Fitzrovia still retains an air of bohemia and has always attracted artists since the early 1900’s. Those known to have lived in the area during that time have been. Quentin Crisp, Dylan Thomas, George Orwell, Walter Sickert, George Bernard Shaw and Virginia Wolf to name a few. In more recent times the famous Warren Street squats of the 1980’s embraced a community of avant garde artists, fashion students, musicians, Dj’s and general outcasts which included. Leigh Bowery, Steve Strange, Stephen Jones and Boy George. These and many others went onto become the creative influences of the early 1980’s new romantic scene and beyond.
Since the 1990’s new media outlets have replaced the photographic studios and fashion warehouses of the 1970’s, Advertising agencies still retain a big presence in the area as well as many production and post production companies. In more recent times the area has changed again with many commercial galleries and art dealers moving in.
Warren Street itself was originally an unnamed track servicing newley built properties on Euston road. In 1799 Warren Street was built on with three storey terraces by Charles Fitzroy. Fitzroy named the street after his wife Anne Warren. Anne was the daughter of admiral Sir Peter Warren who founded New Yorks Greenwich Village. The street became popular with artists especially engravers, then for much of the 20th Century Warren Street was home to the motor trade, famed for its car dealers and car showrooms. In the 1950’s and early 1960’s many of the buildings fell into disrepair and so the car dealers departed. Currently Warren Street posses a diverse range of retailers and professional services.