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