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London attractions: Choose between Art Deco and medieval at Eltham Palace

Published: Friday 17th of August 2012

Eltham Palace is one of many great London attractions in the capital, and the magnificent building has two distinct histories - one from the medieval days of Henry VIII and another from the decadent era of Art Deco.

With this in mind, visitors can choose been an Art Deco tour and a Medieval one, which highlight various parts of the building and its surrounds.

Since it was originally built way back in the 1300s, Eltham Palace has been intertwined with the history of the royal family, being a significant residence of kings and queens for years, and playing home to a young Henry VIII.

However, after being bought by the wealthy Courtauld family in the 1930s, much of it was converted in the fabulous Art Deco style of the era.

Visitors can therefore opt for a Medieval tour, in which an expert guide will take them round the remains of the Royal Medieval Palace at Eltham, exploring the ruins in the grounds and looking at the history of the palace from 1066 through to the Restoration.

Alternatively, architecture fans may want to opt for an Art Deco tour, viewing the stunning house and its luxurious interiors and furnishings. As well as learning more about the style, people on this tour will find out more about the mysterious Stephen and Virginia Courtauld who built the house.

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Posted by Samantha Reed

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