There are many marvellous Art Deco buildings in London and, if you do a quick online search, you'll notice that same ones often keep appearing. These include The Daily Express building in Fleet Street, The BBC's Broadcasting House, The Hoover Factory, etc.
But there are many more equally-impressive, yet lesser-known Art Deco buildings scattered across London that are simply hiding in plain view. It's a selection of these I'd like to share with you in this presentation.
This virtual journey, covering six miles, takes us from Islington in north London to Piccadilly in the West End, looking at ten under-rated and often over-looked architectural masterpieces from the inter-war era that clearly illustrate how the over-arching term 'Art Deco' covers a variety of styles that includes fabulously tiled façades, geometric Jazz Age metalwork, streamlined moderne, fancy brickwork and beautiful carved reliefs.
I'll show you cleverly designed apartment blocks, temples to trade and entertainment, imposing offices and impressive interiors, as well some interesting recent renovations.
Even if you think you know London well, there will be something in here that will surprise and impress you such that you'll want to find out even more.
Meet Your Live Virtual Guide
Jane Amelia Parker
Jane's London Walks
I live in Islington, London N7, which is about an hours' walk or a 30-minute bus ride from the City of London or the West End, with easy access to the open spaces of Hampstead, Highgate, Primrose Hill, the bustling markets of Camden and the wonderful linear parks created by historic canals and railways.
My friendly walks and talks are about the subjects that inspire and intrigue me personally, not just lists of facts, figures and dates. I encourage people to be more aware of our surroundings, to look up, down and around us a little bit more, as it's all simply hiding in plain sight, waiting to be discovered. I really enjoy sharing my observations and I love seeing peoples' faces when they too discover something new to them.
Guiding and hosting talks evolved after many decades of living, working, socialising and experiencing this marvellous metropolis and taking many thousands of photos of the intriguing bits of history that I find clinging to the walls above today's shopping streets, often only visible from the top deck of a London bus, or hidden in evocative back alleys.
My background is in design, advertising and typography and, as such, I am especially interested in all things visually creative, such as architecture, ghost signs (old advertisements), art and artists, sculpture and culture. I am often lost in old maps, fascinated by how our streets have changed throughout the decades.
I am really looking forward to sharing my observations with you.
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What is a virtual tour?
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Preparing for your Virtual Tour
The talk is hosted through Zoom which is easily downloaded at: https://zoom.us/
The meeting room will be open ten minutes before the talk is due to start.
After the talk the room will remain open for approx 20 minutes for questions and discussion.
Please note, this is not a video experience – it is a presentation – I talk about the subject whilst showing you slides containing images and maps.