Marchmont St Party 2018



The Marchmont Association (MA) and King’s Cross Brunswick Neighbourhood Association (joint organisers of MSP 2017) are pleased to announce that they will be joining forces again in 2018 to organise the popular Marchmont Street Party on Saturday 22nd September. We are grateful for the generous support of local businesses, who have funded this event since 2006, and will be approaching them soon for their support again this year.

Apart from our usual eclectic mix of live bands, dancers and entertainers, we will be looking for something special to celebrate the centenary of women voting for the first time. If you have any good ideas to fit this theme, we want to hear from you. All other ideas will also be gratefully received.

We will issue stalls invitations nearer the date, but please let us know if you would like to be put on the list. Stall numbers may be restricted, depending on what the Council decides to do about Tavistock Place, but we still anticipate 50 stalls being available, with priority being given to local groups.

If you want to volunteer to help with this year’s street party, please drop us a line using the link in the ‘Get Involved’ boxes on this web site.

The photograph is of revellers dancing to the ‘ever-green’ Tropical Heatwave band, who have entertained event-goers on several occasions.


Judd St Open Space renovation

Tomorrow ….
In the second stage of a discussion process, Camden Council will be asking local residents and businesses for their opinions on initial proposals, at two ‘drop ins’ at the OneKX Café (corner of Cromer and Judd Streets), on Saturday 17th February 2:30 – 4:30 pm and Monday 19th February 2:30 – 4:30 pm.
Shape landscape architects will be there to answer your questions, and they will also be asking people in and around the park for their opinions.

Act on illegal holiday lets

The Marchmont Association is committed to preventing our residential community from being turned into a holiday lets destination.

To this end, we have been lobbying Camden Council to highlight the problem and its negative impact on our community.

The Council has informed us that they are taking steps to prioritise enforcement action against these illegal lettings, and working in partnership with neighbouring local authorities.

The text belkow is an extract from Camden Council’s web site giving details of their policy regarding short term letting of residential properties.

Marchmont Association supporters are invited to use the link at the end of the item to report any instances of short term lettings to the Council, and to write to Councillor Danny Beales, Cabinet Member with the remit for Planning, to voice your concerns:

 Camden Council says …

“Short term letting can disturb neighbours, with visitors creating noise, sometimes at unsociable hours.  High turnover of visitors/renters can also impact upon permanent occupiers reducing the sense of community and raising the fear of crime.  The short term letting of residential properties also reduces the permanent housing stock.

Current planning policy in the Camden Local Plan is to resist development that changes permanent housing to short stay accommodation/holiday lets. Therefore applications for whole residential properties, including single-dwelling houses and flats, to be converted to short term/ holiday lettings are likely to be refused.

If these new regulations are not followed, then this will be considered an unauthorised change of use for which planning permission will be required.  The Council will take appropriate enforcement action, which can include serving an Enforcement Notice to require the use to cease.

If you suspect a property is being used for short term/holiday letting outside of the new regulations you can report it to us

Judd St open space

Camden Council is asking local residents and businesses for their ideas and opinions on how this park might be improved
Shape Landscape Architects have already been speaking with neighbours and they will be in the park on Thursday 30th November, 12noon ‐ 4pm and Saturday 2nd December , 1pm – 3pm.
They are interested in ideas for a renovation – the first step in what is promised as a ‘two stage’ discussion process, with the second presumabky to include som worked up proposals.
If you can’t make it but have ideas, contacts for the work are Joe Lewis Green SpaceProject Officer at LB Camden (07876 745481; and  Richard Peckham of Shape Landscape Architects (07876 255777;

Attractive Christmas gift ideas that support the work of the Marchmont Association

With the race to find that special Christmas gift well underway, you might like to think of treating your nearest and dearest (or other acquaintances) to one of the Marchmont Association’s lavishly illustrated local history publications, all authored by Ricci de Freitas. All of the proceeds go towards the association’s work to improve the local area.

 They include, in order of publication:

·         The Story of Marchmont Street – Bloomsbury’s original high street (now in its 4th edition)


·         Tales of Brunswick Square – Bloomsbury’s untold past


·         From Fields to Fountains – the Story of Bloomsbury’s Russell Square, b


All three are all available at the following local outlets:

Skoob Books, 66 The Brunswick, WC1N 1AE

Judd Books, 82 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AG

Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre, Holborn Library, Theobald’s Road

From Fields to Fountains is also available from Caffè Russell in Russell Square Gardens, and you can find them all on Amazon.

Peace and goodwill to you all.

Bloomsbury Festival 2017 – THIS WEEK!


… lots to choose from but here’s a few highlights we’ve picked out.

On Wednesday, Friends of Brunswick Square are hosting a talk by Professor Rosemary Ashton, whose research has uncovered a previously unknown association of the Peter Pan story with Bloomsbury and Brunswick Square. The talk will start at 7.30 pm (following a very brief FOBS AGM at 7 pm which you are welcome to attend if you wish).

If you’re quick you could then trip along to the Harrison for the return of the long lamented Hush. Formerly a regular at the Perserverance on Lambs Conduit St, the evening will combine the Hush special ingredients of great music and intimate performances. Three acts to warm to on an autumn evening  – Burning Salt featuring Hanah Hull and Hush perennial Bobby Williams, New York-born poet Mark Waldron, and Sailing Stones, the latest project of Jennie Lindfors, with sounds ranging from Laurel Canyon to the analogue ambience of Bladerunner.

And then on Saturday 21st – James Burton’s Bloomsbury Adventure: a historical walk by Ricci de Freitas. Ricci will track the progress of independent speculative builder, James Burton, as he developed Bloomsbury’s independently governed estates, starting with the Foundling Hospital Estate from 1790, then the Bedford Estate from 1800, and finally the Skinners’ Company Estate from 1807, before embarking on his final London ventures – Regent’s Park and Regent Street. Meeting point outside the front gates of Coram’s Fields in Guilford Street at 1.30pm.

In full the Bloomsbury Festival runs from next Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd – explore the complete programme here.