Here's What London Looked Like In 1971

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Here's What London Looked Like In 1971

Change was afoot in London in 1971.

Decimalisation had just come into force; unemployment reached a post-world war high of nearly 815,000; and the House of Commons voted in favour of joining the EEC.

In London, the first Pride parade took place ending with a demonstration in Trafalgar Square; the first Hard Rock Cafe opened in Hyde Park Corner; and Glenda Jackson won an Oscar for her role in Women in Love.

In 1971, Portobello Road and Carnaby Street were still the places to be. It also marked the end of the (highly congested) road for Covent Garden Market; the era of fruit and veg stalls by the Actor's Church was over, as the New Covent Garden market opened in Nine Elms.

Ringo Starr in October 1971 at the Command Studios, London
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Photographers crowd around a topless model posing on a car at the Racing Car Show in the Olympia
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Milkshakes at Hard Rock Cafe
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Arrival of the Apollo 15 astronauts at College Building, City University, 1971
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Notting Hil Carnivall, 1971
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Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin
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Portobello Road Market
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London's last steam powered underground train chuffs off into the history books
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Battersea Power Station, belching away
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Gerrard Street
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Irvine Sellar went on the build The Shard. Carnaby Street, 1971
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Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Bonetti in goal during his testimonial at the Oval cricket ground 1971
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Lovecraft Sex Shop, Tottenham Court Road
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Queen play at the Imperial College London
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Tower Bridge
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Carnaby Street
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Young onlooker during the Miss TV Times Beauty Contest finals, 1971
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Arsenal win the double, 1971
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Double-decker bus being unloaded in the docks, 1971
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England vs Malta at Wembley, 1971
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Henry Cooper face to face with his opponent Joe Bugner at the weigh in for the British Heavyweight title, 1971
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Britannia up by St Pancras clock tower looking to King's Cross, 1971
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The Good Mixer, before it was frequented by Amy Winehouse
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Police constables at Speakers' Corner
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The top end of Brick Lane c.1971
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Excellent mothering in Hyde Park
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Albert Embankment
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The first Pride march through London took place, ending with a rally in Trafalgar Square, 1971
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Alfred Hitchcock directing Frenzy in London, 1971
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Stamford Bridge - you can hardly recognise it.
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Trader Rosa at the old Covent Garden
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Kensington Market
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Powis Square graffiti
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Portobello Road
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Glenda Jackson at The Dorchester holding the Oscar she won for Best Actress in Women in Love, 1971
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Last Updated 07 February 2017