In Photos: The Most Newsworthy London Stories From The 1990s

Eleana Overett
By Eleana Overett Last edited 18 months ago
In Photos: The Most Newsworthy London Stories From The 1990s

The 1990s in London: The London Eye was winched into place, and the drive to Kensington Palace became a sea of flowers as people paid their respects after the death of Princess Diana. Have a look at this decade in London through the eyes of the photographers who captured it.

The London Eye being winched into position, 1999
Source Bbcamerica
Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry looking at the floral tributes for Princess Diana, September 1997
Source Natgeochannel
Martina Navratilova won her record breaking ninth Wimbledon Singles Championship, 1990
Source Imagesofperfection
Bomb damaged area of the City of London, after two blasts ripped through the buildings in the area, 24 April 1993
Source History Pics
Poll tax riots, 1990
Source Dorian Cope
Paint factory fire in Beckenham, 1996
Source London Fire Brigade
Members of the Royal Family and Earl Spencer behind Princess Diana's coffin, 6 September 1997
Source Aarp
Poll tax riots, 1990
Source Gagdaily
The first UK lottery introduced, 1994
Source Bt
In 1994 Oliver Peyton restored a splendid art deco ballroom near Piccadilly Circus and named it Atlantic Bar & Grill. Once described as the whole reason that everything happened, this place was legendary. You could be there drinking great wines, champagnes and cocktails with a fresh plate of oysters in a secluded booth and wile away the evening. It was the bar every bar wanted to be when it grew up. In place now is the stylish Brasserie Zedel. Source Diffordsguide
All Saints Road as London celebrates the New South Africa, April 1994
Source Wolfinlondon
Ming Ming the giant panda arrived at London Zoo in 1991
Source Londonhistorian
Poll tax riots, 1990
Source Socialistworker
Aldwych Tube Station opened in 1907, but closed for the duration of the second world war. It was used to hide and transport museum pieces, and provide shelter from aerial bombardments. It reopened after the war, then closed permanently in 1994 due to lack of use. Since then it's been used as a film location, and you can occasionally tour it. Source Acidcow
Coldplay perform at The Laurel Tree, 16 January 1998
Source Atlas Project
Husband-and-wife team David Marks and Julia Barfield came up with the idea for the London Eye in response to a 1993 competition asking Londoners to design a new landmark celebrating the millennium. The contest was a bust, but Marks and Barfield's idea caught on, and the wheel opened on March 9, 2000 Source Cntraveler
Nelson Mandela with the Queen, July 1996
Source The Times of London
Construction of the London Eye on the banks of the River Thames, 1999
Source Cash Drop History
Princess Diana at Spencer House, 25 June 1993
Source Skyrock
Nelson Mandela visits Britain, 12 July 1996
Source Richard Eaton
Steffi Graf won Wimbledon, 1991
Source Nbcsports
In 1997, plans were announced for an £8 million cable car to take the vast crowds expected to visit the Millennium Dome across the river from Canary Wharf. It was expected to open in October 1999, in time for the excited visitors to the Dome. The cable car would have carried 5,000 people per hour at a cost of 2 per single trip lasting just 3 minutes. The idea was scrapped in 1998. Source Ianvisits
Poll tax riots, 31 March 1990. 200,000 people protested
Source Prof.frank Mc Donough
Flowers laid for Princess Diana outside Kensington Palace, September 1997
Source Classic Pics

Last Updated 15 June 2017