The Museum of London has released these photos of London during Christmas in the 1950s and 1960s, showing Selfridges, Hamleys, Regent Street, Hampstead Heath et al half a century ago. (Look at all that fog. Some things never change, eh?)
The photos were taken by Henry Grant and are part of the Museum of London collection. Of course, there’s a reason for this release and that’s the Museum of London Docklands’ Santa’s Grotto opening Saturday, but since the grotto is a recreation of 19th century Sailortown – a full size reconstruction of Victorian Wapping, complete with winding cobbled streets, lodging house, shops and even a wild animal emporium – we have zero problems giving it a plug. Tickets cost £7 per child but book ahead, several sessions are already sold out.