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Join us as we take a look at Piccadilly Circus, London at the height of the Swinging Sixties! Picadilly Circus underwent some major changes to modernize it for a changing world at this time, which destroyed a lot of what you see here. We also take a look at the underground life of Piccadilly to experience some rare sights that few people have ever seen....

Destination London – Five Movies Where London is the Star

Sometimes, the city in which a movie is set plays a role more important than that of the main characters and, over the years, many filmmakers have been drawn to the old school majesty of London. Here are a few films where London—a city of striking contrasts— makes an appearance. Indiscreet (1958) “How dare he make love to me and not be a married man!” So...

Swingin’ London Street Scenes
Written by Chris Alm in Roadtrip

Swingin’ London Street Scenes

Various photos, scans and stills from London in the mid 1960s, when the term “Swingin’ London” was in full effect. Love how even the rainiest, gloomy day in London can look beautiful back then....

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Twiggy, born Lesley Hornby, is without a doubt one of the biggest fashion icons to emerge from the 1960’s. Her thin frame and big blue eyes became the envy of fashionistas everywhere. The look of drawn on lashes (anything to make the eyes look bigger) and pale lips became a Twiggy staple as girls copied her look to fit in with Swinging London and everything...

Swinging London Comes Alive
Written by Chris Alm in Roadtrip

Swinging London Comes Alive

London, England, late 1960s. The height of the flower-power-free-love-lifestyle. Groovy colours, fashion, cars and happening parties. Welcome to Swinging London. For all of us who were born a few decades too late or anyone who wants to take a stroll down memory lane, here’s a sample of very neat color photographs of “Swinging London” from that period. Depicted are among others Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus,...

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Written by Chris Alm in Roadtrip

Swinging London 1960s Fashion

For many of us the 1960s was the fashion decade of the 20th century. Especially if you lived in London at the time, which was known as “Swinging London” – a definition made in April 1966 by British magazine Time. Most of us can only daydream what it was like during that era from what we have seen or heard in magazines, music or movies...

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Before Starbucks, Espresso House, Nero and other major coffeehouse chains invaded every city on the western hemisphere there were thousands of smaller coffee houses or coffee bars as they were referred to back then. London, England saw a major expansion of these quaint places in the early 1950s, right about the same time as the first Espresso machine was introduced there. The clip is taken...

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