About the film archive
Learn about the history behind our documentary film archive from the 1940s.
Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Leicester Square and Soho during wartime.
The centre of the world
'Piccadilly Circus, in peace or war, is the hub of the world. Today, the crowd is as large as ever; many men and women are in uniform. In Piccadilly there are bomb scars; the brilliant lights and neon signs have disappeared. Shots include several famous streets, clubs and restaurants, the Piccadilly tube, Leicester Square, and cosmopolitan Soho.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-1943)
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