In Search of Art Deco

On Saturday I joined a fascinating Art Deco London walking tour. Most of us can recognise the style, but what about the finer details?   Here are just a few of the highlights from Yannick's excellent walk in Bloomsbury...

coco chanel westminster lamppost

Why Is Coco Chanel On Every Westminster Lamppost?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The eagle-eyed among you may this symbol, featured on ever Westminster lamppost:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="38px"][vc_single_image image="57448" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_empty_space height="38px"][vc_column_text]It's basically a fancy 'W' the symbol of the Duke of Westminster. So far, so usual.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="38px"][vc_column_text] BUT on the other side...

The Window Cleaner

(Allan Sly, 1990) Sly is used to creating expressive sculptures, but this tongue-in-cheek one is a favourite of mine. Our anonymous window cleaner approaches a building, looking up in exasperation at the size of the skyscraper in front of him (especially when we consider he’s only...

Seven Things I Learned From #PepysShow

7 Things I Learned From #PepysShow

The National Maritime Museum’s exhibition; Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire and Revolution is a must-see for any London enthusiast. Here are seven things I learned from this remarkable show… 1. He was a social commentator at 15 Samuel Pepys, aged just 15, was in the audience at Whitehall on...