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.

Hippodrome Theatre, 1961
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Frank Sinatra in London
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Yuri Gagarin, first man in space, enjoys a drink on a visit to London, July 1961
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Piccadilly Circus
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Kirov Ballet at first UK performance at the Royal Opera House, 1961
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Oxford Street Christmas lights
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Carnaby Street
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London nightlife, 1961
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The Hammersmith Flyover
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Shepherd Market
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Victoria station
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Smithfield Market
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Liberty department store
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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
London, 1961
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Brixton Market
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Hammersmith flyover under construction
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Covent Garden
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Covent Garden, 1961
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King's Road
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Paddington Green
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Construction of the BT Tower began in 1961 and was completed four years later
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Market trader
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Brick Lane, 1961
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1961 Daimler Dart police car
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Shepherd's Bush Market, 1961
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Tottenham team, 1961
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Parliament Square
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Wembley Stadium
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Piccadilly Circus
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Piccadilly Circus
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Last Updated 11 May 2017