1 Fitzroy Square
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KJ Tait opened their London office at 1 Fitzroy Square in 2010. The Square is Georgian and it is the only Georgian Square in the central London area of Fitzrovia. Fitzroy Square, Fitzroy Street and the Fitzroy Tavern in the nearby Charlotte Street have the family name of Charles Fitzroy, 2nd Duke of Grafton into whose ownership the land passed through his marriage. His descendant Charles Fitzroy, 1st Baron Southampton, developed the area during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Fitzroy Square was a speculative development intended to provide London residencies for aristocratic families and was built in four stages. Leases for the eastern and southern sides, designed by architect Robert Adam, were granted in 1792; building began in 1794 and was completed in 1798 by Adam’s brothers James and William. These buildings are fronted in Portland stone brought by sea from Dorset.
Fitzrovia was a notable artistic and bohemian centre from the mid 1920’s and this is still relevant today. Amongst those known to have lived locally and frequented the Fitzroy Tavern and the Wheatsheaf are Augustus John, Quentin Crisp, Dylan Thomas, Aleister Crowley, Prince Monolulu (the racing tipster), Nina Hamnett and George Orwell.