This tour of London’s Soho is a fascinating insight into how we lived 60 years ago
This is a nostalgic treat for anyone of a certain age, a video of a drive around Soho made in 1959.
It’s a fascinating ride, both for what has changed in the 60 years since – and what hasn’t.
A drive around London's West End in 1959 pic.twitter.com/fMHyjodnRC
— Flashbak.com (@aflashbak) April 25, 2019
And here are a few of the things people were saying about it.
Right into Old Compton Wimpy Bar in 1959!! (Where Ed’s Easy was) right into Frith,?Ronnie’s?, round dug-up Soho Sq (nothing new there!) & back down Greek-Gay Hussar & Pillars of Hercules (maybe a pub then?) Milk float suggests early morning, maybewhy lack of people? Luv the cars
— RockFotosJT (@RockFotosJT) April 26, 2019
And the road works are still there!
— Tommy Trinder (@trindertommy) April 25, 2019
Greek St – Old Compton – Frith St – around Soho Sq and back to Greek St. Lovely!
— FC van Aerssen (@AerssenC) April 25, 2019
Imagine how long it would take to do that drive now. That was quick.
— Derek H (@hderek485) April 26, 2019
it’s amazing how much feels the same
— k8 (@katgleason) April 27, 2019
Oh my Lord, you can smell the coalsmoke and the pipesmoke, the petrol and the oil, the boiled clothes and the disinfectant, the damp wood and the wet fish, the tripe and onions, the body odour and last night's ale and the port and lemon OK just me then. 🕺🏻 https://t.co/7zxuYiIUXb
— Ian Martin (@IanMartin) April 30, 2019
Hardly any people out on the streets. Kind of spooky.
— BJW Nashe (@BJWNashe) April 25, 2019
all those cars, but only one question ‘Do you drive a Ford or an Austin?’
— Peter Curran (@curranradio) April 30, 2019
Wow. I notice there’s a Wimpy Bar on Old Compton St. where Ed’s Easy Diner used to be before they recently replaced it with a Slim Chickens.
Like the place is a spiritual home for fast food.
— Ria Grix (@riaillustration) April 28, 2019
Wow. A drive through Soho, 1959. pic.twitter.com/5trAOP7mDs
— IanSanders (@IanSanders) April 27, 2019
And if you’d like to see lots more of something similar.
If you like this check out 'Sunshine in Soho' its a free half hour Doc on Soho from 1956 it features the Soho Summer Fete and Waiters' Race which still happens every July – great fun! https://t.co/0JGW4Xv92R
— Ian Brumpton (@IanBrumpton) April 30, 2019