London life is accelerating at a rapid pace, or so we are told. These photos of the city in 1956 show just how much has changed, but also it's startling how recognisable they are. Many of these scenes will resonate as much with modern Londoners as with those who remember London in the 1950s.
Southam Street, North Kensington, 1956 Source Rob Baker Escalators at Piccadilly Circus Underground station, 1956. Source Buzzfeed Leicester Square, 2 April 1956. Source Bowshrine Southam Street, North Kensington, 1956 Source Gittermangallery Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth II meeting at a movie premiere in London, October 1956 Source Lost in History Youths hang out on the backstreets of Soho, 1956 Source Ibtimes Two prostitutes lean out of the windows of a brothel in Soho, 1956. Source Whores of Yore Battersea, 1957 Source Aucharbon Welcome to Hungarian refugees in London, 1956 Source Ahmet Husnu Koray Rush hour, 1956. Source Buzzfeed Charlton Athletic FC, 1956 Source Old London Victoria bus station, 1956 Source Rob Baker A man in drag heads a carnival procession down Old Compton Street during the Soho Fair, 1956 Source Ibtimes Tube stop, 1956. Source Buzzfeed Teddy Boy and Girl, 1956 Source Gittermangallery Twilight Trio, 1956 Source Aucharbon Southam Street, North Kensington, 1956 Source Gittermangallery Paul Hogan steals Jour D'Ete by Morisot from the Tate Gallery, 1956 Source Cosbe1 The Elmington Estate, Picton Street, 1956 Source Museumoflondonprints North Kensington, London, 1956 Source Aucharbon South Ealing Underground station, 1956 Source Old London The film 'A Girl Comes to London', 1956 Source Robin Baker London Bridge at rush hour, 1956 Source Buzzfeed Goodge Street deep-level shelter and dormitory Source Londonist Clock End at Highbury, 1956 Source Old Football Grounds Endell St Baths, Covent Garden, 1956 Source Chrisfloyd Piccadilly Circus, 1956. Source Vikinga Street football, 1956 Source Gittermangallery Marilyn Monroe shopping in London, 1956 Source Eric Alper Teddy Boy Group, North Kensington, 1956 Source Gittermangallery Woolwich Ferry, 1956 Source London Life Miss Ireland assists Miss Iceland, after she fainted during the Miss World Pageant in London, 1956 Source Historyphotographed That famous Coke ad at Piccadilly Circus, 2 April 1956. Source Allhails Thomas Road, Bow Common, 1956 Source Geograph Andria Loran stands in the doorway of the Mambo Club, Soho, 1956 Source Ibtimes Police officer on point duty, 1956 Source Old London The Grand Hall, Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition, Olympia, 1956 Source Lookandlearn A newsagent on Frith Street, 1956 Source Ibtimes Southam Street, North Kensington, 1956 Source Gittermangallery An aerial view of London, 1956 Source Londonhistorian Regent Street looking east towards Piccadilly Circus, 9 November 1956. Source Rob Baker Jeanne Moreau, photographed at the Savoy, 1956 Source Misspeelpants Shop window in Soho, 1956. Source Rob Baker Piccadilly bus stop, 1956. Source Stockholmtransportmuseum Commons International Exchange London, 1956 Source Bt Teddy Girls, Battersea Fun Fair, 1956 Source Gittermangallery