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Old And Modern London, Side By Side

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Old And Modern London, Side By Side
Lambeth Bridge, 1866 and 2013. Utterly changed.
Lambeth Bridge, 1866 and 2013. Utterly changed.
Dexey's Midnight Runners performing Come On Eileen on Brook Drive, Elephant & Castle.
Dexey's Midnight Runners performing Come On Eileen on Brook Drive, Elephant & Castle.
Bob Dylan filming Subterranean Homesick Blues round the back of the Savoy. 1965 and 2013.
Bob Dylan filming Subterranean Homesick Blues round the back of the Savoy. 1965 and 2013.
Still from 'The Sandwich Man' in Trafalgar Square. 1966 and 2013.
Still from 'The Sandwich Man' in Trafalgar Square. 1966 and 2013.
Blackfriars Bridge 1980 and 2013.
Blackfriars Bridge 1980 and 2013.
Severe bomb damage on Broadley Street, and how it was patched up. 1941 and 2013.
Severe bomb damage on Broadley Street, and how it was patched up. 1941 and 2013.
Houses in Teddington used in the credits to Love Thy Neighbour. 1972 and 2013
Houses in Teddington used in the credits to Love Thy Neighbour. 1972 and 2013
From books to baps. Charing Cross Road, mid-1970s and 2013.
From books to baps. Charing Cross Road, mid-1970s and 2013.
Fashionable boutique Chelsea Drugstore, now under the sign of the golden arches. Early 1970s and 2013.
Fashionable boutique Chelsea Drugstore, now under the sign of the golden arches. Early 1970s and 2013.
Blackfriars Bridge, 2008 and 2013.
Blackfriars Bridge, 2008 and 2013.
Only Fools and Horses, 1991, on Spur Road Waterloo, and a comparison shot in 2013.
Only Fools and Horses, 1991, on Spur Road Waterloo, and a comparison shot in 2013.
Ladbroke Grove, 1908 and 2013.
Ladbroke Grove, 1908 and 2013.

'Then and now' comparisons of London are nothing new, but photographer 'Roll the Dice' brings both quantity and quality — and a certain amount of inventiveness — to the genre.

He recreates not only old photographs of the capital, but also seeks out locations from music videos, classic sitcoms, and forgotten films. His archive now contains hundreds of comparison shots from both central London and the suburbs. He's kindly shared these with us in the Londonist Flickr pool, and we're delighted to pick out a few highlights for your perusal.

These and many other shots, plus some superior street photography, can be viewed on Roll the Dice's Flickr stream, and at a larger size than we can fit in our column.

Last Updated 28 January 2014

Albert Trinker

I do like this photos! They really bring old London to life, and makes you feel connected to the past.

And i know how much effort they take! If anyone would like to see my efforts, concentrating in Camden they're here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/t...

rottendirtyscum

how is it all the old photos make london look like it had character

Thomas Casey

I can safely say that most things are worse looking now, all plastic and ugly.