Favourite London

Spotted in today’s Financial Times …

Author Geoff Dyer, currently a resident of LA but once of Camden Town, picks Marchmont St as his favourite London place. “If I could choose to live anywhere in London it would be here” he says.

Judd St Books gets a big mention – “incredibly addictive” and “one of the best bookshops in London”. He reminisces playing on the “dismal-looking” tennis courts of Cartwright Gardens – but has noticed, on a recent trip back to London, that they are now “glamorous and fresh”.

And, for now, free for residents to play. Perfect for a sunny bank holiday.




Tavi Place public inquiry to start in October

The independent public inquiry on the future of the Tavistock / Torrington Place traffic scheme will begin on Tuesday 3rd October, the Council has announced this week. In the meantime the Secretary of State has given the agreement for the trial road layout to remain in place, until November. This gives us some indication that the inquiry is not expected to last more than a month.
Once the public inquiry has been held, Camden councillors will again look at the scheme, taking into account the report of the Inquiry inspector, before making their final decision about whether to maintain or remove it. By that time the trial layout will itself have been in place for more than two years.

Marchmont Association AGM

This year’s Marchmont Association AGM will again be held at the Holiday Inn hotel on Coram St, where we will review what we’ve been up to over 2016/17 and look forward to the next 12 months.

Main events of the year, for us, have been the openings of the Cartwright Gardens student halls, the ‘new’ public garden, and the footway upgrading in Leigh St (MA lobbied for that one several years back). Then there was, of course, the Tavistock Place trial traffic scheme  (which rumbles on).

There were four new blue plaques. There is definitely one, and only one, Marchmont St Party – making a welcome return in 2017 after successful fund-raising over the last six months.

And, interesting and perhaps surprising, this one – we saw the arrival of 12 new independent businesses and the demise of 6 high street chains in The Brunswick. We’re an independent minded bunch in Bloomsbury …

But what what were yours – and what do you think we should we be looking at this year? Come and tell us….

TUESDAY 16th MAY 2017, 6.45 for 7pm – 9pm.

As ever, we are grateful to the Holiday Inn hotel for hosting the meeting.

Musical dates

Two musical happenings to start off May …

John Hartley calls you to the Foundling Community Choir – open rehearsal on Monday 8 May. 6pm > 8pm.

“Inspired by our wonderful Musical Director, Richard WiFoundling-Community-Choir-e1472050419491-300x183.jpglberforce, and meeting in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum’s Picture Gallery, under the watchful eye of G F Handel, we develop an eclectic and extensive repertoire, including classical, folk, madrigals, pop and traditional.

No audition is required so just come along and try us out. We meet every Monday (term time) evening from 6pm to 8pm at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square.”


And Vivian Conacher has taken time out from her trip (home?) to Sydney to tell us about the next Songhaven concert at Lumen Church, Tavistock Place, on Saturday 6th May at 3:00pm

Songhaven provides professional concerts for people living with dementia/memory loss and their carers, friends and families, giving high-standard music performances in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.This next concert is inspired by landscapes and the seasons and will feature a varied selection of classical and popular repertoire, finishing with a well-known song for the audience to sing along to. Black Olive Cooks will then provide a delicious afternoon tea for the audience to enjoy in the Lumen Cafe.

Tickets  free but booking is required. Booking is are now open online via: https://songhaven.eventbrite.co.uk/ or through LUMEN CAFE – either in person, or via phone during business hours on 020 7278 1887. For further information please visit – http://songhaven.co.uk/ or email songhaven@songhaven.co.uk.