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London In 1956

London In 1956

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
Clock End at Highbury, 1956
Source Old Football Grounds
Welcome to Hungarian refugees in London, 1956
Source Ahmet Husnu Koray
Leicester Square, 1956
Source Bowshrine
Piccadilly bus stop, 1956
Source Stockholmtransportmuseum Commons
Youths hang out on the backstreets of Soho, 1956
Source Ibtimes
Shop window in Soho, 1956
Source Rob Baker
Goodge Street deep-level shelter and dormitory, 1956
Source Londonist
Piccadilly Circus, 1956
Source Allhails
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
Regent Street looking east towards Piccadilly Circus, 9 November 1956
Source Rob Baker
Piccadilly Circus, 1956
Source Buzzfeed
Twilight Trio, 1956
Source Aucharbon
Charlton Athletic FC, 1956
Source Old London
An aerial view of London, 1956
Source Londonhistorian
Teddy Girls, Battersea Fun Fair, 1956
Source Gittermangallery
South Ealing Underground station, 1956
Source Old London
North Kensington, London, 1956
Source Aucharbon
Woolwich Ferry, 1956
Source London Life
Jeanne Moreau, photographed at the Savoy, 1956
Source Misspeelpants
Thomas Road, Bow Common, 1956
Source Geograph
Miss Ireland assists Miss Iceland, after she fainted during the Miss World Pageant in London, 1956
Source Historyphotographed
Teddy Boy and Girl, 1956
Source Gittermangallery
Teddy Boy Group, North Kensington, 1956
Source Gittermangallery
Andria Loran stands in the doorway of the Mambo Club, Soho, 1956
Source Ibtimes
The film 'A Girl Comes to London', 1956
Source Robin Baker
Marilyn Monroe shopping in London, 1956
Source Eric Alper
Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth II meeting at a movie premiere in London, October 1956
Source Lost In History
Im 1956
Source Vikinga
International Exchange London, 1956
Source Bt
Endell St Baths, Covent Garden, 1956
Source Chrisfloyd

Last Updated 12 January 2017