London's most iconic decade was of course, the Swinging Sixties. Within the space of a decade, Britain’s capital was transformed from a gloomy, conservative post-war city into a trail-blazing cultural centre, the home of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Twiggy and Mary Quant. Traffic, Queen, 1960 was taken by Norman Parkinson, one of the leading photographers of this optimistic, hedonistic and revolutionary era.
To relive the Swinging Sixties go and see You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 which is open now at the V&A.
Words by Annabel Matterson. The Iris Letter November 2016.