Lost Fitzrovia: The Gort Estate, Tottenham Court Road and more

Continentale Cinema on Tottenham Court Road.Part 2 of Fitzrovia Festival 2013 continues for two days only from 5pm to 9pm Wednesday 18 September (to coincide with London Design Festival late night in Fitzrovia); and 10am to 4pm on Saturday 21 September (an unofficial part of Open House London 2013 in Fitzrovia).

Lost Fitzrovia: The Gort Estate and Tottenham Court Road — 5pm to 9pm, Wednesday 18 September; and 10am to 4pm, Saturday 21 September. Another chance to see this exhibition of photographs first shown in June. Now with additional photographs and curators’ notes.

Venue: Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, 39 Tottenham Street, London W1T 4RX. Admission: Free.

A few yards off one of London’s busiest roads was a warren of workshops, storage units and people’s homes. This was The Gort Estate which was demolished in the mid-1970s to make way for what is today called Central Cross.

In this exhibition of photographs a stretch of Tottenham Court Road and the streets to the west of it, now long demolished, is brought back to life; showing the variety of styles of architecture from Geogian, through Victorian, Edwardian, art deco, as well as a hotch-potch of post-WW2 and 1960s refurbishments at ground floor level.

Amongst the buildings were the remnants of the furniture trade, electrical shops and, in a basement below a cinema, the UFO club where Pink Floyd played.

This event is part of the Fitzrovia Festival 2013.

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