Film: 5428

London | 1960 | Sound | Colour


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A view of London through the year 1960's

Horseguards, the coach of Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Charles waves from the coach. The State Opening of Parliament. Red Routemaster London buses on Park Lane. Number 73 bus. Horse-drawn carriage and coachman. Two police walk through autumn leaves in Berkely Square. Rolls Royce in shop window. Shops - specialist, an umbrella shop, man wearing bowler hat looks in window. Shop assistant demonstrates opening umbrella. Designers shop. Large model elephant, decorated in window. Close up of woman's booted feet on doormat. Couple shopping. Waterford Crystal glass. Woman inspects a piece of Crown Derby porcelain. Shop assistant polishes glasses.
Fountain, Kensington Gardens in Autumn. Fountain and rainbow. Amateur footballers in Hyde Park. Professional football at Highbury with the Arsenal. Close up of faces in the crowd.
The Queen's Gallery. The National Gallery, exterior and interior. People walk about. Paintings by Gainsborough, Turner, Rembrandt. Fenton house, Hampstead, National trust contains Benton-Fletcher collection of early keyboard. Instruments. Close up of hands playing harpsichord. Man plays flute.
Broom sweeps leaves in park. Wheelbarrow full of cuttings wheeled down slope. Smoking bonfire. Close up of a rose. Close up of a glass of rose wine being poured. Reading the menu in a smart restaurant. Carving a salmon. Sweet trolley. Couple talk in window seat high up overlooking River Thames. Waiter cooks with brandy at table.
Diesel trains at station. Euston tube station - passengers get on train. Underground map. Family get off at Oxford Circus. Palladium. Billboard for a pantomime - Jack and the Beanstalk with Jimmy Tarbuck and Arthur Askey. People queuing. Still of Askey. Royal Shakespeare Company at Aldwych Theatre in London's theatreland. Sadler's Wells Opera - night shots.
Christmas shopping at Marks and spencer - a very crowded store. Young woman in headscarf holds up frilly pink nightdress. Tailor's - 'suits made by hand in 48 hours' sign. Close up of tailor's scissors cutting cloth. Taking a roll of material from a shelf. Trying on suit with tailor's help. Night shots of December in Trafalgar Square. Salvation Army band. Children's choir. Harrod's at night. Buses. Window displays. Roasting chestnuts on a stall. Children with balloons. Hot dog stand.
Saloon bar of a public house. Piano playing and man singing 'My old man…' sing song. Drinking pints of beer. Keg, pouring a pint of beer. Bottle poured beer. Happy faces.
Morning - snow. Six joggers in red tracksuits. Children roll a snowman. Couple hug. Ducks walk on ice. Coot falls over. Landing. Daffodils. Albert Memorial.
The Post Office Tower, or G.P.O Tower. April and flowering cherry trees. Tulip beds. Rowing on a lake. Feeding pigeons. Blue plaques for Browning, Austen, Canaletto, Nightingale, Freud.
Street scenes of the King's Road in Chelsea. Open Air Art Exhibition. People drive along in open-topped cars. Horsedrawn flower sellers' cart in montpelier Walk SW7. Woman at door buys gladioli. Horses canter in park. Mother plays with baby. Council workers sit on lawnmowers. Children play on slides - one straight to camera. Royal Garden Hotel. Doormen, F-reg cars. Park Lane, Hyde Park. Wimbledon. Close up crowds walking by. Playing tennis. Crowds watch match - they move their heads from side to side. Strawberries and cream. Buckingham Palace. Guards' Band marching. Changing of the Guard. Crowds. Tower of London - crowds. Ravens. Tower Bridge - passenger boat goes underneath. Docks.
Lake and landscape of Kenwood House in Hampstead and Highgate. Deckchairs and crowds listening. Houses of Parliament from the river Thames. Big Ben. Pleasure boats. 'The Prefect'. Tug boats. Captain Scott's 'Discovery'. Wood barges. Monument. Port. Aerial views of river and port.

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