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In Photos: London In 1959

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.

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

Last Updated 05 May 2017