Santa’s Lap: The London Collection, Six Classic London Films

Every day until Christmas we will be pointing you in the direction of a London Christmas gift that (with a bit of luck) you won’t already have on your list. Climb up onto our collective lap and we’ll see what we can move from our sack to your stockings…

A high-speed car chase through the bombed-out City. A mini-musical love story set in Belsize Park and Hampstead. James Mason creeping his surreal way around long-vanished London dwellings. Babs Windsor turning heads in Stepney. A post-war chase on the London Underground. Sleaze and striptease in Sixties Soho. Six reasons to buy The London Collection, a boxset of London movies from the 50s and 60s. 423 minutes of Londony goodness.

The line-up:

  • Pool of London (1952)
  • The Yellow Balloon (1953)
  • Sparrows Can’t Sing (1963)
  • The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)
  • The London Nobody Knows (1967)
  • Les Bicyclettes De Belsize

The box set can be bought from BFI Southbank for around £30, or cheaper on Amazon.

Incidentally, the pack shares its name with a little-known book Londonist put together back in our youth.

More Londony Christmas gift ideas are compiled here.

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  • http://twitter.com/leonora1 Jane Ennis

    I loved ‘Les Bicyclettes de Belsize’! (I used to live in Belsize Park! I prefer West Hampstead but that’s another story!) It’s based on Les Parapluies de Cherbourg….