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An Art Deco Walking Tour in the Strand

July 16, 2015

I love London and have been living here for nearly 35 years. Yet I’m always surprised how little I know and how much more there is to learn about this great city. My regular readers will know that I thoroughly enjoy being a tourist in my own city.

I first found out about Yannick Pucci’s quirky London tours after connecting with him on Twitter. Back in November 2013 I booked onto his Art Deco walking tour in Bloomsbury which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a real eye opener to me that albeit spending most of my time in central London, I don’t always ‘see’ what’s around me. As a designer I know it’s all in the details and yet I miss so much of it when rushing around this city going about my business.

It will come as no surprise that I was excited when Yannick invited me to come on his new(ish) Art Deco walking tour in the Strand. This time, last Saturday, it was a glorious summer’s day. No umbrella or raining jacket in sight. Again, an area I’m most familiar with and yet I enjoyed learning about the buildings, architecture, art deco details and fascinating tidbits. Once again Yannick inspired me to take a better look.


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A rare appearance of Ms Colourliving.

We were a small group of curious folks who enjoyed being expertly led around the Strand. I really enjoyed the mix of iconic buildings together with some more hidden gems I had never seen before, all the while admiring the art deco signatures. Yannick is very happy to answer any questions and is eager for people to participate if they wish.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this 2 hour tour and came away knowing a little bit more about this great city I live in.

I’m not going to give away what the Strand tour entails, but for anyone who follows me on Instagram it’s no secret one of our stops was the fabulous and recently refurbished Savoy Hotel. I leave you with some images of this iconic place!

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The iconic Savoy Hotel front entrance.

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Rather beautiful detail of how to display plaques.

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The beautiful lobby as you walk in.

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Another part of the lobby.

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I just love all the paintings dotted around.

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A rather charming gallery wall within the lobby area.

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Beautiful wallpaper.

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The famous tea rooms.

I can’t recommend highly enough to join one of Yannick’s quirky walking tours. Do peruse his website and take a look at the other tours he offers. Here’s one for you foodies.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Parisbreakfast July 17, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Spectacular!
    And not pricy at all

    • Reply tina July 19, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      A real gem of a tour…. and really not pricey for what you get!

  • Reply Holly July 21, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Wow, that Savoy hotel is something else! The tea room!

    Quirky tours, and ones that are highly specific and unique in subject matter are definitely a most interesting way to get to know a city. Wish I had done more in Berlin.

    xoxo

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine July 26, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    oh my, next time I’m in London I would like to have tea in the Savoy! Gorgeous!

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