At the heart of it all

Fitzrovia has long had a vibrant bohemian character and many of culture’s greatest names have called the area home. Painters like Constable, Hogarth and Whistler were once residents. So too, were writers as diverse as Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf and George Orwell.

Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix have played at The Speakeasy on Margaret Street, while Bob Dylan made his London debut at the King & Queen pub on Foley Street. The musical traditions are just as strong today: Coldplay, one of the biggest bands in the world, formed while studying at University College London.