London: Capital of Tradition, Capital of Extremes

With its iconic black taxis, red double decker buses and famously eccentric upper classes, London is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Brexit has not dissuaded the tourists who still flock here to experience British elegance and luxury. In the British capital, people are not encouraged to adapt and conform. Instead, London embraces difference and diversity.

Nobody raises an eyebrow when they see an eccentrically-dressed person. Grace, aged 19, is a student at the prestigious fashion school, Central Saint Martins, whose alumni include Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. She shows us the whimsical and outrageous side of London, where being queer is the norm.

But on the banks of the Thames, traditional Britishness conservatism still has its place. Under the auspices of Baroness Hayter, who represents the left-leaning Labour party in the House of Lords, we visit the House of Lords for high tea, to see these lawmakers in their powdered wigs.

The British capital is still rebellious but now young people are no longer blasting rock’n’roll or punk. Instead, drill rules the airwaves. We meet members of a north London gang who describe their lives in the tough areas where they live.

This is an immersion in the extremes of a complex city where conservatism and eccentricity are different sides of the same coin.


  • Year: 2023
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Ligne de Front
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  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France