Art deco, one of the first truly international architectural styles, might have originated in France, but it certainly made its mark on London.
Here you can see examples of the luxury and glamour that embodied the early years of art deco, as well as more subdued, post-Great Depression pieces. Whether it's from the exuberant 20s or restrained 30s, we think you'll agree: it's all rather beautiful.
The former Odeon cinema, Woolwich. Source Discovering London A 1930s art deco house in Blackheath. Source Wow Haus Black and white art deco brilliance. Source Londonist Beautiful grade II-listed art deco property in Hampstead Garden Suburb. Source Wow Haus The escalators at Turnpike Lane station Source Sophii Jacob Art deco, Tottenham Court Road-style. Source Craigsolo Imperial Airways Building, Buckingham Palace Road. It was designed by Albert Lakeman in 1939 in the art deco style, and has a pair of winged figures over the entrance by E R Broadbent. It was used by BOAC & British Airways but now houses the National Audit Office. Source Paulbea The art deco Park Royal station on the Piccadilly line is formed from a series of simple interconnecting geometric shapes. Source Retrochick Uk The stairs at Turnpike Lane tube station. Source Mrlondon Ncb The Grampians, Shepherd's Bush, was built between 1935 and 1937 and designed by architect Maurice Ernest Webb, son of Sir Aston Webb. Source Jaroslaw Marciuk The former Curry's electrical factory on the Great West Road is now the headquarters of J C Decaux. It was designed in 1936 by F E Simkins. The building was restored by Foster and Partners in the late 1990s. Source Jocope This five-storey art deco-inspired London town house uses marble inside and out. Source Selectism Elsley House, Great Titchfield Street. Source Andrewdthorpe Whole Foods in Kensington: wholly art deco. Source Aladyinlondon Florin Court is an art deco residential building on the eastern side of Charterhouse Square in Smithfield. Poirot fans will recognise it as the filming location for the fictional Whitehaven mansions. Source Whatinasees An abandoned art deco building in Willesden Green. Source Ben Pedroche Northcliffe House on Whitefriars Street. Source Allwillb Harrow's Grosvenor Cinema, now the Zoroastrian Centre. Source Metropol2 The impressive, curved Unilever house is a grade II listed building, built in 1933. Source Markster70 Battersea Power Station: art deco gigantism at its finest. Source Facehunter Chiswick Park Station has been Grade II listed since February 1987. Source Senatehouseevents Art deco apartments on Exhibition Road. Source Mattdelmar The Hoover Building on the A40 in Perivale is a fantastic example of art deco architecture, designed by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners. Source Tarahcoonan Ealing has a beautiful listed art deco estate, which was built to house film stars working at the nearby Ealing Studios. Source London Dating Art deco details in Southwark. Source Allwillb Turnpike Lane tube station. Source Mrlondon Ncb Art deco touches on the 'new' Adelphi buildings in Westminster. Source Mandytjie Art deco elephants in Greenwich. Source Amirbaum A beautiful art deco house in Southgate. Source Wow Haus Eltham’s former cinema, which closed in 2000. It's now a gym. Source Metropol2 The 1930s Trevor Square, Knightsbridge Source Aridley88 First opened as a cinema in the 1930s, the Queens building in Westbourne Grove is an art deco masterpiece that's recently been restored to its former glory. This photo was taken in 1960. Source Heals Furniture Art Deco loveliness at One America Square, east London. Source Mandytjie Thames House is a Grade II listed building in Millbank, on the north bank of the Thames adjacent to Lambeth Bridge. Source Thekimsilverman The Lansdowne Club in Mayfair where 18th-century grandeur meets stylish art deco. Source Wedding Venues Rayners Lane station Source 44mlb Art deco brilliance on Fleet Street. Source Wonderlustinglynda This is the modern atrium attached to the back of the gorgeous art deco building at 1 Finsbury Circus. Source Samlucasmore Shell Mex House is a grade II listed building situated at 80, Strand. The current building was built in 1930–31. And yes, that's London's biggest clock at the top. Source Scratch London The art deco Ibex House, Portsoken Street in Whitechapel. Source Mandytjie Standing on Tooley Street, near HMS Belfast and on the south side of London Bridge, St Olaf House was built between 1928 and 1932 for the Hay's Wharf Company. The building was awarded Grade II*-listed status in May 1971. Source Tarahcoonan Dreamy art deco designs. Source Knitterbird Art deco living at Charleville Court in West Kensington. Source Merrickwinter Between Harrow and Wealdstone, in north west London, stands the rather bleak looking art deco Safari cinema. Source Londonist Elsley House, Great Titchfield Street. Source Stephen.Andrew.Wood Art deco contrasts in Bloomsbury. Source Yannick Pucci
The art deco Adelphi building from the 1930s is located at 1-10 John Adam Street in Westminster. Source Mandytjie
Last Updated 27 February 2017