Facts about Fitzrovia
The core area of Fitzrovia has its roots in the ancient manor of Tottenham Court – first recorded as Þottanheale, from a charter from around AD 1000, the initia ‘Þ’ may have been a mistake by the scribe who should perhaps have used a ‘T’, as all subsequent records use an initial ‘T’. The manor was subsequently described as Totehele in the Domesday Book of 1086, Totenhale in 1184 and Totenhale Court by 1487.
Much of Fitzrovia was developed by minor landowners, and this led to a predominance of small and irregular streets – in comparison with neighbouring districts like Marylebone and Bloomsbury, which were dominated by one or two landowners, and was thus developed more schematically, with stronger grid patterns and a greater number of squares.
Fitzrovia is a district in central London, near London’s West End. The original core area is in the London Borough of Camden, with a further area in the City of Westminster. It has its roots in the Manor of Tottenham Court and was urbanised during the 18th century. The informal term Fitzrovia was coined in the late 1930s and has varied in popularity since then.
It is characterised by its mixed-use of residential, business, retail, education and healthcare, with no single activity dominating. The once bohemian area was home to writers as such as Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw and Arthur Rimbaud. In 2016, The Sunday Times named the district as the best place to live in London.