Title ID 4020Collection ID121
TitleDay Trip to London
Date[ca. 1966]
CollectionJohn Mitchell
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
KeywordsBoats Bridges Buildings Clothing Fairgrounds Leisure Time Activities Religious Buildings Royalty Tourism Urban Areas
RegionalGreater London London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionJohn P. Mitchell
CameraJohn P. Mitchell
FormatColour Silent
Duration9 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A well made amateur film of a sightseeing trip around London including a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and take a boat ride on the River Thames.


Setting out on the road, a title appears announcing 'St. Paul's' and we see the Cathedral with its dome in scaffold. From the top of St. Paul's a panoramic view across a cloudy London sky to London bridge. Two smartly dressed boys and a girl accompany the film-maker as they move from one tourist spot to another, on their sightseeing trip. The next title announces 'The Post Office Tower', again we see views from the top of the tower. Next we're taken to 'Trafalgar Square', a shot of Nelsons column and children feeding the pigeons and giggling. From Trafalgar square there is a shot down Whitehall to Big Ben before going to 'The Mall and Buckingham Palace'. The film-maker's three friends stride off down the Mall, taking pictures as they go and we see tulips in bloom outside the Palace, statues, and taxis in front of the building. The group then go on a water tour on the Thames up by the Embankment, again passing St. Paul's and coming to the Tower of London and London Bridge. Finally the group go to a fairground where they ride the 'Water Chute' and the film comes to an end.