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Scenes From A 1970 Trip to London

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Was London grim in 1970? The city certainly wasn’t as shiny and thrusting as is it today. In 1970, Edward Heath became Prime Minister. The people backed his “quiet revolution” for change. It was needed. As Dominic Sandbrook writes, “As late as 1971, women were banned from going into Wimpy Bars [a chain of hamburger restaurants] on their own, after midnight, on the grounds that the only women out on their own at that hour must be prostitutes” and harass male diners.

In 1974, the country’s Foreign Secretary, Jim Callaghan, lamented: “Our place in the world is shrinking: our economic comparisons grow worse, long-term political influence depends on economic strength – and that is running out. If I were a young man, I should emigrate.”

In 1979 a woman became Prime Minister. 1970 London was at the start of a revolution.

 

London 1970 Westminster Abbey

London 1970 trafalgar square national gallery

London 1970 River Thames

London 1970 Piccadilly Circus

London 1970 West End

London 1970 River Thames

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London 1970 County Hall

London 1970 taxi

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London 1970 Parliament Burghers of Calais statue by Auguste Rodin

London 1970 Houses of Parliament

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London 1970 Houses of Parliament

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London 1970 Houses of Parliament

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London 1970s pigeons

London 1970s fashion mini skirt

London 1970 London Admiralty Arch 1970 London 1970

London 1970s statue

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Via Alex Rashbash

  • Dave McDougall

    Bit of colour correction and scratch reduction would brighten these up no end 🙂

  • Derek_Gunn

    Wonderful absence of advertising apart from Piccadilly Circus – which makes a virtue of it.

    • joseph powell

      I remember just up from Picadilly was this mall called the Trocadero; it had this candy store that played old 1950’s music, and a huge Sega arcade – it was awesome – last time I was there was ’92.