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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.

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

Last Updated 12 January 2017