Art Deco London

Decadent escapism in the heart of London finds modern architecture at its most lavish, decorative and exotic

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Buenos Aries, Barcelona, Miami, these are the cities around the world that one may instantly think of when considering Art Deco architecture. But while London may not be synonymous with the style in the way these other cities are, the capital still offers some of the best examples of Art Deco buildings to be found anywhere in the world. From the stations of the rapidly expanding tube network built during the Art Deco heydays of the 1920s and 1930s to the monumental department stores that grace Europe's busiest shopping street, Art Deco is a style that London embraced with incredible versatility and vigour. The tour will unveil the unlikely locations where some of these buildings lie and reveal the tense political context that often saw the style imaginatively tempered to conform to London's historic vernacular streetscape. 

Highlights:

  • Waterstone's Piccadilly

  • House of Fraser Oxford Street

  • Selfridges

WALK START LOCATION:      Piccadilly Circus tube station, Exit 2 (Piccadilly North Side) / Map

WALK ENDS: Park Lane, near Hyde Park Corner tube station

ALL WALKS KEY:

STYLES / PERIODS Featured

GO   GOTHIC / PRE-

         MEDIEVAL

 CL    CLASSICAL

MO   MODERN /

        CONTEMPORARY

1   BIG BEN / PARLIAMENT

2   BRITISH MUSEUM

3   BUCKINGHAM PALACE

4   GHERKIN

5   LONDON EYE

6   OLYMPIC PARK

7   ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

8   SHARD

9   TATE MODERN

10  TOWER OF LONDON /

      TOWER BRIDGE

11  TRAFALGAR SQUARE

12  WESTMINSTER ABBEY

LANDMARKS Featured

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