Video of the Week: Shirley Bassey’s There’s No Place Like London

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We love this piece of retro nuttiness from Shirley Bassey. She sings! She dances! She kisses horses on the mouth!

Back in 1982, Bassey made a promo video for the Tourist Board, and here’s the result.

Check out the cameos by Kermit the Frog, Frank Bruno and Michael Caine. Can you spot long-lost London landmarks Concorde and Cats? And isn’t it weird seeing a vid of London without the Eye, the Gherkin and Canary Wharf?

Bonus Friday points for spotting one London show that spans the decades…


  1. Londonette says:

    Fantastic – I hope they reprise this for the 2012 Olympics!

  2. Glen says:

    The title says it all. There is NO place like London. One amazing city.

  3. Becca says:

    Was this created by visit london?

    • Zoe J. Griffiths says:

      No, it’s older than Visit London! In 1982, I think the company looking after tourists was just called The Tourist Board.

  4. Becca says:

    Oh ok, thanks! Zoe do you work for Visit London? If you do would it be possible to email you/someone some questions about the companies advertisements? I am at Nottingham Trent University and am doing my dissertation on representations of London so would be really grateful if you could help me out? Thanks.