In Photos: Life In Victorian London

Eleana Overett
By Eleana Overett Last edited 11 months ago
In Photos: Life In Victorian London

The Victorian era is one of England's most famous time periods and studied the world over. It was a time of relative peace, we were introduced to the all seeing eye of Sherlock Holmes and we became obsessed with the paranormal.

London itself faced a deadly battle with smallpox, built new tube lines underground, and started experimenting with style at fashion houses. Take a look at this gallery to see life in Victorian London.

Exterior of Liverpool Street Station in London which is run by Great Eastern Railway and connects passengers with the south east
Source Vintag
Traffic on Regent Circus, now known as Oxford Circus, 1888
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A woman walking in Hyde Park in summer, 1895
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Traffic on London Bridge, circa 1890
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London as a Second Venice, Harmsworth Magazine, London, 1899 - not terrible for Victorian photoshopping skills
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A cyclist riding a penny farthing over Hammersmith Bridge
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Traders at London's busy market in Covent Garden, circa 1890
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Leicester Square, 1883
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Old postal sorting room
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Victorian cyclists, Illustrated London News, 1898
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A Victorian fruit seller, 1873
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Regent Street, circa 1890
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Horse drawn buses passing a group of sandwich board men down Regent Quadrant, London
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Sherbert (lemonade) seller, London, 1884
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Victorian horse-drawn omnibuses at London Bridge, 1900
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A bus makes its way down Fleet Street towards Ludgate Hill Circus and St Paul's Cathedral, London, circa 1888
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Upper Richmond Road, London, 1895
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The drawing room at 18 Clarendon Square, 1890
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Cheapside, 1880
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A shoe salesman with a 1.2 metre square shoe shop, 1900
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Traffic on a street in London's Piccadilly circa 1890
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A sightseeing coach tour, 1900
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A Victorian cabmens' shelter, c.1900
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Match seller, Ludgate Hill, 1892
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Edgware High Street, London, 1890
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Victorian public disinfectors sanitize the streets after an outbreak of smallpox
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District Line construction outside Somerset House, 1869
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Tower Bridge construction, 1892
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Bermondsey Street. This was not a very desirable area in Victorian times, and many writers documented the smell of rotten Thames water.
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Toy seller, King William Street, London, 1884
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Victorian trick cyclists performing a balancing act, 1891
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Middle Temple, 1890s
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Views of Regent Street, c 1900
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St James's Theatre was demolished in 1957. It was a favourite of Oscar Wilde
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Last Updated 17 August 2017