London Life Magazine

London Life Magazine is a British spanking magazine that ran to seven monthly issues in 1977. Each issue comprised 68 pages, 10 of them in colour. It was published by London Life Magazines of 121A, Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London. The original price of £1.25 rose to £1.50.

The magazine took its name from a popular British lifestyle and entertainment magazine that appeared from 1920 to 1960. Though ostensibly a mainstream publication, this original London Life had become notorious for printing readers’ letters relating to sexual fetishes. Yet another periodical with the same title had simply been a listings magazine (1965-67) for events in the city.

London Life Magazine, subtitled An illustrated journal for adults, was devised as a sister publication to Martinet. It claimed to offer a unique mixture of spanking and titillation, but this merely meant that a few of its erotic short stories did not actually involve any spanking. Most of the content, however, resembled that of its established competitor Janus. There were photographs of M/F and F/F spankings, short stories, interviews, and inauthentic-sounding readers’ letters addressed to the magazine’s secretary, ‘Patty with the pat-able bottom’. The last four issues included a cartoon strip by Paul entitled ‘Stella’.

The editor of London Life Magazine was named only as Tony. Other contributors were listed as Lloyd Roland, Alun Jones, Peter Briggs, Joan Swift, Peter Goode, and Michael Phillips.

The back cover of the magazine carried a photograph of a London landmark, such as Nelson’s column or the Palace of Westminster, presumably so buyers could easily conceal the nature of their purchase.

London Life BooksEdit

London Life Magazine also published a series of illustrated paperback spanking novels in 1976-77, originally priced at £2 each. Their authorship was anonymous. Titles include:

  • Bend over Bunty
    • Also the title of a Janus film (1981).
  • Club Disciplinarian
  • Delinquent Daughter
  • Diary of Fiona Hunt
  • Fantasy in Blue
  • The Governess
  • Headmistress
  • Hot Cheeks
  • Linda’s Choice
    • Also the title of a Janus film (1981).
  • Mary the Martinet
  • Miss Miller’s Academy
  • Mistress Marilyn
  • My Own Story: Memoirs of a Disciplinarian
  • Petra
  • Punishment for Georgy
  • School of Discipline
  • Tales of the Tawse
  • Teenage Experiences

Both the magazines and the novels continued to be sold in Soho sex shops for many years after publication.