Art Deco in Bloomsbury

Art Deco Architecture in Bohemian London.

‘[Yannick’s] ‘Art Deco in Bloomsbury’ walking tour  […] was entertaining, informative and fun.’ – @leighclothier

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From sprawling residential properties to London’s first skyscraper, Art Deco in Bloomsbury explores the rich architectural history of Bloomsbury while taking visitors along the area’s grand squares and secret corners.

Bloomsbury’s rich Art Deco heritage includes Charles Holden’s iconic Senate House, the former Daimler Car Hire garage and a reconverted petrol station. From sophisticated glamour to severe functionality, the aim of this walk is to make this architectural style roar again!

While I don’t want to give away all of the Art Deco secrets of this tour just yet, I can tell you that our route will also take us past a controversial Modernist icon, an Art Nouveau-style lodge as well as London’s first pedestrianized shopping street. These contrasting points will help us to highlight what came before and after the Deco movement.

Met with great enthusiasm from the public, this architectural walk had a smashing debut at the Bloomsbury Festival 2013 and it has been the subject of a Londonist Out Loud podcast radio interview with novelist and broadcaster N Quentin Woolf. In 2015, I have also been fortunate to lead the walk for the Friends of the Royal Academy of Arts (RA).

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All photos used on this page, except otherwise stated, were taken by Travelling Dave.


Reviews

For a little taster of the tour, let the following quotes and mentions entice you to join the walk some time soon. (Click on the titles of the features to be taken to the whole article.)

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Wooing the crowds during the Bloomsbury Festival 2013. (Credit: Emma Creese.)

‘When I heard that Yannick Pucci was running the first of his new Art Deco walking tours as part of the annual Bloomsbury Festival it went straight into the diary. […] This fabulous tour also covers other significant architectural sites in Bloomsbury in passing, so is highly recommended for all lovers of London’s architecture.’ – @londonphile

‘Yannick’s tour is a wonderful combination of factual information, along with interesting anecdotes about the people who built, worked in and/or lived in the various buildings along the route. I was impressed with how much I learned about the architecture of the area in just over 2 hours.’ – @randomlylondon

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A collage of Art Deco sights and ornaments seen on the tour. (Credit: Helen Cox.)

‘Though the tour is indisputably well-researched, carefully planned and informative, its most pleasing aspect is that the buildings on this tour are not the most-recognised examples of London Art Deco. Instead, Yannick has chosen to include buildings that would otherwise be overlooked and forgotten[.]’ – @helenography

‘Last weekend, I was very lucky to attend an Art Deco in Bloomsbury walking tour given by Yannick Pucci as part of the Bloomsbury Festival in London. The tour was superb and […] I am really enthusiastic about what we saw and how much we learned. […] Yannick was an excellent guide and I will definitely be joining him again.’  – @mandyist

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‘The wonderful thing about a good guided walk is the research put into it and even if you only come away with one or two new things it’s been worth it, in my opinion. Yannick Pucci puts a lot of work into his walks and I think I can say that everyone who was on the Art Deco Bloomsbury tour one blustery Saturday was well satisfied with the tidbits learned.’ – @quirkytravel

‘Yannick is an expat from Luxembourg but knows London inside and out. He is passionate about history and culture, architecture and food, but mostly he’s passionate about people and sharing London with them. […] Yannick is a favorite among London bloggers and now I know why. He is delightful in person.’ – @SelenaThePlaces

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‘Art Deco might bring to mind images of pastel buildings in sun drenched South Beach or NYC skyscrapers rising up into the clouds, but if you look up now and again here in dreary London, you might find some real gems as well. […] I’d seen several tweets and blog posts raving about Yannick’s tours, so I was dying to try one myself.’ – @passandbrush

‘I went on [Yannick’s] Art Deco walk around Bloomsbury in the pouring rain and it was entertaining, informative and fun.’ – @leighclothier

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‘My walking tour guide Yannick takes me to Art Deco buildings I’ve never noticed before. […] Any occasion to slow down and appreciate your city in a new light is a joyous one.  And Yannick’s tours are a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how we once lived and want to live now.’ – @isla_simpson


Tour Details

artdecobloomsburyThis tour is aimed at seasoned Londoners and tourists who are looking to explore Bloomsbury from an architectural perspective. An ideal gift for history buffs as well as fans of all things ‘Art Deco’, this walk can also be booked as a private tour for birthdays, weddings or any other special occasions.

The meeting point for this tour is by the fountain in the middle of Russell Square (see the map below). The closest transport link is Russell Square Tube Station (Piccadilly Line). Please note the water feature is turned off during the winter months. Lasting about two hours, the tour finishes in Store Street, close by Tottenham Court Road Tube Station (Central Line and Northern Line).

The tour costs £8 (regular) / £7 (students and seniors) per person and tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite. All pricings for private group tours are available upon request.


 Contact

If you have any further questions about the tours or if you would like to organise a private walk, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me either via my Contact Page or email me directly at: yannick.pucci@gmail.com. I will reply to you as quickly as possible.

You can also find me on Twitter and Instagram where I’m always up for a chat too.

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