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Piccadilly Roundabout

About the film

Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Leicester Square, and Soho during wartime.


Release year
Richard Massingham
Production company
Everyman Films
Lewis Grant Wallace
Richard Massingham, Henry de Rochefort
Alex Strasser
Running time (minutes)
11 mins 33 secs
Paul Merton

Original Description

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)


  • At 09:35 the narrator states ‘these are the lights of London now’, seemingly in reference to the 1939 TIDA film ‘Lights O’ London’ which introductory shots are almost identical to those preceding the narrator’s comment.
  • The date of the newspapers on the newspaper stand is the 12th February 1943.