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