Film: 8950

London | 1950 | Sound | Colour


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London travelogue from 1950s

Overhead view of traffic as it travels along Regent Street, towards Piccadilly Circus. Piccadilly, double decker buses, cars and black cabs. View of entrance to Burlington Arcade. Smartly dressed people walking along Bond Street. Elegantly dressed woman buys vegetables from a stall in Shepherd Market. Smart semi-residential streets of the West End of London. Two women dine alfresco at a café. Close up of the smartly dressed women drinking red wine. Formal gardens with people eating outside. Close up of lily pond before camera pans up to the front exterior of The Dorchester Hotel, with fountain in foreground. Woman walks up to the entrance of the Dorchester Hotel. Hotel's entrance as viewed from across the road. Close up of Peter Pan Statue in Kensington Gardens, camera zooms out to reveal a crowd of children around the statue. Couple rowing on the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Mother and child plus dogs walk alongside the lake. Families swimming in the Serpentine, lido area. A glamorous woman in a red bathing suit gets out of the water and picks up a towel. Alfresco dining beside the lake, a woman in green bathing suit joins another lady at a table. Man in suit riding horse in Hyde Park, followed by a lady on horseback. They canter through the park. A woman on horseback with 2 children riding ponies rides in the opposite direction. Two horses are ridden towards the camera before stopping. The open air theatre summer festival. People arriving at the festival, people sitting under a tree and on rows of chairs set up for the theatre. Close up of 2 ladies chatting in the audience. People seated on the grass. All rows of seats are full for the show. Festival notice advertising The Tempest and a Midsummer Night's Dream performances. Parade of Horse Guards cross the road in London. Policeman stops the traffic to allow them to cross. A mounted policeman rides across a pedestrian crossing and down the road, as double decker bus passes. The village of Chelsea in the 1950s. Antiques shops, close up of window display in an antiques shop. Department store, a taxi pulls up at kerb for doorman to open door. Three women beautifully dressed in saris walk along the pavement before stopping to look at the large department store window displays. Street of Victorian mews houses, woman emerges and gets into an open topped car. Camera follows the car as it drives into a residential street with much larger houses. A Chelsea cottage with picket fence, cat on fence and a baby in pram is on the sidewalk. Children play in a residential street. Woman with watering can tends to flowers in her front garden. Group of children walking along the street. Chelsea pensioners' hospital, man plays drum and pensioners in full uniform line up in parade ground. Close up of various mens’ faces, before they march indoors. Woman with easel paints beside the Thames, while a small boy feeds swans. Overhead view of part of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation procession as the Queen's carriage returns to Buckingham Palace in 1953. People clamber onto a statue for a better view and wave. Procession goes through the palace gates. Buckingham Palace, St James' Palace, Whitehall, crowds watch parade of Horse Guards. Nelson's Column, view from above of traffic on central London street, people beside the Thames, Royal Festival Hall, river traffic looking along the Thames, cranes working over the Thames.

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