Greater London House
The Carreras Building, or Greater London House as it’s now known, is an office building next to Mornington Crescent tube station in Camden Town, London, which was originally the Carreras Tobacco factory.
With an exterior inspired by the Egyptian temple of the cat-goddess Bubastis, the building was built on the crescent’s communal garden in 1926 to designs by M.E. & O.H. Collins and is one of the best known art deco buildings in London.
The factory was converted into offices in 1961 the Egyptian detailing – which included a solar disc to the Sun-god Ra, two gigantic cats flanking the entrance and colourful painted details – was lost, but it was restored in the late 1990s.
Greater London House now houses offices for the British Heart Foundation, Young & Rubicam advertising agency, ASOS, EMAP Communications, Wunderman, Radley + Co and others.