1930s Art Deco architecture in Shoreditch and Hoxton
Mon Jun 03 2019 at 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Finsbury Square, London, United Kingdom
Finsbury Square, London, United Kingdom
Jane's London Walks
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Deco-tastic! Get your jazz age hands on!
The area around Old Street roundabout was until 1965 part of the parish of Shoreditch/StLeonard's. For the mostpart of the 19th and early 20th century this was home to small businesses, tradesmen and manufacturers, interspersed with municipal organisations that kept it all running smoothly.
1930s London saw a significant building boom that blew away the cobwebs and fussy designs of the Victorian and Edwardian eras with an aim to motivate the masses after a truly horrid WWI which was followed ten years later by the gloom, doom and poverty of the Depression era. Once the worst was over, businesses and architects were keen to prove that the future was bright.
Architects set out to motivate and inspire by designing and rebuilding in a style we have come to recognise today as the collective term 'Art Deco'.
We all have a different idea as to what 'Art Deco' or modernism actually looks like, though I am sure you'll find your favourite along this route, be it solid statement architecture, Egyptian inspiration or 'Streamline Moderne' echoing the fabulous ocean-going liners of that era.
We'll look at a cross-section of buildings – places of literature, commerce, manufacture, health, and housing. And you'll hear the stories about the people and/or companies related to the façades.
We'll also consider how the style has endured and see how it continues to inspire today's architects.
Why not make a Deco day of it and join me on this afternoon's 2pm tour – see some impressive 1930s façades in nearby Spitalfields and Aldgate, only a short walk away – please see my other listings
For last-minute bookings, enquiries or updates please call me prior to the tour start time on 07941 475003.
Also see my other Art Deco walks in other locations - Holloway, Spitalfields, Arsenal... with more to be made available soon.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
There is no minimum age – children aged 5 or younger are welcome at no charge. However, please note that all other children up to age 15 must be accompanied by an adult – one child per paying adult.
Can I just show up and pay on arrival?
No, I'm sorry – this is a ticketed event and spaces are limited – places must be booked in advance.
Where exactly does this tour start?
Details of the exact meeting point will be on your booking confirmation and ticket which will be sent via email
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please don't waste time and resources printing out your ticket.I will have a list of attendees on the day, although it would be wise to make a note of your booking reference
Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?
As you can appreciate, transfers/reassignments do not apply to those who just do not show up.
However, in cases of illness or unforseen circumstances I will be happy to transfer your booking to another of my walks on another date as long as you let me know at least two hours before your booked walk is due to start.
Alternatively ... perhaps you might be able to offer your ticket to a friend ... please see the next question...
Is it OK if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
This is fine – just email/text me the name of the person who will be taking your place.
Is this tour suitable for wheelchairs?
The walk will be mostly on standard pavements and should not pose any problems further to those experienced on an average high street.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Email: jane | janeslondon ! comMobile: +44(0)7941 475003
My guiding style is inclusive, open and friendly. I design and research every tour myself – in fact, the research never ends.The walking tours I offer are all on subjects I am genuinely interested in – each highlights a different facet of my personality. I am specifically interested in the changing face of our streets over time and how those changes have affected local communities and the social history of an area.Please see my website for more information.