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Art exhibition explores the cost of regeneration in Soho and Fitzrovia

La Giaconda Cafe

Above: La Giaconda Cafe, Denmark Street; below: The Intrepid Fox, Wardour Street

The Intrepid Fox, Wardour Street

Published: 21 August, 2015
by CHER THORNHILL

AN exhibition featuring some of the hidden gems of the West End are on display in Covent Garden.

Regeneration City Blues by Jane Palm Gold celebrates the social and creative richness of Soho and Fitzrovia and warns against the over-development of the areas.

Landmark social hubs for cult fans with shared music and fashion tastes like The Intrepid Fox pub, the Roxy Club and La Gioconda Cafe, are shown in a new light.

“I’m hoping people will come and enjoy looking back,” said Ms Palm Gold, who lives in New Compton Street. “It’s a history exhibition first and foremost. There are historical text panels, different shops. Denmark Street, north side – all the music publishers were there in the 1960s.”

• Regeneration City Blues is open daily, from 10am to 6pm, at 55 Neal Street until August 31.

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