In Photos: London In 1959

By Londonist Staff Last edited 11 months ago
In Photos: London In 1959

1959 was the year the exterior of Harrods in Knightsbridge was illuminated for the first time. The Oxford Street Christmas lights also made their first appearance. See what else was going on in London that year.

Source Old Pics Archive
John Lobb's shoe shop
Source Rob Baker
Improvements took place at Elephant & Castle, 1959
Source Mark Tewdwr Jones
Tower Bridge in the smog, 1959
Source Sir William Davenant
Source Jo
Brigitte Bardot in London, 1959
Source Lost in History
London payphone
Source Rob Baker
The Waiters' Race in Soho, 1959.
Source Nika Garrett
Harrods first lit up at night in 1959
Source Harrods
Floris family perfumier creating fragrances at 89 Jermyn Street, 1959
Source Florislondon
Audrey Hepburn in London, 1959
Source Lisaeldridgemakeup
The famous sculpture is moved during development at Elephant & Castle, 1959
Source Unioftheartslondon
London's Heliport (this version was never built)
Waterloo Station. Mr Smith's, 1959
Source Carter Collectables
Chelsea Art Ball
Source Lola
Shepherd's Bush Green
Source Old London
2i's, 1959
Source Old London
Liverpool St Station, 1959
Source Londontopia
King's Road, 16 August 1959
Source Geoffbannister
2i's Coffee Bar, 1959. Cliff Richard and The Drifters was its resident group for a while in 1958.
Source Londonhistorian
A boy working in a London postroom, 1959
Source Aucharbon
The Empire Theatre, now The Empire Leicester Square, 1959
Source Bfi
Firefighters getting a head for heights, 1959
Source London Fire Brigade
Piccadilly Circus
Source East Village London
Audience at the 2i's Coffee Bar, 1959
Source Rob Baker
Source Old Pics Archive
Lucinda Hollingsworth, London, phone box by Georges Dambier, 1959
White City cycling test
Source Old London
Regent Street
Source Ldn Gov
The first annual Oxford Street Christmas lights went up in 1959
Source Instagram

Last Updated 05 May 2017