Quiet, Rebellious, Underground, Deserted
Three to watch out for – how many more volumes can there be on the world below London? Peter Ackroyd goes further back into the past and gives us his spin on the subject. There’s a decent countercultural history of London, but I still prefer Time Out’s old paperback of agitprop, which captures the time because it was produced then.
And why did no-one think of this before? A look at London’s best places for calmness and reflection – the parks have always been plentiful, but quiet is increasingly hard to come by since the city filled up with tourists.Old film footage (from the 80s!) shows London still half empty.
Check out Look At Life’s Piccadilly Circus below to see just how empty Piccadilly Circus was in the 60s – the short was meant to be pointing out what a crazy, bustling place it was!