Video of the day: London in 1926


The British Film Institute has released this incredible colour footage of London in 1926.

The skyline is almost unrecognisable without The Shard and The Gherkin. Who'd have thought that the streets of Pall Mall were ever that empty or that bicycles, open top buses and a handful of cars would vie for space with horse and carts in central London.

This early colour footage of London was filmed by pioneer filmmaker Claude Friese-Greene for his cross-country travelogue The Open Road.

This incredible footage, cut with vintage captions and set to music is indescribably moving to londoners and non-city dwellers alike. A window to a lost world? A nostalgic nod to progress or a precious piece of history, this video is one to be treasured and shared so share it now.

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