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.
First opened as a cinema in the 1930s, the Queens building in Westbourne Grove is an Art Deco masterpiece that's been restored to its former glory. Photo taken in 1960. Source Heals Furniture The art deco Park Royal station on the Piccadilly line is formed from a series of simple interconnecting geometric shapes. Source Lipsticklettucelycra Art deco contrasts in Bloomsbury. Source Yannick Pucci The Lansdowne Club in Mayfair where 18th-century grandeur meets stylish art deco. Source Wedding Venues Art deco living at Charleville Court in West Kensington. Source Merrickwinter Dreamy art deco designs. Source Knitterbird 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 Another perspective on Shell Mex House on the Strand. Source Mandytjie This five-storey art deco-inspired London town house uses marble inside and out. Source Highsnobietydesign Elsley House, Great Titchfield Street. Source Andrewdthorpe The former Odeon cinema, Woolwich. Source Discovering London 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 The impressive, curved Unilever house is a grade II listed building, built in 1933. Source Instagram Art Deco loveliness at One America Square, east London. Source Mandytjie 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 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 Art deco touches on the 'new' Adelphi buildings in Westminster. Source Mandytjie Thames House is a Grade II listed building in Millbank, on the north bank of the Thames adjacent to Lambeth Bridge. Source Kimsilverman 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 A beautiful art deco house in Southgate. Source Wow Haus Harrow's Grosvenor Cinema, now the Zoroastrian Centre. Source Metropol2 Ealing has a beautiful listed art deco estate, which was built to house film stars working at the nearby Ealing Studios. Source London Dating Northcliffe House on Whitefriars Street. Source Allwillb Chiswick Park Station has been Grade II listed since February 1987. Source Senatehouseevents Black and white art deco brilliance. Source Londonist The art deco Ibex House, Portsoken Street in Whitechapel. Source Mandytjie The Hoover Building on the A40 in Perivale is a fantastic example of art deco architecture, designed by Wallis, Gilbert and Partners. Source Tarahcoonan Art deco, Tottenham Court Road-style. Source Craigsolo The stairs at Turnpike Lane tube station. Source Mrlondon Ncb Turnpike Lane tube station. Source Mrlondon Ncb A 1930s art deco house in Blackheath. Source Wow Haus Between Harrow and Wealdstone, in north west London, stands the rather bleak looking art deco Safari cinema. Source Londonist Art deco apartments on Exhibition Road. Source Mattdelmar The 1930s Trevor Square, Knightsbridge Source Aridley88 Rayners Lane station Source 44mlb Whole Foods in Kensington: wholly art deco. Source Aladyinlondon The escalators at Turnpike Lane station Source Sophii Jacob The art deco Adelphi building from the 1930s is located at 1-10 John Adam Street in Westminster. Source Mandytjie Eltham’s former cinema, which closed in 2000. It's now a gym. Source Metropol2 Art deco elephants in Greenwich. Source Amirbaum Beautiful grade II-listed art deco property in Hampstead Garden Suburb. Source Wow Haus Art deco details in Southwark. Source Allwillb 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 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 Art deco gigantism at its finest Source Facehunter Elsley House, Great Titchfield Street. Source Stephen.andrew.wood An abandoned art deco building in Willesden Green. Source Ben Pedroche
Last Updated 27 February 2017