Press and Events

Up and coming events

Concerts for an AIDS memorial

Concerts are being held at the chapel in July as part of a campaign to raise money for a memorial to people who have died from AIDS and HIV-related illnesses. The events, run by Aids Memory UK, will include members of Ixion Ensemble, Michael Finnissy and Neil Georgeson. There will be two string quartets, piano pieces and an interview with the composer Dr Joseph Sonnabend. You can book tickets online for both days: Saturday 7 July https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/London/Fitzrovia-Chapel/AIDSMemoryUK-Presents-Music-by-Dr-Joseph-Sonnabend/13246677/ Sunday 8 July https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/London/Fitzrovia-Chapel/AIDSMemoryUK-Presents-Michael-Finnissy-/13246678/

Visit Big Brother at the chapel in June

Big Brother looms as large in our lives as he did in 1949 when George Orwell introduced him to the world in the novel 1984. With a history of bannings and court challenges, the book still deserves its iconic and provocative reputation. Come and hear the slogans, the Newspeak, the fiction turned fact in this dramatised version. Of course, Orwell featured heavily in the life of Fitzrovia and remains a mighty figure in our cultural history. Event details The event is on Friday 29 June at 13:00 at the chapel. There is no charge and everyone is welcome to attend...
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Volunteers needed to show art that matters to them

We are curating an exhibition of art selected from homes across Fitzrovia and are looking for volunteers to display their favourite pieces. With houses ranging from sumptuous residences to quirky apartments and family homes, the focus of the exhibition will be on reflecting people’s passion for design and questioning how art finds a place in our homes and lives. Set together in the chapel, these pieces will literally display the true diversity of the area, as well as referencing its historical, cultural and artistic roots. Throughout the summer, we will photograph residents in 50 households alongside a key piece of...
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Celebrating International Nurses’ Day

If you are a nurse who used to be based at the former Middlesex Hospital, please join us on Wednesday 9 May at 14:30 for a glass of wine or soft drink. Saturday 12 May marks International Nurses’ Day, an annual occasion to celebrate nursing on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. In recognition of our strong ties with the former Middlesex Hospital and its nursing community, we will be dedicating our open day that week to this event as well as inviting those nurses in for a celebratory toast. We would also love you to create a...
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Doris Lessing’s excerpts from The Golden Notebook

Nobel Prize-winner and political campaigner Doris Lessing was a novelist, playwright, poet, short story writer biographer and librettist. From 1958 to 1962, she lived in Fitzrovia, paying £5 a week in rent.   Come and listen to some of the words that made her reputation as one of the world’s most admired writers in our free Wireless Contemplation event. The event is on Friday 18 May at 13:00 at the chapel and everyone is welcome to attend.

Count the stars in our ceiling to win a prize

If you count the number of stars in our ceiling, how many do you see? To celebrate International Astronomy Day on 21 April, we’re inviting you to count our stars and win a bottle of Chapel Down, the sparkling wine to be served at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle this May. This is also the wine we offer at our weddings. You’ll need to come to our open day on Wednesday 18 or 25 April to do your counting. Or, of course, you take take a wild guess! Please let us know your answer by...
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Free lunchtime rehearsal drop-in at Handel Festival

As part of the London Handel Festival, we are delighted to announce the opportunity to come along to a free event at the chapel. On Tuesday 20 March, please pop in to the open rehearsal between 12.30pm to 2pm. It’s free, informal and a chance to listen to wonderful music. If you can’t make that, there are two evening concerts at 7pm and 8.30pm. Tickets for those at http://www.london-handel-festival.com/

Laurence Olivier reads RL Stevenson

“I don’t believe that there was ever such a literary feat before as the writing of Dr Jekyll. I remember the first reading as though it were yesterday. Louis came downstairs in a fever; read nearly half the book aloud; and then, while we were still gasping, he was away again, and busy writing. I doubt if the first draft took so long as three days.” — Lloyd Osbourne, Stevenson’s stepson As well as being one of our most famous actors, Sir Laurence Olivier was also a former Fitzrovia resident. He attended a church choir school in Margaret Street. Just...
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In the news

The Ward in the News

The chapel’s first photography exhibition, The Ward, has been featured and reviewed online and in print. This has included Wallpaper, British Journal of Photography and AnOther Magazine. BBC News also ran a feature.

A Day to Remember in Westminster

We’re really proud to be included in Westminster Register Office’s newly released list of iconic places to be married. The website is called A Day to Remember and it’s worth looking at the stunning locations for weddings in Westminster. Here’s our entry with details about choosing the chapel for your special...
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Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo shoot in the chapel

We were delighted to be the location for a music video shoot in August. It was for award-winning musicians Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo. They have been described as performers ‘with truly uncanny unanimity’ (Ivan Hewett, Daily Telegraph) and ‘with astounding exquisiteness’ (Paul Driver, Sunday Times). Watch this space for an announcement...
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Nu Bride wedding shoot

In August 2017, award-winning wedding blog Nu Bride featured a shoot with the chapel as its backdrop. If you’re looking for inspiration for your upcoming ceremony, we hope you will find it in the photos featured in the piece.  

Phoebe English show at London Fashion Week

On 19 February 2017, the chapel hosted the Phoebe English show as part of London Fashion Week. It was featured in Vogue and Elle, among other publications.   Because London reported: “The collection was shown in the extraordinarily magical Fitzrovia Chapel which is newly restored. English designed the collection with the...
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