5th July 2003
Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5BR
Fitzroy Square Festival
Given the growth of community organisations over the past couple of decades, alongside the concerns for local heritage in the face of seemingly relentless corporate expansionism, you do wonder what sort of opposition there might be today if a global telecommunications company decided to build a massive office tower filled with microwave aerials in the heart of Georgian London. Just a thought.
So here we have the (generally) much loved Post Office Tower [which is what we’ll always call it] looming over the historic Fitzroy Square – once home to G B Shaw, Whistler, various Bloomsbury Groupers and, er, Monty Python amongst others, and the heart of Fitzrovia, with its many drinking establishments and Dylan Thomas associations – for a bit of a village-ie summer fair.
As well as this martial arts display that has this young spectactor so enthralled, we’re entertained by a troupe of Hellenic Dancers, reflecting the close association the Greek community has with the neighbourhood, not least with its characterful restaurants in and around Cleveland Street (talking of Greek Culture, I haven’t managed to find a London ‘Zorba Flashmob’ to link to, but then there is this from the Greek Tourist Board on the South Bank, which does seem to have backfired somewhat).