Press and Events

Up and coming events

The chapel is open during Open House London

This September, there is an extra opportunity to visit the Fitzrovia Chapel as we are taking part in Open House London. Open House London, 22 to 23 September 2018, is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to more than 800 buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year. The chapel is once again opening its doors during this event and will be available to visit between 10:00 and 17:00 on Sunday 23 September only. Entrance is free. Please turn up in plenty of time as the building is a popular part of the...
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Watching the birds fly in the chapel

The stories of author Daphne du Maurier rarely have a happy ending and were described as ‘moody and resonant’ with overtones of the paranormal. In this our free September Wireless Contemplation audio event, we celebrate perhaps the darkest of all her tales, The Birds. This short story was made famous by Hitchcock in his 1963 horror-thriller film. Although she spent much of her life in Cornwall, du Maurier met her husband while he was living in Fitzrovia. The event details We will be holding our Wireless Contemplation event featuring The Birds on Friday 14 September at 13:00 in the chapel....
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Meet Jack Monroe at the chapel in August

We are delighted to invite you to an evening with Jack Monroe at the chapel in August. Campaigner, food writer and activist Jack,will be interviewed by writer Kerry Hudson on the evening of publication of their third book Cooking on a Bootstrap. Jack will be talking about politics, activism and cooking. What does it mean to feed your body and mind through food that doesn’t cost a fortune? Tickets are £5, or £15.99 including a copy of Cooking on a Bootstrap. Jack will be signing copies after the event. Event details The event is on Thursday 23 August at 18:30 at the...
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Remembering Peter Sellers on his anniversary

‘The day he died it seemed like the whole country came to a stop. Everywhere you went the fact that Peter had died seemed like an umbrella over everything.’ – Burt Kwouk ‘ I remember his two children eating in the staff dining room at night and how we all respected their need for privacy and just felt heartbroken for them.’ – Jacqui, nurse at the former Middlesex Hospital ‘ I had just received my acceptance letter from the Middlesex when he died. I remember being so proud that soon-to-be colleagues had worked so hard to save him.’ – Sarah,...
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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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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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