Beautiful Examples Of Art Deco In London

Okay so it’s not always about Du Cane Court. If you love DCC it’s likely you have a liking for other Art Deco gems around the world. Here are some great shots of Art Deco London.

Bloomsbury in London

Senate House in Bloomsbury London’s first sky scraper.

London N1

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Hamilton Court in Maida Vale

Gillette Corner now more know for Sky and Tesco…

Marsham Court

Another in Bloomsbury, now a Byron burger restaurant on Store Street

Coram Street imposing art deco edifice.

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Fitzrovia on New Cavendish Street often missed because of the pub beneath.

North of Fitzrovia near The Regents Park is the Melià White House Hotel

Even Leicester Square has some hidden gems

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The Most Beautiful McDonald’s in the World is in Australia

The Most Beautiful McDonald’s in the World is in Australia

This Art Deco Gem is now a McDonald’s and is in Clifton Hill, Melbourne, Australia and “We’re Lovin’ It’


The McDonald’s restaurant in Clifton Hill, Melbourne is quite possibly the most beautiful McDonald’s in the world. I’m not sure but perhaps we should have a poll? It’s certainly better than the Maccas on Balham High Road within walking distance of Du Cane Court anyway!

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Even at night it looks amazing although a little garish with the McDonalds signage.

McDonalds, Clifton Hill

It has bands of different coloured bricks providing art deco style decoration on the ground floor. Check out some of these amazing pictures detailing the central stepped fin and curved wings with deep rounded balconies almost like Miami Beach and South Beach architecture of the time (which makes sense when you consider the climate). The windows overlooking the balconies are also curved.

McDonalds, Clifton Hill

Originally the building was quite fittingly for this website, the United Kingdom Hotel, located at 199 Queens Parade and designed by James Hastie Wardrop and constructed between 1937 and 1938.

Clifton Hill McDonalds

It’s even approved by the Hufffington Post who call it one of the coolest McDonalds in their list!

Read more and check out their pictures of other cool McDonalds at Huffington Post.

McDonalds - Clifton Hill





Don’t live in Beautiful Art Deco Du Cane Court but want to see inside?

The wonders of technology and social media mean many of the residents of Du Cane Court have shared pictures of the inside of this stunning 1930’s building on Balham High Road in South London.

From the wonders of the balustrades to the original art deco features.

Even the utilitarian stairwells have some lovely touches and flourishes.

And why do so many people want to live here? Well, the views and sunsets are unrivalled in south London.

This ladies, gentlemen and those not defined by gender is why so many people want to live in this amazing art deco block of flats in south London.



🍽️ A Glimpse into History: The Original Du Cane Court Restaurant 🍽️

Du Cane Court Menu – from when they had an amazing dining room

Nestled within the iconic Du Cane Court building in Balham, London, the original Du Cane Court restaurant holds a special place in the history and culinary heritage of the area. With its elegant atmosphere, delectable cuisine, and warm hospitality, the restaurant became a beloved gathering spot for residents and visitors alike.

The original Du Cane Court restaurant opened its doors in the early 1930s, during the height of the Art Deco era. As the building itself boasted the grandeur and sophistication of Art Deco design, the restaurant effortlessly captured the essence of this architectural style. Its interior featured sleek lines, glamorous furnishings, and meticulous attention to detail, creating a dining experience that was both luxurious and enchanting.

The restaurant quickly became a popular destination for those seeking fine dining in Balham. It offered an extensive menu featuring a blend of British and international cuisine, prepared with the finest ingredients and presented with artistic flair. From classic dishes to culinary creations inspired by global flavors, the menu catered to diverse palates, ensuring that every guest could find a dish to delight their taste buds.

Beyond the exquisite cuisine, the original Du Cane Court restaurant was renowned for its warm and attentive service. The staff, known for their professionalism and genuine hospitality, made every diner feel like a cherished guest. Whether it was a special occasion, a casual meal, or a leisurely gathering with friends, the restaurant provided a welcoming and memorable experience.

Over the years, the original Du Cane Court restaurant became an integral part of the vibrant community in Balham. It was a place where residents celebrated milestones, created lasting memories, and enjoyed the company of friends and loved ones. The restaurant’s ambiance, culinary expertise, and commitment to excellence made it a treasured establishment that held a special place in the hearts of many.

While the original Du Cane Court restaurant is no longer in operation, its legacy lives on in the hearts of those who experienced its charm and culinary delights. Today, the building itself stands as a testament to the era’s elegance, with its architectural splendour captivating all who pass by.

As we reflect on the original Du Cane Court restaurant, let us cherish the memories it created and the significant role it played in the community’s history. It serves as a reminder of the power of exceptional cuisine, warm hospitality, and the lasting impact a beloved restaurant can have on a neighbourhood.

So, the next time you walk past Du Cane Court in Balham, take a moment to appreciate the rich history and culinary heritage that once graced its doors. The original Du Cane Court restaurant may be a cherished memory, but its spirit lives on in the vibrant tapestry of Balham’s culinary scene. Bon appétit! 🍴✨

Du Cane Court paved the way for today’s build to rent

The recent wave of build to rent schemes, which boast modern interiors and luxury facilities, have hit the headlines as being innovative new developments.
specification with interiors ahead of their time. Every apartment boasted its very own electric clock and radio and a resident manager lived on the premises in order to attend to the needs of residents. Rather exclusively every floor had its own private phone booth (quite the calling of its time) and residents could draw on the luxury of extended apartment services at only
an hour’s notice. Services incorporated hotel-style cleaning, linen change, concierge, butler errands and shoe shine. Residents also enjoyed exclusive access to the top floor restaurant and bar enjoying 360-degree views of London and a private Du Cane Court Members’ Club with extensive facilities.
However, it may come as a surprise to some that build to rent schemes were first pioneered decades ago. Mansion blocks like Du Cane Court in Balham were developed in the 1930s in response to the demand for decent quality, fit for purpose rental accommodation. Built in 1937 in the iconic Art Deco style that was flourishing at the time, and completed in just one year, Du Cane Court is one of the first build to rent schemes of its kind and has become a local landmark in itself, even featuring in an episode of the popular television series, Poirot.
Du Cane Court comprises 676 one, two, three and four bedroom apartments and is the largest private block in Europe under one roof. It is one of the few Art Deco developments in London to retain a 24-hour concierge. Housing around 1,300 people and with a strong community feel, it is one of London’s first build to rent success stories.
Read the full article in the Allsop Magazine

Exploring Balham’s Hidden Gems: From Post Office to Cinemas, Discover the Unique Stops on This Fascinating Walk

London Postcode Walks apparently inspired by “the Ladies who Bus” who have travelled London one bus route at a time, and building on the work they have done to become a walking tour guide, this blog is about walking London one postcode at a time. There are over 100 London postcode districts so that should keep me busy!
This phrase “Balham: Gateway to the South” is always associated with Peter Sellers but he did not write it or originally perform the sketch of that name. It was written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden for a 1950s BBC radio series called Third Division with actor Robert Beatty extolling the wonders of ‘Bal-ham’. It was only later more famously performed by Peter Sellers in a parody of an American newsreel travelogue host. This was subsequently released on the 1958 record “The Best of Sellers” and that is what everyone knows. Here is a link to that famous recording in case you want to remind yourself or indeed in case you have never heard it in full: (may need to be reloaded but should work if you do that)

Details of the walking route below.

Start at Balham Post Office which is 92a Balham High Road.

Stop 1: Balham Post Office

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To learn more about the other stops before you end at Stop 11: Majestic Wine (facade of former Odeon Cinema)