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In Photos: London In 1961

In Photos: London In 1961

In 1961, the Hammersmith flyover and what's now known as the BT Tower were both under construction. Meanwhile, Frank Sinatra and Yuri Gagarin both visited the city, and it was business as usual at the likes of Victoria station and Covent Garden.

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Shepherd Market
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Yuri Gagarin, first man in space, enjoys a drink on a visit to London, July 1961
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Oxford Street Christmas lights
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Kirov Ballet at first UK performance at the Royal Opera House, 1961
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Covent Garden, 1961
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On 2 March 1961 Elsie Batten, a 59 year old assistant in Louis Meier's antique shop at 23 Cecil Court, Covent Garden, was stabbed to death - her murderer, Edwin Bush, was identified and caught within days following the circulation of Identikit pictures - the first case to be solved in the UK using the Identikit System, a significant advance in crime detection. Source The East End
Frank Sinatra in London
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Brick Lane, 1961
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Construction of the iconic BT Tower began in 1961 and was completed four years later
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Hippodrome Theatre, 1961
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Hammersmith flyover under construction
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Smithfield Market
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London nightlife, 1961
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Liberty department store
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Victoria station
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Carnaby Street
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Piccadilly Circus
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Brixton Market
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King's Road
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Covent Garden
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Shepherd's Bush Market, 1961
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Parliament Square
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Piccadilly Circus
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Piccadilly Circus
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Last Updated 11 May 2017