London (1926)

In 1926 Claude Friese-Greene shot some of the first-ever colour film footage around London, capturing everyday life.

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London (1926)

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In 1926 Claude Friese-Greene shot some of the first-ever colour film footage around London, capturing everyday life.

Friese-Greene’s technique - innovated by his father and called Biocolour - captures London in striking detail, as if putting the whole city in a time capsule. The people pass before us like ghosts.

Biocolour produced the illusion of true colour by exposing each alternate frame of ordinary black-and-white film stock through a two different coloured filters. Each alternate frame of the monochrome print was then stained red or green. Although the projection of Biocolour prints did provide a tolerable illusion of true colour, it suffered from noticeable flickering and red-and-green fringing when the subject was in rapid motion. In an attempt to overcome the colour fringing problem, a faster-than-usual frame rate was used.

Claude, born Claude Harrison Greene was the son of colour film pioneer, William Friese-Greene.

After William’s death in 1921, Claude Friese-Greene continued to develop the Biocolour system during the 1920s and renamed the process Friese-Greene Natural Colour. Claude was cinematographer on more than 60 films from 1923 to 1943.

The British Film Institute used computer enhancement to reduce the flickering effect of the original Biocolour and bring us this striking rare film which transports us back through time.

Note: Original Vimeo video stated the date as 1927 but footage dates from 1926.


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London (1926)

London (1926)
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London (1926) In 1926 Claude Friese-Greene shot some of the first-ever colour film footage around London, capturing everyday life.
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St James Garlickhythe James Garlickhythe is a Church of England parish church in Vintry ward of the City of London, nicknamed "˜Wren’s lantern" owing to its profusion of windows.
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20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 20 Fenchurch Street is a commercial skyscraper in the City of London.
Abchurch Lane, EC4N Abchurch Lane was first mentioned as Abbechurche Lane in 1291.
Abchurch Yard, EC4N First mentioned in 1732, Abchurch Yard was built on the St Mary Abchurch churchyard.
Adelaide House, EC3R Adelaide House is a Grade II listed Art Deco office building in the City of London.
Allhallows Lane, EC4R Allhallows Lane is named after the churches of All-Hallows-the-Great and Less.
Anchor Terrace, SE1 The streetscape of Anchor Terrace largely involves small late 18th century residential properties
Angel Lane, EC4R A street within the EC4R postcode
Arthur Street, EC4R Arthur Street is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Bank End, SE1 Bank End is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Bankside, SE1 Bankside is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Basing Lane, EC4M Basing Lane ran west from Bow Lane to Bread Street.
Battle Bridge Lane, SE1 Battle Bridge Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Bedale Street, SE1 Bedale Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Beer Lane, EC3R Beer Lane ran from the east end of Great Tower Street to Lower Thames Street.
Bell Inn Yard, EC3V Bell Inn Yard is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Bell Wharf Lane, EC4R Bell Wharf Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Billiter Square, EC3M Billiter Square is one of the streets of London in the EC3M postal area.
Borough Market, SE1 Borough Market is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Botolph Alley, EC3R Botolph Alley is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Botolph Lane, EC3R Botolph Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Budge Row, EC4N Budge Row lies off the north side of Cannon Street, about 80 yards west of the main line station.
Bulls Head Passage, EC3M Bulls Head Passage is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Bush Lane, EC4R Bush Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Cannon Bridge, EC4R Cannon Bridge is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Cannon Street, EC4N Cannon Street runs nearly parallel with the River Thames, about 250 metres north of it, in the south of the City of London.
Cannon Street, EC4R Cannon Street follows the route of a riverside path that ran along the Thames.
Cathedral Street, SE1 Cathedral Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Centennium House, EC3R A block within the EC3R postcode
Clements Lane, EC4N Clements Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4N postal area.
Clink Street, SE1 Clink Street is best known as the historic location of the Clink Prison.
Clink Wharf, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Cloak Lane, EC4N Cloak Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Clothworkers Hall, EC3M Clothworkers Hall is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
College Hill, EC4R College Hill is named after Sir Richard Whittington’s college, set up here in the early 1400s.
College Street, EC4R College Street is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Cottons Centre, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Cottons Lane, SE1 Cottons Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Counter Street, SE1 Counter Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Cousin Lane, EC4R Cousin Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Cullum Street, EC3M Cullum Street is one of the streets of London in the EC3M postal area.
Custom House Walkway, EC3R Custom House Walkway is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Dark Horse Walk, EC3R Dark Horse Walk is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Dowgate Hill, EC4R Dowgate Hill is a continuation of Walbrook along the west side of Cannon Street Station, leading to Dowgate Dock.
Duke St Hill, SE1 Duke St Hill is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Duke Street Hill, SE1 Duke Street Hill is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Dunster Court, EC3R Dunster Court is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
East Building 1, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Eastcheap, EC3M A street within the EC3M postcode
Eastcheap, EC3R Eastcheap is the western continuation of Great Tower Street towards the Monument junction.
English Grounds, SE1 English Grounds is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Fenchurch Avenue, EC3A Fenchurch Avenue is one of the streets of London in the EC3M postal area.
Fenchurch Avenue, EC3M Fenchurch Avenue is a location in London.
Fenchurch Mews, EC3M A street within the EC3M postcode
Fenchurch Street, EC3M Fenchurch Street is one of the streets of London in the EC3M postal area.
Fish St Hill, EC3M Fish St Hill is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Fish Street Hill, EC3M Fish Street Hill is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Frazer House 32-38 Leman Street, EC3R A block within the EC3R postcode
French Ordinary Court, EC3M French Ordinary Court is one of the streets of London in the EC3M postal area.
Garlick Hill, EC4N Garlick Hill is one of the streets of London in the EC4V postal area.
Gatehouse Square, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
George Yard, EC3V George Yard is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Gloucester Court, EC3R Gloucester Court is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Gracechurch Street, EC3V Gracechurch Street is in the heart of Roman Londinium - it runs directly over the site of the basilica and forum.
Grant’s Quay Wharf, EC3R Grant?s Quay Wharf is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Great St Thomas Apostle, EC4R Great St Thomas A postle is one of the streets of London in the EC4V postal area.
Great St Thomas, EC4R Great St Thomas is one of the streets of London in the EC4V postal area.
Great Tower Street, EC3R Great Tower Street, originally known just as Tower Street, forms an eastern continuation of Eastcheap.
Hanseatic Walk, EC4R Hanseatic Walk is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Hanseatic Walk, EC4R Hanseatic Walk is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Harp Lane, EC3R Harp Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Hart Street, EC3R Hart Street is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Hay’s Lane, SE1 This is a street in the SE1 postcode area
Hays Galleria, SE1 Hays Galleria is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Hays Lane, SE1 Hays Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Horseshoe Wharf Apartments 6a, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Horseshoe Wharf Apartments, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Idol Lane, EC3R Idol Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Joiner Street, SE1 Joiner Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Junction Approach, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
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Lime Street, EC3M Lime Street is one of the streets of London in the EC3M postal area.
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Lovat Lane, EC3R Lovat Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Lower Thames Road, EC3R Lower Thames Road is a location in London.
Lower Thames Street, EC3R Lower Thames Street is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Maiden Lane, SE1 Maiden Lane is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Mark Lane, EC3R Mark Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Martin Lane, EC4N Martin Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Mincing Lane, EC3R Mincing Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Minster Court, EC3R Minster Court is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Minster Pavement, EC3R Minster Pavement is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Montague Close, SE1 Montague Close is a street close to London Bridge.
Montague Close, SE1 Montague Close is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Monument Street, EC3R Monument Street is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
More London Place, SE1 More London Place is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Morgans Lane, SE1 Morgans Lane is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Munster Court, EC3R Munster Court is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Nicholas Lane, EC3V Nicholas Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3V postal area.
Nicholas Lane, EC4N Nicholas Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4N postal area.
Old Billingsgate Walk, EC3R Old Billingsgate Walk is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Oystergate Walk, EC4R Oystergate Walk is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Oystergate Walk, SE1 Oystergate Walk is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Park Street, SE1 Park Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Perkins Square, SE1 Perkins Square is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Philpot Lane, EC3M Philpot Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3M postal area.
Plantain Gardens, EC3M A street within the EC3V postcode
Plantain Gardens, EC3M A street within the EC3V postcode
Plantation Lane, EC3M Plantation Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Plantation Place, EC3R Plantation Place takes its name from a previous Plantation House, once the recognised centre of the tea trade.
Plough Court, EC3V Plough Court was named for the Plough tavern which stood here.
Porter Street, SE1 Porter Street is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Providian House, EC3R A block within the EC3R postcode
Pudding Lane, EC3R Pudding Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Queen St Place, EC4R Queen St Place is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Queen Street Place, EC4R Queen Street Place is a location in London.
Queen Street, EC4R Queen Street is a street in the City of London which runs between Upper Thames Street and Cheapside.
Queenhithe, EC4V Queenhithe is a small and ancient ward of the City of London, situated by the River Thames and a minor street.
Railway Approach, SE1 Railway Approach is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Rochester Walk, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Rood Lane, EC3M Rood Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3M postal area.
Rose Alley, SE1 Rose Alley is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Saint Dunstan’s Hill, EC3R Saint Dunstan?s Hill is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Shard Arcade, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Ship Tavern Passage, EC3M Ship Tavern Passage is a City of London alleyway.
Sky Garden Walk, EC3M Sky Garden Walk is a location in London.
Sky Garden, EC3M Sky Garden is a location in London.
Soho Wharf, SE1 Soho Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Southwark Bridge, SE1 This is a street in the EC4R postcode area
St Dunstans Hill, EC3R St Dunstans Hill is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
St Georges Lane, EC3R St Georges Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
St Margaret Pattens Church, EC3M St Margaret Pattens Church is one of the streets of London in the EC3M postal area.
St Mary At Hill, EC3R St Mary At Hill is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
St Swithin’s Lane, EC4N St Swithin’s Lane runs from King William Street to Cannon Street.
Stoney Street, SE1 Stoney Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Suffolk Lane, EC4R Suffolk Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Sugar Quay Walk, EC3N Sugar Quay Walk is part of the Thames Path near to the Tower of London.
Swan Lane, EC4R Swan Lane is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Talbot Court, EC3V Talbot Court was next to the Talbot Inn until the Great Fire of London.
The Hop Exchange, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
The Terrace, SE1 The Terrace is a road in the SE1 postcode area
Thrale Street, SE1 Thrale Street is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Three Cranes Wharf, EC4R Three Cranes Wharf is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Three Crown Square Borough Market, SE1 Three Crown Square Borough Market is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Tower Place East, EC3R A street within the EC3R postcode
Tower Place West, EC3R Tower Place West is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Tower Place, EC3R Tower Place is one of the streets of London in the EC3R postal area.
Two London Bridge, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Upper Thames Street, EC4R Upper Thames Street is one of the streets of London in the EC4R postal area.
Vestry House, EC4R Residential block
Victor Wharf, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Winchester Square, SE1 Winchester Square is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Winchester Walk, SE1 Winchester Walk is one of the streets of London in the SE1 postal area.
Winchester Walk, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode
Winchester Wharf, SE1 A street within the SE1 postcode


City of London

The City of London constituted most of London from its settlement by the Romans in the 1st century AD to the Middle Ages, but the conurbation has since grown far beyond its borders.

As the City's boundaries have remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages, it is now only a tiny part of the metropolis of Greater London, though it remains a notable part of central London. It holds city status in its own right and is also a separate ceremonial county.

It is widely referred to as 'The City' (often written on maps as City and differentiated from the phrase 'the city of London') or 'the Square Mile' as it is 1.12 square miles in area. These terms are also often used as metonyms for the United Kingdom's financial services industry, which continues a notable history of being largely based in the City.

The local authority for the City, the City of London Corporation, is unique in the UK and has some unusual responsibilities for a local council, such as being the police authority. It also has responsibilities and ownerships beyond the City's boundaries. The Corporation is headed by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, an office separate from (and much older than) the Mayor of London.

The City is a major business and financial centre, ranking as the world's leading centre of global finance. Throughout the 19th century, the City was the world's primary business centre, and continues to be a major meeting point for businesses.

The City had a resident population of about 7000 in 2011 but over 300,000 people commute to it and work there, mainly in the financial services sector. The legal profession forms a major component of the northern and western sides of the City - especially in the Temple and Chancery Lane areas where the Inns of Court are located, of which two—Inner Temple and Middle Temple - fall within the City of London boundary.


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Hopton Street, Borough, 1977.
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"Cheapside and Bow Church" engraved by W. Albutt, 1837 steel engraved print after a picture by T.H. Shepherd, first published in The History of London: Illustrated by Views in London and Westminster.
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Georg Giese from Danzig, 34-year-old German merchant at the Steelyard, painted in London by Hans Holbein in 1532
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Walbrook Wharf is an operating freight wharf located in the City of London adjacent to Cannon Street station.
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The ’Walkie-Talkie’ (20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London), photographed in 2015. Shortly before completion, the angled windows set fire to a couple of vehicles when they focused the rays of the sun downwards into nearby streets. This quirk had to be fixed.
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Adelaide House from above
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The shoemaker was a 1907 London comedy drama, a play "full of tears and laughter."
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At the south end of Philpot Lane, at its junction with Eastcheap in the City, is 23 Eastcheap, built between 1861 and 1862, as offices and warehousing for the spice-merchants Messrs.’ Hunt and Crombie. A curious feature adorns its facade - a carving of two brown mice, each of which is engaged in a struggle to wrest a large chunk of cheese from the jaws of the other.
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Lombard Court EC3
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Coffee house sign
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Tabard Inn, Southwark
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