Saturday, May 12, 2018
London 2018: Eltham Palace, Art Deco Fair
five minute introductory video about Eltham Palace and the Courtaulds. Formerly the bedroom of the “Venetian Suite”, the room is covered with elaborate 18th Century gilded paneling with a fake bookshelf and books painted onto some of the panels including a camouflaged door. By contrast, the en suite bathroom of this classically decorated room is instead decorated in 1930s style including green checkered Vitrolite tiles, a porcelain bathtub and even a bidet.
online floor plan of the palace that clearly showed the basement rooms as well as the stairway access to them. We were actually standing right next to the spot but did not see the stairs. I found some photos online detailing what we had missed, including the fresco depicting Mah-Jongg in the Billiards Room and what has been described as one of the must luxurious privately owned war bunkers in London. Apparently there was a larder, a stocked bar, sound system and beds for extended stays. The bunker was both bomb-proof and gas-proof. There was supposed to be a free audio guide to accompany you through the tour of Eltham Palace, but we were not offered one, possibly because everyone was busy with the fair. So it was too bad that we did not get to see all the rooms of the Palace, but this was such an amazing and unexpected experience that it quickly became the highlight of our London Off the Beaten Path tour and remained our favourite day, even upon reflection at the end of our three week tri.