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Art Deco Arsenal – a walking tour in North London

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Arsenal

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N5 1LP

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On this walk we'll look at some marvellous buildings that went up in this pocket of North London during the 1920s and 1930s – a design period known as Art Deco.

This new style was modernist, futurist, clean and stylised. Art Deco was motivational, pointing to a positive bright future – a complete change from what was seen as the fussiness of the Victorian and Edwardian periods with their over-embellishments, swirls and flourishes.

Art Deco with its clean geometric lines makes a bold and direct statement. It's often said that it looks expensive and that's because it was expensive. Only the best quality materials were used – silver, onyx and jade for jewellery; walnut, leather and chrome for furniture; fine-glazed tiles and hand carved reliefs on buildings. Many items were designed to resemble transport such ocean liners and aircraft in an aspirational bid to imply speed and moving forward; looking to a bright future. Stylised artwork was all the rage depicting slim elegant women with equally slim dogs. It was a kind of "understated showing-off"!

There are some excellent examples of Art Deco architecture in the London postal districts of N4 and N5. On this tour you'll see the style implemented on places of entertainment, commerce, business, health and sport. You'll see a cross-section, both impressive statement pieces and in its later utilitarian subdued form. Along the you'll also see where I got the inspiration for the design of the header for this event listing.

The walk lasts 90 minutes and finishes close to Finsbury Park tube station

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Art Deco began in France as Arts Décoratifs just before 1910 yet it wasn't until the mid-1920s that it had really taken hold, as it were. Soon major cities such as London, Paris, New York, Chicago, Miami were constructing bigger and better examples of this type and very quickly the clean style had spread right around the globe and, for instance, was being implemented in whole districts of New Zealand.

In London we have many impressive buildings in the Art Deco style – think The Adelphi off The Strand, The Carreras factory in Camden, Senate House near Russell Square, department stores such Barkers of Kensington, tube stations such as Arnos Grove and Turnpike Lane, and many beautiful cinemas and theatres too many to list here.

See also my Art Deco Holloway walking tour

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Please note that online sales end one hour before the tour commences.
For last-minute bookings please call me on 07941 475003 to see if spaces are available.

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My other walks include:
• Art Deco Holloway
• The Oxford Street of The North (Holloway in the late Victorian and Edwardian period)
• Ghostsigns of Holloway (hand-painted ads and old shop signs)
• Pubs and Taverns of Holloway Rd (short and long tours available)
• Green and Pleasant Islington (southern end of Holloway Rd)
• The Only Way Is Essex Road (historical innovations and highlights)
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FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There is no minimum age.
Children under 6 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.

Where exactly does this tour start?

Details of the meeting point will be on your ticket.


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?

In cases of illness or unforseen circumstances involving no-shows I will be happy to transfer your booking to another walk on another date. However, 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 me and let me know the name of the person who will be taking your place.

Is this tour suitable for wheelchairs?

The walk will be mostly on standard shopping pavements and as such 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.com
Mobile: +44(0)7941 475003

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