This remarkable book provides an irrestibly idiosyncratic portrait of London in minature. From its marvellously illustrated pages leaps a collection of tender, comic, shocking, sometimes alarming vignettes, a rogues gallery of characters past and present - the famous, infamous and unfamous - who have, over the last 400 years, made this bohemian corner of the city what it is. etween Oxford Street and Euston Road, bordered by Portland Place, Gower Street and Tottenham Court Road, lies a mysteriously evocative area, close to London's heart, known as Fitzrovia. It has a strange and varied history, one that also hold up a mirror to the rest of the capital. For the avant-garde, from painters to actors and artisans, Fitzrovia has been a creative hub, full of studios, craftshops and trysting places. Revolutionaries and radicals gathered in Fitzrovia, which has seen more than its share of murder and mayhem. Spivs and spies, princes and prostitutes jostled in its streets. Alongside grandeur and elegance, exiles and emires occupied shabby tenements and introduced new styles of cafe and restaurant. Medical professionals mingled, in institutions set up by freethinkers, with intellectua
Mike Pentelow moved to Fitzrovia in the early 1970s. He has worked as a sports reporter and industrial correspondent. He is a member of the Management Committee of the Fitzrovia Association, and Joint World President of the 'Stand By Me' club. Marsha Rowe was a secretary in Fitzrovia, when she co-founded the feminist magazine Spare Rib in 1972. Born in Australia, she worked her passage on a ship to England in 1968. She is a freelance editor and writer, and lives in London.