One of the most famous sites on Tottenham Court Road is in a state of disrepair and needs an urgent paint job. The Fitzrovia Mural, in Whitfield Gardens, was created Mick Jones and Simon Barber in 1980, and depicts many of the characters associated with the area at the time.
Over the years, the paint has faded or has become obscured by mould and graffiti. This great work of local history is in danger of passing into history itself. A group of concerned residents are now trying to raise funds to restore the mural to its original condition.
There are two ways you can help. On Thursday 16 June, local historian Mike Pentelow will lead a guided walk of the area, and explain the stories behind the mural. The £10 fee will go towards restoring the wall. Those who can’t make it can alternatively donate the £10 via Paypal and receive one of these splendid tea towels.
If you’d like to learn more about London’s many historic wall paintings, visit the excellent site of the London Mural Preservation Society, which includes a clickable map of the main mural sites.
Image by Tezzer57 in the Londonist Flickr pool.