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The Swinging Sixties on Bermondsey Street

It's never a dull moment on Bermondsey Street, but don't worry - it's not a dating event for local pensioners!

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Have you ever fancied an immersive experience of London in the Swinging Sixties? The fashions of Mary Quant, the innovations of Terence Conran?

Well, now you can…

There's something quite vintage about Bermondsey, the town name conjures up images of a London before the wars; of warehouses and biscuit factories, tanneries and incoming ships to be unloaded and reloaded by hard working men and women. No wonder the antique markets and up-cycling furniture retailers have found it a natural place to set up shop. The history of London past still loiters in the air, in the architecture and the charm of the local people who now occupy the area.

Halfway down Bermondsey Street, in the eye-grabbing pink and orange building of the Fashion and Textile Museum, an exhibition of all the things that lifted London out of the cold grey post-war years and turned it into the throbbing heart of metropolitan life, is underway.

Running until the beginning of June and open Tuesdays to Saturday (11am to 6pm, later on a Thursday), there is a full mix of fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera. Key pieces include rare and early examples of designs by Conran and Quant, plus the avant-garde artists, designers and intellectuals who worked alongside them, such as designers Bernard and Laura Ashley, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and artist and photographer Nigel Henderson.

Tickets are modestly priced at £9.90 for adults, £8.80 for concessions, £7 for students and children under 12 are free.

Take a walk down Memory Lane, or if you're younger than that, take a closer peek into the London that captured the imagination and attention of the world.

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