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Capital City


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BTF Summary - "From the top of a bus London is spread out for all to see" ... a single Cinegazette, covering London’s landmarks, areas, activities and personalities.
BFI synopsis: Tower Bridge - open. A street market. Selfridges with buses outside. Speaker’s Corner at Hyde Park. The Houses of Parliament viewed from Lambeth Palace. Various views of London buildings, including the parks. A bridge over a lake, followed by a bridge over the Thames. The Round Pond in Kensignton Gardens. The docks area, a building site and children playing in the street. Aerial view of the City of London. Victoria bus station, buses travelling down Whitehall, people alighting and boarding a bus at a bus stop. Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column. St Paul’s Cathedral. An aerial view of the Tower of London. Kensington and Buckingham Palaces. Crowds at Horse Guards parade. The Bust of King Charles II. The Middle Temple. The statue of Dr. Johnson. Roman remains. The Serpentine near Curzon Street. Park Lane and the Tyburn Tree plaque. Marble Arch and the Police station in Hyde Park. The Thames at Wapping and the Woolwich ferry. St Leonard’s Church at Shoreditch. A West Indian produce shop. A statue in Grovesnor Street. Soho - cafe and shops, Warner Pictures building. Church Street and antique shop. A Chelsea Pensioner talking to a boy. A side street in Chelsea. Cheyne Walk and the Turner plaque. Crystal Palace and a pre-historic monster - for the Great Exhibition. The Albert Memorial and Kensington Gardens, followed by shots of sheep near Holborn. Smithfield Gateway, St Bartholemews, and Spitalfields. Thames as seen from Richmond Hill. Various buses seen in villages and the countryside. Night scenes of the West End. Piccadilly Circus at night and late at night when it is deserted. A street policeman on patrol. Dawn over the City, Buses leave Victoria station. Aerial view of Piccadilly Circus with buses.
Buildings and structures; Transport; Road transport; Scenery and travel
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British Transport Films website
London Transport Executive

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