2 nights starting from
Central London’s Art Deco landmarks
Two illuminating lectures from Mike Hope
As with so many other cities around the world, London embraced Art Deco with an astounding vigour, which was to define many London skylines and districts. Despite post-war redevelopment, London is home to an enormous range and quantity of truly outstanding buildings of all types from factories, garages, stations, hotels, apartment blocks and houses to offices, churches, palaces and cinemas.
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Day 1: Arrive independently at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ealing from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome drink, dinner with wine and an introductory talk by Mike Hope – ‘Art Deco - an international style in context’.
Day 2: London’s Art Deco landmarks.
We spend today exploring metropolitan Art Deco delights travelling between West London and the centre of the city. In the west, we will see the former Grosvenor Cinema in Harrow, part of the iconic 1933 Hoover building, (partly covered in scaffolding), Osterley Park tube station, the ‘Golden Mile’ of the Great West Road constructed in 1925. Centrally, buildings include the RIBA headquarters at 66 Portland Place, Broadcasting House; Florin Court, (where Poirot was filmed), and Senate House. This evening there will be a second lecture by Mike Hope - ‘Art Deco Art and Design in the UK 1925-39.’
Day 3: Eltham Palace and more central London buildings.
Today we head to South East London starting with a visit to magnificent Eltham Palace, childhood home of Henry VIII. In the 1930s, Stephen and Virginia Courtland built a modern house attached to the remains of the palace creating, internally, one of the finest examples of the Art Deco style in England. On the way back though London we will also see the remarkable Carreras Cigarette Factory, the Park Lane Hotel and Ideal House, London's only building designed by acclaimed Art Deco architect, Thomas Hood. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.
Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion. Visits are a mixture of internal and external visits (many are public buildings) as time and traffic conditions allow. Most of the interest lies in the architecture which is best appreciated externally.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ealing, London
Located on the outskirts of Central London, the four-star Crowne Plaza Ealing Hotel offers a restaurant, bar, gym and comfortable, contemporary designed bedrooms with private bath/shower, air-conditioning, TV and telephone. Car parking is available at the hotel costing £13.50 per night, payable directly to the hotel.
Crowne Plaza Ealing Hotel Website
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
A Checklist of buildings
Firestone Tyre Factory
Wallis, Gilbert and Partners 1929 (Demolished 1980).
What little vestigial remains (some stairs, lighting and metalwork comprising the gates and entrances) are left, are a sad memorial to what was one of the most iconic Art Deco buildings in Britain.
Pyrene Fire Extinguisher Company Factory
Wallis, Gilbert and Partners 1929-30.
The building has had a name change, to Westlink House. It is a reinforced concrete structure and a classic example of Moderne style.
Wallis, Gilbert and Partners c.1932.
Now Softsel Computers. It is yet another classic white reinforced concrete Moderne style building.
FE Simkins 1935.
Sir Banister Fletcher 1937.
Really this building acts as the full stop to the run of factories along the Great West Road. The tall clock tower acts a landmark. The future of this large and very valuable site is still uncertain.
Wallis Gilbert and Partners 1937.
FE Simkins 1932.
Now Rank Audiovisual.
George Warren 1936 and Wallis Gilbert and Partners 1938-42.
This building is now part of Glaxo Smithcline.
Robert Sharp 1932.
The Hoover Building
Wallis Gilbert and Partners 1931-5.
Since the demise of the Firestone building in 1980, this wonderful structure has become the iconic Art Deco building in Britain. Its Egyptian style, which is most evident in the stylised entrances, is spectacular. The white reinforced concrete (the concrete was known as Snowcrete and was sold as being able to stay white despite the British climate!) structure is balanced by the green painted metal window frames. All of this acts as a foil to the centrally placed entrance, which has stylised Egyptian decoration made of coloured faience tiles. The small building to the right was originally built as a canteen for the factory. The front of the building has been preserved and used as offices, whilst the rear is now a Tesco superstore.
Osterley Park Tube Station
Charles Holden with SA Heaps 1934.
For once, not a circular station building, but an oblong box which is graced with a 70ft tower complete with a lit finial. The use of brick throughout, with stone and concrete detailing and metal framed windows, is classic period London Underground.
Lt. Col G Val Myer, RIBA and Watson Hart 1931-32.
External Sculptures are by Eric Gill, Ariel being the most famous. Interiors were designed by Wells Coates, Serge Chermayeff, Raymond McGrath and others. This Portland Stone clad building with its irregular shape has become synonomous with the BBC News.
This was my third tour with Mike Hope, and each time he was excellent. I hope to be able to go on another of his tours before long.
Review by Holding who travelled 16-November-2018
Packed weekend, excellent leader with extensive knowledge, we learnt a lot!
Review by Jensen who travelled 16-November-2018
A really good trip. Mike, as ever, informative and good fun. He is a terrific Tour Manager. A really pleasant weekend. Even the weather was good.
Review by Burbidge who travelled 16-November-2018
Mike Hope was, yet again, fantastic! His knowledge of the subject and enthusiasm are so infectious. We really enjoyed the talks, presentations and exploratory tours. It was great and look forward to deciding which tour to do next!
Review by Teasdale who travelled 01-December-2017
Excellent tour with excellent expert Mike Hope.
Review by Ryan who travelled 01-December-2017
Review by who travelled 17-November-2017
I learnt so much from our very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide over the weekend. My only disappointment was that we only had a short stop at Eltham Palace (and we had to find and eat lunch in that time). I would have preferred to miss out one of the other stops and see the palace properly.
Review by who travelled 17-November-2017
On balance we both thought that it was too ambitious to try to cover all the venues described in the brochure in a two day tour, especially at this time of year when the light fades fast after 4 pm. Although the hotel was well placed for the sites on the Great West Road, it is questionable that it was a good location from which to see Eltham Palace & (the advertised) Croydon Airport as well as Central London. Perhaps it would be wise to avoid weekend traffic in Greater London by changing the tour to mid week in future.
Review by Bradshaw who travelled 17-November-2017
Review by who travelled 17-November-2017
Mike Hope was an excellent guide and his lectures were educational, entertaining and well illustrated. Mike packs a lo in, but you come away feeling that you have had a special experience. The hotel had lovely rooms and very good food and attentive service.
Review by who travelled 17-November-2017
We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The only reason the Accommodation got a 'good' rather than 'excellent' was because of the Air Conditioning in the room. You either had to freeze or boil. No way to open a window either. Made sleeping difficult. Other than that it was all wonderful. We met some lovely people too and Mike Hope was excellent.
Review by Fraser who travelled 17-November-2017
Mike Hope on very good form despite unfavourable weather on the Saturday afternoon
Review by Shaw who travelled 17-November-2017
Review by Ms Andrea Stilliard who travelled 02-December-2016
Review by Ms Frances De Freitas who travelled 18-November-2016
Very good hotel and tour led by knowledgeable, stimulating and approachable Mike Hope. Marred somewhat by November weather, number of outside and noisy venues, size of group and hurried meal stops.
Review by Mr Barry Carter who travelled 18-November-2016
A most enjoyable and informative weekend - well worth doing.
Review by Miss Carol Sockett who travelled 18-November-2016
Although we had advised that gluten free food was required for myself there was little or no choice at the two evening buffets. The hotel information was poor in that there was nothing in the rooms, other than the statutory fire notice and no on screen information available.
Review by Mr Rodger Partington who travelled 18-November-2016
As Mike had told you the print out of places didn't fit with the actual tour. Mike was brilliant! Unable to hear volunteer at Croyden airport due to noise from Indian party next door! Food area at Eltham was poor - cold, unheated greenhouse and limited space. Coach was v comfortable and driver excellent. A good weekend all round - thanks.
Review by Mrs Gillian Platt who travelled 18-November-2016
This was a superb tour. We were introduced to wonderful buildings by a guide who knows and loves them and shares his enthusiasm in a relaxed but memorable manner. We learnt so much and were left wanting more. We will join Mike Hope again.
Review by Mrs Patricia Chapman who travelled 18-November-2016
Review by Mrs Lesley Olley who travelled 18-November-2016
Review by Mr Kevin Moore who travelled 18-November-2016
Impossible to hear a lot of Mike's excellent comments due to road noise. Why on earth don't you use wifi mike and headsets like other tour operators? Couldn't recommend this tour because of this
Review by Mr John Allan who travelled 18-November-2016
Review by Mr Frederick Gruncell who travelled 27-November-2015
Mike Hope was first class, gave his all, and a very good bus driver too . Mike has great knowledge of his subject, a deep knowledge of London and Good with People. I h ad a wonderful weekend, Highlight was 15mins of ancient Croyden airport film! Hotel Great too.
Review by Mrs Elizabeth Kirkman who travelled 27-November-2015
Review by Mr Michael Angling who travelled 27-November-2015
Review by Mrs June Hardy who travelled 20-November-2015
We were very impressed with our Tour Manager, his knowledge and the way in which he managed to fit in the needs of everyone on the final day, not an easy task taking into account London traffic.
Review by Mr CHRIS LIGHTFOOT who travelled 20-November-2015
Thank you very much for a well run trip. Mike's talks gave us interesting background, lots of knowledge which we hope we will keep. Very pleased with Hotel and food. We look forward to joining Mike on another trip.
Review by Mr Alan Banks who travelled 20-November-2015
Staff at the hotel were particularly helpful. The hotel was in a good position
Review by Mrs Ann Berrow who travelled 20-November-2015
Review by Mrs Patricia Gibson who travelled 20-November-2015
Yet another wonderful tour which introduced us to hitherto unseen buildings from the Art Deco period. Outstanding were the Carrera Factory and Eltham Palace, the latter having the merit of the almost wholly original mediaeval hall. As ever, Mike Hope was fabulous - enthusiastic, erudite, patient and with a wonderfully self-deprecating but humorous approach. I can hardly wait for 2016.
Review by Mrs Margaret Birch who travelled 20-November-2015
Another excellent tour with Mike. It was a revelation to see so many great buildings in London. Eltham Palace exceeded expectations and the Carreras building was stunning. As always Mike provided just the right amount of context and detail, delivered with his customary erudition and humour.
Review by Mrs Ann Howe who travelled 20-November-2015
An excellent and informative tour - Mike Hope was brilliant!
Review by Mrs A Levene who travelled 20-November-2015
Hotel clean, staff very friendly,but food mediocre to poor.
Review by Mr Keith Biggs who travelled 03-October-2014
Travel Editions feedback:
Thank you for your comments and we have passed them onto the hotel with regards to the food. It is an ares across our complete UK programme that we hjave to keep monitoring closely.
Buffet diners were of rather low standard but breakfast satisfactory.
Review by Mr Nigel West who travelled 03-October-2014
Croydon Aerodrome too distant and too much hassle to include especially for clients returning home as well. Tour meals adequate but off tour restaurant poor.
Review by Dr D Price who travelled 03-October-2014
All aspects of the tour were wonderful, much of it down to the knowledge and enthusiasm of Mike Hope our tour leader. However, the Savoy hotel let us and itself down by not honouring its agreement to admit the group into the American Bar to view the decor. We do hope that Travel Editions send an official letter of complaint and maybe for future tours choose an alternative venue i.e. Claridges.
Review by Fothergill who travelled 04-October-2013
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