For those of us old enough to remember, the Middlesex Hospital used to be on this site and had an exquisite 19th Century chapel as its place of worship, known only to those working there. Grade II listed, the Fitzrovia Chapel, designed in the 1880s by one of the foremost Gothic Revival architects John Loughborough Pearson, is now at the centre of a new mixed-use development. I’d previously glimpsed it behind glass through a pub door so I made the most of the opportunity to attend a talk given there recently by art critic Tabish Khan.
Fully restored by specialist architects Caroe & Partners, the marble & mosaics sparkle again, even on a dull winter’s day.
Even Tabish’s trademark loud shirt was no competition.
The chapel is now a community hub and open to the public every Wednesday between 11:00 and 16:00 “for reflection and quiet thought” in addition to hosting a range of events.
So don’t miss the chance to visit this jewellery box not far from Oxford Street.