In Photos: London In 1941

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In Photos: London In 1941

In 1941, the country was in the midst of the war, with London bearing the brunt of the bombing. These photos give an insight into London life at that time, including classes taking place in underground shelters and bomb damage to St Pancras station and the Houses of Parliament — and Piccadilly Circus was as busy as ever.

People outside the Ritz in Leicester Square which was showing Gone With The Wind, 1941
Source Old London
Drinking tea at the Lyons Corner House in Tottenham Court Road
Source Sir William Davenant
The north tower of the Crystal Palace topples under a dynamite charge during demolition in 1941
Source Old London
King George VI and the Queen Consort meeting air raid victims, 1941
Source Old London
London, 1941
Source Old Pics Archive
Traffic moving slowly on an icy Queen Victoria Street. A light dusting of snow softens the bomb damage.
Source Sir William Davenant
Three Kings pub, Cromwell Road
Source Old London
10 May 1941 saw the last major raid during the London Blitz, dubbed 'the longest night'. There was damage to many important buildings including the Houses of Parliament, seen here
Source Londonhistorian
A milkman walks over rubble while firefighters battle the aftermath of the Blitz
Source History Pics
Women of the Women's Voluntary Service run a mobile canteen
Source Classic Movies
Piccadilly Circus, July 1941
Source Londonhistorian
London Underground during the war
Source History in Pictures
Firefighters dealt with blazes caused by bombing on Queen Victoria Street
Source London Fire Brigade
Police officer on the Strand
Source Old London
A woman has a cup of tea after her house has been bombed in June 1941
Source Prof.frank Mc Donough
Bomb damage at St Pancras railway station, May 1941
Source Sir William Davenant
A mother and her baby during an exercise with gas masks
Source Laura C.
Clapham Tram Depot following an air raid
Source Old London
The Spitfire Boys, Brixton, 1941
Source Old London
Boys will be boys
Source Old London
Four young women enjoy a stroll in the spring sunshine along a shopping street in the West End, 1941
Source Iwm
Kids didn't get Easter eggs in 1941. Here they munch on their carrot treats instead
Source Old London
Maths lesson in the Elephant & Castle Underground station during an air raid alert
Source Yesteryear
Diners in a busy restaurant at Aldwych
Source Rob Baker
Members of the British armed forces given front row seats at Wembley
Source Old London
Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) women at a 3.7-inch anti-aircraft gun site at Wormwood Scrubs
Source Historical Pics
Queen's Hall in Langham Place during the Blitz
Source Londonhistorian
The East End bombed in the Blitz - note the Tower of London in the background
Source The Ripper
Londoners seek shelter in Aldwych tube station, 1941
Source History in Pictures
Tower Bridge, 1941
Source Londonhistorian

Last Updated 19 May 2017