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