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London's Sunday

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

1924 8 mins

Overview

This episode features some favourite Sunday activities of Londoners, including scenes at the Gaiety Theatre and a young couple riding a motorcycle. A romantic scene on London Bridge contrasts with the bustle of Petticoat Lane's Sunday market - a popular destination for the common folk - while the cream of High Society ride in Hyde Park.

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