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Eltham Palace, Greenwich

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Eltham Palace Greenwich London

From Henry VIII to Art Deco party house, Eltham Palace in Greenwich has a colourful history. After falling into decline after 1505, its fortunes were revived in 1933 when millionaires Stephen and Virginia Coulthard built their state-of-the-art, Art Deco home in the Palace grounds.  

Virginia Coulthard's Bathroom

A marvel of 20th Century design, the house featured a centralised vacuum cleaning system driven by a motor in the cellar, an integrated sound system with speakers playing radio or gramophone records into every room, cocktail bars, luxury heated bathrooms and an internal telephone exchange.

The Dining Room Eltham Palace

This was a home ahead of its time fit for entertaining socialites, politicians and royals. The Coulthards even put underfloor heating into the medieval hall!
 
With the outbreak of WWII, the Coulthards built a luxurious bunker that had a bar, sound system and billiard room, proving they liked a party, even during an air raid!
 
Now managed by English HeritageEltham Palace and its Art Deco wonders can be visited Sunday-Thursday all year round.

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