8 October 2020 @ 6:00 pm

Virtual Tour – 1966: The Year of Swinging London

A Virtual Tour, via zoom, on swinging 60s London, through parts of Soho and Mayfair.

It was 1966 and London was exploding with new, young, cutting edge movements in music, fashion, film and photography. America’s Time magazine called London “the swinging city”! And of course England’s football team won the world cup.

Richard’s Virtual Tour visits the rock hang outs, clubs, fashion shops and galleries of Soho and Mayfair. The tour is partly to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix who took the town by storm on his arrival in 1966 with his revolutionary guitar playing. We also explore the homelessness and poverty in a still largely bombed out city, the protests against American action in Vietnam and gangster crime – perhaps the darker side to the “Swinging” label, but all part of the picture.

Check out my accompanying tour on Tuesday 6th October: “Return of the King: London in the 1660s”… we are going from the 1660s to the 1960s.

Event details





Richard Watkins, richard.watkins1@footprintsoflondon.com; 07985 983 204



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