved families to design and deliver the National 7 July Memorial in Hyde Park.


GOSH plans re-development of Great Ormond St buildings

17_02_Hospital_Redevelopment_Phase 4 marcomms_A5 leaflet_Community_Digit.._.jpgGreat Ormond Street Hospital is edging towards new plans for a further re-development of its site.

This will be another major institution construction project in the area.
The plans are for the main street-facing building on Great Ormond St, including the Paul O’Gorman buildings. GOSH is looking to demolish these and replace them with a single new, clinical building.
The Hospital Trust  is running a design competition to select a bid team who will develop proposals. A public exhibition will take place, for people to look at the plans, at St George’s Church in Queen Square later this month, on Sunday 19 March 1 – 5pm, Monday 20 March 10am – 7pm and Tuesday 21 March 10am – 4pm.