Archive for June 2016

#Soho Food Feast- July 2nd and 3rd

Soho Food Feast is back for the sixth year running.

The event, which supports the Soho Parish Primary School, raised over £41,000 for the schools playground last year.

This years proceeds will be raising money for the schools healthy eating kitchen.

The event will involve restaurants including the Dean Street Townhouse and Ducksoup.

Tickets are available from £15, and under 16s are entitled to free entry.

For more information visit

Pride in London - Road Closures and Parking Suspensions

                          Pride in London
      Road closures and parking suspensions

                                       (Courtesy of Baker Street Quarter Partnership)



Trafalgar Square
Pall Mall East will close at 6am to allow us to set up in Trafalgar Square. There will be access for residents of Suffolk Street and Suffolk Place. Traffic will be diverted via Cockspur Street bus lane, which will be suspended.

Golden Square                    
Golden Square will close at 6am to allow us to set up our family area. Traffic will be diverted via Beak Street to the north and Brewer Street to the south.

Parade route
The Parade assembles in Portland Place from 9am and starts moving at 1pm. It leaves Portland Place and travels along Regent Street (via Oxford Circus), through Piccadilly Circus, along Pall Mall and Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, before dispersing in Whitehall Place at around 4:30pm. Roads along the route will reopen behind the Parade, with all roads expected to be open by 6:30pm.
The Parade will assemble in Portland Place. This means the entire length between Langham Place and Park Crescent will be closed. All intersecting roads will be closed to general traffic. Any residents and businesses will be allowed access up to Portland Place.

Closed from 9am
Portland Place, Langham Place and Regent Street Northbound from Oxford Circus.
All roads crossing East / West including Duchess Street, New Cavendish Street, Weymouth Street, Devonshire Street and Riding House Street will also close. Any residents and businesses will be allowed access up to Portland Place and Langham Place.

Closed from 11am
Regent Street southbound between Langham Place and Oxford Street - all roads crossing east / west including Cavendish Place (between Cavendish Square and Regent Street) Mortimer Street (between Regent Street and Great Portland Street), Little Portland Street, Margaret Street (between Great Portland Street and Cavendish Square) Great Castle Street, John Princes Street, Oxford Street (between Great Portland Street and New Bond Street) with a Westbound outer closure at Tottenham Court Road & Eastbound outer closures at Portman Street and Orchard Street. Regent Street between Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus.
Any residents and businesses will be allowed access up to Regent Street.
We will put up barriers along the parade route from Langham Place into Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus, Waterloo Place, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Horse Guards Avenue.
We need to place the barriers in the road at first, which means roads between Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus (including approach roads) will close from 11am. The rest of the route from Piccadilly Circus to Horse Guards Avenue will close from 12pm. All intersecting roads will be closed to general traffic. Any residents and businesses will be allowed access up to the Parade route. We try to keep roads open for as long as possible to allow for north/south movement.

Closed from 12pm
Regent Street St James’s, Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Shaftesbury Avenue, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, Trafalgar Square, Strand, Whitehall, Parliament Street and all approach roads.
As per website with East of and West of Regent Street and the rest is also correct as it’s the same as the last few years.
Any residents and businesses will be allowed access up to the route where possible.
West of Regent Street: Piccadilly underpass (eastbound), Piccadilly (eastbound from Hyde Park Corner except buses and access, and between St James’s Street and Piccadilly Circus), Burlington Gardens (between New Bond Street and Vigo Street), Pall Mall eastbound (between St James’s Square and Haymarket), Waterloo Place (between Regent Street and Carlton House Terrace), Car Charles II Street, Jermyn Street.
East of Regent Street: Shaftesbury Avenue (westbound between Charing Cross Road and Great Windmill Street), Haymarket, Panton Street (between Oxendon Street and Haymarket), Norris Street, Carlton Street. Charing Cross Road will be closed southbound if the crowds around Trafalgar Square affect traffic flow.
Between Regent Street and Whitehall: St Martins Place (between Duncannon Street and Strand), Strand (westbound from Lancaster Place, with residents/businesses allowed access up to Charing Cross Station), Northumberland Avenue (residents allowed access in and out). Craven Street, Northumberland Street and Villiers Street (access out via Adam Street and Strand), Great Scotland Yard, Whitehall Place, Whitehall Court (residents and businesses allowed access), Horse Guards Avenue, Whitehall, Parliament Street. The closure of St Martins Place will be extended to William IV Street if the crowds around Trafalgar Square affect traffic flow. There will be a suspension of no entry from Horse Guards Avenue into Whitehall Court.
When will the road closures end?
The floats from our Parade will disperse on Whitehall, Whitehall Place and Horse Guards Avenue between 3pm and 6pm. Roads along the route will reopen behind the Parade once it is safe. Portland Place will reopen as it is cleared. Crossing points, Oxford Circus and Oxford Street will reopen after the end of the Parade has passed. All approach roads will reopen when Piccadilly Circus is clear. Trafalgar Square will open once all approach roads are open. We expect all roads to be open again by 6:30pm.

Traffic will be restricted from Charing Cross Road – Oxford Street – Regent Street – Berwick Street – Poland Street, starting from 6am. This is to help ensure public safety as we set up the Parade and crowds start to gather.
Roads affected
Air Street, Archer Street, Bateman Street, Berwick Street, Brewer Street, Bridle Lane, Broadwick Street, D’Arblay Street, Dean Street, Frith Street, Glasshouse Street, Great Paultney Street, Great Windmill Street, Greek Street, Ingestre Place, Lexington Street, Manette Street, Moor Street, Noel Street, Old Compton Street, Peter Street, Rupert Street, Sheraton Street, Soho Street, Soho Square, Wardour Street, Winnet Street

Parking suspensions
There will be parking suspensions along the Parade route from midnight on Friday 24 June. Suspension signs will be in place at all affected locations. Any vehicles that remain in suspended bays will be removed.
If your vehicle is parked in any of the car parks in Soho and you need access to it on Saturday 25 June, you will need to move it by midnight on Friday 24 June. Otherwise, you will not be able to access your vehicle until after Pride has finished and roads have reopened in the early hours of Sunday 26 June.

Any questions?
Please get in touch if you have any questions about road closures and parking suspensions.

#Fitzrovia Centre Open Day- 2nd July

The Fiztrovia Centre Summer Open Day will be held on 2nd July.

The event, which will run from 11am to 3pm, will give attendees the chance to take part in free taster sessions and exhibitions along with workshops and games.

The open day will be held at the centre, and the address is:
2 Foley Street, W1W 6DL.

For more information please call 020 7580 8680 or visit 

Plans for 21 Soho Square and 3-11 Sutton Row

There is due to be a public exhibition on the proposals for 21 Soho Square and 3-11 Sutton Row.
The intention is to:

  • Comprehensively refurbish the existing buildings
  • Modify the profile of the mansard roof at 21 Soho Square
  • Construct a new two-storey roof extension at 3-11 Sutton Row

Attached here are the exhibition boards for the proposed developments.

The document also includes details for contacting those submitting the application.

Summer Garden Party in #Mayfair on 22nd June

The Residents' Society of Mayfair and St James's will be holding a Summer Garden Party in Mayfair on 22nd June 2016.

The event will take place in Mount Street Gardens, W1K 2PB, and will begin at 6pm.

While it will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the party will bring residents, businesses and friends of Mayfair together.

The event, which will run until dusk (around 9pm), is supported by a number of local businesses, and there will be a selection of drinks and food on offer, along with many forms of entertainment.

Tickets are priced at £30.00 for members, and £35.00 for non-members, and can be bought online via or by completing the form on the final page of the leaflet below.

Community Newsletter 1-3 Grosvenor Square

Copied below is the June Newsletter for 1-3 Grosvenor Square, courtesy of McGee:

Mount Street Gardens Summer Fair- 19th June

The 2016 Mount Street Gardens Summer Fair will take place on Sunday 19th June.

The fair, which is organised by the Friends of St. George’s Primary School, along with Farm Street Church, Grosvenor Chapel, and the Mayfair Library, will feature live music and entertainment, a bar and an international food stall along with other attractions.

For more information please visit

Deadline Extended: Register to Vote Today

Residents still have the chance to register to vote in the EU Referendum.

After the government website experienced difficulties last night, the deadline for registration to vote has been extended until today.

You can register online by clicking here

Last Chance to Register to Vote in the EU Referendum

Your last chance to register to vote in the EU Referendum is tomorrow, June 7th.

You can register online by clicking here

@Fitz_Fest - June 8th to 10th

The inaugural #FitzFest is due to take place from June 8th to June 11th.

The festival, which will highlight Fitzrovia’s musical history, will be held in a number of venues across the area including Fitzrovia Chapel.

It will feature various forms of entertainment, including yoga and meditation classes.

While some scheduled events will be free, others may be chargeable. 

For more information and to register for tickets please visit

The Metropolitan  Police are carrying out Reassurance Patrols in Westminster today – see the post from Safer West End Business Partnership below:

On Friday 3rd June the Metropolitan Police Service PSO (Protective Security Operations) are deploying a large number of reassurance serials to Westminster Borough who will deploy alongside local Counter Terrorism Focus Desk officers and a Counter Reconnaissance Team. In short this will see deployment of around 100 visible uniform officers patrolling on foot.

This is part of strategy aimed at focusing deployments in a highly visible manner and disrupting potential hostile reconnaissance and attack planning. There is no intelligence to suggest there will an elevated threat on the 3rd June.

The entire deployment will extend from 1000hrs to 2130hrs. 6 patrol areas area being mapped out; namely Buckingham Palace Guard Change; Whitehall and Trafalgar Square; Strand and Villiers street area; Covent Garden;  Soho; China Town area; Regent Street and Piccadilly area. These patrol areas are vastly smaller than the areas to which such serials are usually posted, so it will be very clear that there is a large policing presence.

Traffic in the #WestEnd 'must be halved by 2020'

On Tuesday the Evening Standard published an article relating to traffic in the West End.

I agree with Jace Tyrrell from The New West End Company- pedestrianising our main routes and driving the traffic into residential side streets will fail to solve the salient issue.

By working together we can reduce the traffic issue in the West End.

Initiatives on waste collection on Bond Street have had a positive effect on emissions, and have actively reduced the amount of traffic. Maybe something similar will help on Oxford Street.

The full Evening Standard article can be viewed here:

Soho Create Festival 6th-10th June

The Soho Create Festival will be held next Monday, 6th June to Friday 10th June.

The event, which will be held in Soho Square, will include over 100 speakers and 50 events.

The festival aims to get behind the scenes of Soho's creative industries.

For more information, or to buy tickets for the event, visit