Mark Elwood takes us on a tour of London's Fitzrovia neighborhood.Mark Elwood takes us on a tour of London's Fitzrovia neighborhood.
Hello, I'm Mark Ellwood. I'm here to show you my little corner of London. I spent a lot of my childhood, a big chunk of it, here in Fitzroy here, in fact, in this very mews. This is Fitzroy Square. It's the heart of Fitzrovia and was built in the early 19th century to encourage aristocrats to move Around here, now it's mostly home to embassies and also, word is, to Maddona's london cabala HQ. Unfortunately though, Vitsrovia can't claim that Vistrow square is its name sake. That honor belongs to a pub just round the corner. In the 1930s when a group of very loose artists, Nina Hamnett, Augustus John, Dylan Thomas, started drinking, carousing Working in the area. Renting amount is cheap. Their favorite place was this pub. The Fitzroy Tavern. And so when they wanted to come up with a name that would rival Bloonsberry's artistic heritage they called the neighborhood after what exactly what they thought was most important...The pub. It's the Lazarides Gallery, which hands down is the most important and worthwhile pit stop on the Fitzrovia art circuit. It was founded by Steve Lazarides, who started out as a chicken plucker in Bristol. But thanks to discovering a little graffiti artist called Banksy, whose face no one except Steve seems to know, he made his name and a big fortune. Now he has a roster of similarly outrageous artists like Paul Insect, Johnny Yeo. So if you stop off here, don't be easily shocked. It's well worth seeing, the show's always really fun, but they're normally risque. I'm gonna check this one out. So we thought [UNKNOWN] is an aspiration on the neighborhood, but it retains that instant cutting edge, and there's a lot of history [INAUDIBLE] [NOISE] Best place to end a day roaming around Vetruvia is at Bourne and Hollingsworth this is a very special little cocktail bar hidden in a basement. Below a newsstand. Bourne and Hollingsworth aims to bring a prohibition style bar to the people of London, really, in the 21st century. We're very unassuming, so we're very welcoming to everyone, yet we have that sort of slightly old fashioned decor. You know the old fashioned drinks served in tea cups as they used to do in prohibition times. [BLANK_AUDIO] [NOISE].