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London Old and New

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London Old and New

Part of Wonderful London, the BFI National Archive’s programme of restored London travelogues, filmed in the capital in the 1920s.

1924 10 mins

Overview

A tour by horse-drawn bus, narrated by the driver, contrasts new buildings under construction in London with the old, travelling from the City along Middle Temple Lane, passing Clifford's Inn, The Strand, Piccadilly, St. James's Palace, Kingsway, Lincoln's Inn, St. Sepulchre's church, the Old Bailey and Staple Inn.

Based on a successful magazine, the film series Wonderful London captures the life of the capital in the 1920s. These simple travelogues contrast different aspects of city life; East End and West End, poor and rich, natives and immigrants, looking beyond the stereotypes to show surprising views of the city. These six restorations by the BFI National Archive reintroduce the films' original colours, with new piano accompaniments by John Sweeney.