London on Film: 1927

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Ever wonder what London was like before the advent of Pret a Manger and the Gherkin? This color video from pioneer filmmaker Claude Friese-Greene, filmed in 1927, gives a unique first-person perspective of driving throughout the Big Smoke. The contrast of modern and antiquated technologies is stark, as bright red double-decker buses plastered with advertisements zoom past horse-drawn carts over London Bridge. Peering into pre-war London’s streets and landmarks from such a participant’s perspective makes us feel like we’re on our way to Downton Abbey.