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Art Deco London bike tour with Elain Harwood

23/02/2020 10:00 am – 23/02/2020 2:00 pm | Victoria Station outside WH Smith on main concourse

Join Elain Harwood, author of Art Deco Britain, for The Deco Dynamo – a bike tour through London’s most famous Art Deco buildings.

The Deco Dynamo is a gentle, light-hearted ride through central London on a Sunday morning looking at the best Art Deco exteriors, including some NOT featured in Art Deco Britain.  It will start at Victoria Station at 10am, followed by a ride through Hyde Park and Mayfair, up Regent Street and Portland Place, then to the Carreras Cigarette Factory (Mornington Crescent), with a short break.  The second part of the tour will continue through Holborn and the City, finishing near Borough Market (London Bridge) where there are plenty of places for lunch, beer or both.  Expected finish time will be around 1.30pm-2pm.

Bring your own bike – suitable for Bromptons. Participants must undertake the tour at their own risk and wearing a helmet is advisable.

When: Sunday 23rd February 10am – 2pm
Meet time: 10am
Meet place: Victoria Station outside WH Smith on main concourse
Finish time/place: 1.30pm – 2pm, Borough Market
Members’ price: £15
Non members’ price: £25

For more information and to book tickets, please visit the Twentieth Century Society website.



The definitive guide to Art Deco buildings in Britain.

The perennially popular style of Art Deco influenced architecture and design all over the world in the 1920s and 1930s – from elegant Parisian theatres to glamorous Manhattan skyscrapers. The style was also adopted by British architects, but, until now, there has been little that really explains the what, where and how of Art Deco buildings in Britain. In Art Deco Britain, leading architecture historian and writer Elain Harwood, brings her trademark clarity and enthusiasm to the subject as she explores Britain’s Art Deco buildings.

Art Deco Britain, published in association with the Twentieth Century Society, is the definitive guide to the architectural style in Britain. The book begins with an overview of the international Art Deco style, and how this influenced building design in Britain. The buildings covered include Houses and Flats; Churches and Public Buildings; Offices; Shops, Showrooms and Cafés; Hotels and Public Houses; Cinemas, Theatres and Concert Halls; Sports Buildings; Industrial Premises and Transport Buildings.

The book covers some of the best-loved and some lesser-known buildings around the UK, such as the Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Eltham Palace, Broadcasting House and the Carreras Cigarette Factory in London, Finella in Cambridge, St Christopher’s Church in Liverpool and Tinside Lido in Plymouth.

Beautifully produced and richly illustrated with architectural photography, this is the definitive guide to a much-loved architecture style.



Elain Harwood is the historian at English Heritage responsible for its post-war research and listing programme. Her publications on the subject include England’s Post-war Listed Buildings and Space, Hope and Brutalism: English Architecture 1945–1975 and many articles for Twentieth-Century Architecture, the journal of the Twentieth-Century Society.