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What London looked like in 1927 and 2013, side-by-side

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The old town of London never changes. Or at least, it changes very, very little. Just watch this side-by-side footage showing life in 1927 London and life in 2013 London to see how much the city has stayed the same. And sure, the streets might have slightly newer cars on them with street lights and freshly painted lanes but many of the same buildings are still up in London after over 85 years and everything else seems pretty much exactly the same.

Simon Smith created this video by using recently restored footage of London in the 1920s taken by cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene and putting it side-by-side with footage he shot himself. Smith said he "attempted to capture every one of his shots, standing in his footsteps, and using modern equivalents of his camera and lenses" for London today. That way we get the clearest picture of how little London has changed. It's remarkable, really.


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