From UK Special – Deco London

I love art deco architecture & here are some of the great examples I found in London on a Sunday afternoon – boy I walked a lot!!

Battersea Power Station – the powerhouse (literally) of deco design – currently sitting waiting to have it’s fate decided, but (Pink Floyd fans note) the iconic chimney’s are being restored. Taken from Chelsea Bridge – a beautiful structure itself & a great walk through Chelsea from Knightsbridge – take in fashion icons Sloane Street, Sloane Square & King’s Road.

Landsdowne House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair. The opposite end of the square has another iconic deco design as a car – the Rolls Royce & Bentley showrooms.

Claridge’s Hotel, Brook Street, Mayfair. Doesn’t seem so deco until you take in the details.

Claridge’s Hotel entrance.

Claridge’s Hotel door.

Claridge’s Hotel interior entrance.

BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place. As a child I fantasized about working in this building – as an adult broadcaster I still wonder if my ultimate childhood fantasy will be realized.

BBC Broadcasting House side view.

BBC Broadcasting House detail.

BBC Broadcasting House window detail.

Adelphi Theatre, Strand. Take in the deco design & a West End show at the same time.

Savoy Theatre, Strand. More classic deco than modern but an impressive example & houses an excellent restaurant & bar.

Simpson’s In The Strand entrance. Drop in for lunch or dinner & a West End show.

Knights Bar at Simpson’s In The Strand. Late afternoon, I’d been walking for miles & I needed some fortification – so I dropped in for a drink, hmmm a deco drink – it had to be a gin & tonic. And look – I had the whole place to myself with very accommodating bar staff.

Knights Bar doorway.

Knights Bar lounge.

Knights Bar exits.

80 Strand. Another iconic London deco landmark (used to be Shell Mex House) actually on Victoria Embankment by the Thames.

Savoy Street, Strand. Not sure what the building is actually called & couldn’t get it’s real address but it’s right next door to 80 Strand (on Victoria Embankment).

Fleet Street.

Fleet Street entrance.

Fleet Street.

Fleet Street entrance.

Fleet Street detail.

You’ll see this building on TV – it’s the location of Agatha Christie’s Inspector Poirot residence, Charterhouse Square, East London.

The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, Mayfair.

The Dorchester Hotel lit up.

The Dorchester Hotel lobby lounge. Time for a nightcap.. a gin & tonic or.. what else did they consume in the deco years??

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