Fitzrovia Estate Agents Property Guide
The street names of Fitzrovia derive from Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of Charles II by his mistress, Barbara Villiers, later Duchess of Cleveland. He was later created Earl of Euston and Duke of Grafton. His wife Isabella inherited the Manor of Tottenham Court, and their descendents developed the area following the 18th century.
Initially developed for the aristocratic classes, Fitzrovia property was soon re-purposed to accommodate groups of craftsmen, artists and working professionals in the fashion and furniture industries. After the Second World War, the shortage of commercial space in London made Fitzrovia a place of interest for the development of workshop spaces, media studios and office blocks.
Lying north of Soho, between Marylebone and Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia is a quiet central London neighbourhood, offering an attractive variety of mixed-use property and architectural styles.
The architectural gem is Fitzroy Square, laid out by Charles Fitzroy in 1790s to designs by the famous Adam brothers. Unusually, the elegant Grecian terraces are entirely faced in stone.
At its height, Fitzrovia was the home of artists such as Sir Charles Eastlake and Ford Madox Brown, politicians such as prime minister Lord Salisbury and literary people including George Bernard Shaw. Probably the most famous resident, however, was the Psammead in the children’s stories of E. Nesbit, who was hidden in a house in Fitzroy Street.
In the 20th century the area declined, but recently Fitzroy Square itself has been pedestrianised and many of the houses restored as magnificent family homes. In recent years, many of Fitzrovia’s larger buildings and mansions have been subject to flat and office space conversions; the best evidence in this sense is the redevelopment of the old Middlesex Hospital site into shops, offices and flats at Fitzroy Place.
Top Attractions in Fitzrovia
Charlotte Street is noted for its cosmopolitan mix of restaurants, while chic and independent eateries abound across the entire area. Tottenham Court Road is a mecca for computer and hi-fi fans, as well as fine furniture with Heals and Habitat. London’s famous shopping area Oxford Street, located on the southern end of Fitzrovia, offers a great mix of world-renowned high-street retail and fashion boutiques.
One of London’s best-known buildings, the Telecom Tower on Cleveland Street, stands at the centre of Fitzrovia, with its’ famous revolving restaurant and staggering views over London at the top
Fitzrovia is served by many bus lines and several tube stations, including Great Portland Street, Euston Square, Tottenham Court Road, and Oxford Circus, offering access to the Northern, Victoria, Central, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines; but the area’s central location means almost any destination in the West End & the City is easily reached by foot or bicycle. The development of the Crossrail at Tottenham Court Road Tube station will offer even more transport links outside London and will certainly provide a boost to the area.
If you are interested in buying, selling or renting property in Fitzrovia, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sandfords. Our Fitzrovia estate agents are ready to assist with more information and advice on the Fitzrovia property profile, accurate property valuations and a great selection of property for sale or to rent in the area.
Fitzrovia was the home of artists such as Sir Charles Eastlake and Ford Madox Brown, politicians such as prime minister Lord Salisbury.
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