This year sees The Midland celebrate its 80th anniversary having first opened its doors on 12th July 1933. Designed by Oliver Hill with interior decoration by Eric Gill the hotel has a rich heritage. The Midland has allegedly been a favourite haunt of celebrities such as Coco Chanel, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Noel Coward which only adds to its illustrious history and air of seaside glamour.
It is impossible to ascertain which exact piece of The Midland is the most celebrated or distinguishing, as The Midland offers so many unique, iconic art deco features worthy of admiration and we will all have our own favourites. As today marks its 80th anniversary I thought it would be a great idea to share with you some of my favourite features from The Midland, so you too can gain insight into this iconic art-deco beauty. Below are the first five, some of these you will recognise, many others you may not, but all of which I hope you will enjoy… (more…)
The Midland is often cited as being one of the most iconic buildings in Britain. And this year, to celebrate its 80th anniversary year the hotel will host a spectacular Vintage celebration.
During a golden period before the Second World War, The Midland, recognised widely as an art deco masterpiece, played host to luminaries and fashion icons such as Coco Chanel, Wallace Simpson, Laurence Olivier and Noel Coward, who enjoyed the panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District fells in the distance.
The Midland, Morecambe
Chatting with one of our regular guests, Pauleen MacDonald, and enjoying the view from The Midland on a perfectly clear, crisp winter’s morning over Morecambe Bay to the snow covered Lake District mountains in the background, it struck me that Pauleen’s enjoyment of The Midland had nothing to do with the spectacular view. Despite being born almost completely blind, Pauleen leads an active and independent life, traveling regularly from Leeds to Lancaster and Morecambe.
I asked why The Midland had become her regular ‘home from home’. (more…)