After 50 years, the cool ‘Swinging London’ remains the symbol of a period blessed by optimism, ‘joie de vivre’, creativity, innovation and a strong will to break up with the established rules that led to a proper cultural revolution. I can’t imagine a decade over the last Century that left such a strong mark. Exploring London and living again the mythical ‘60s and their evergreen icons is both fascinating and funny. How can you do that? Here are 3 nice ways to jump back in the past: 1. Take a ‘retro tour’ in original 1960’s Mini Coopers, a fun and original way to visit London. There’s something ‘swinging’ in smallcarBIGCITY story, founded in December 2008 by three young and ambitious graduates with a great idea: launching a new way to experience London. At smallcarBIGCITY you can choose between 6 mini-tours of various durations or even hire a Mini Cooper for a half or full day. One of the favorite tours is the one named ’The Italian Job’, where the peaked caps, gold bars and boiler suits make you feel like Michael Caine. The driver is also a guide, giving insights on the main London attractions and entertaining you with many curious anecdotes. So, if you have the chance, this is a really original way to explore London. The only thing you need to do is having a look at the website, browse through the different tours option, make an online reservation and jump on one of the 3 Mini-Cooper. White, Red or Green? 2. Spend a night at The 100Club, the temple for live music and one of the most famous venues in Europe. Opened in 1942 as a Jazz Club, the 100Club flour ished in the ‘60s, when it started introducing new forms of music, hosting legends as The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, The Clash, The Who, Sex Pistols and many others. Last year, this iconic music venue was risking to be closed due to financial troubles but thanks to a massive campaign, it found a new investor and the Club is still alive! 3. Have a stroll in Carnaby Street and do some vintage shopping in Camden Town. Although Carnaby Street has changed quite a lot, with the opening of number of global brands stores, there are still awesome shops featuring the creations of young fashion designers. If you like accessories, you can pay a visit at Ollie & Nic at 20, Foubert’s Place. In search of an original and exclusive present? Then you could have a look at Super Superficial’s ‘graphic’ T-shirts in limited editions. There’s more of the Swinging London in Camden Town, where you can have fun doing some vintage shopping or simply browsing through Camden street markets. Camden market has become quite popular and often overcrowded during weekends so if you have the chance, better planning a visit during workdays.
Jumping back in time to Swinging London
Thursday 17 March 2011