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 Youths hang out on the backstreets of Soho, 1956 Source Ibtimes Piccadilly Circus, 1956 Source Buzzfeed Goodge Street deep-level shelter and dormitory, 1956 Source Londonist Leicester Square, 1956 Source Bowshrine Piccadilly bus stop, 1956 Source Stockholmtransportmuseum Commons Jeanne Moreau, photographed at the Savoy, 1956 Source Misspeelpants An aerial view of London, 1956 Source Londonhistorian Victoria bus station, 1956 Source Rob Baker Teddy Boy and Girl, 1956 Source Gittermangallery 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 Shop window in Soho, 1956 Source Rob Baker Charlton Athletic FC, 1956 Source Old London Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth II meeting at a movie premiere in London, October 1956 Source Lost In History Teddy Girls, Battersea Fun Fair, 1956 Source Gittermangallery Andria Loran stands in the doorway of the Mambo Club, Soho, 1956 Source Ibtimes South Ealing Underground station, 1956 Source Old London Teddy Boy Group, North Kensington, 1956 Source Gittermangallery Im 1956 Source Vikinga Marilyn Monroe shopping in London, 1956 Source Eric Alper Regent Street looking east towards Piccadilly Circus, 9 November 1956 Source Rob Baker Woolwich Ferry, 1956 Source London Life The film 'A Girl Comes to London', 1956 Source Robin Baker Endell St Baths, Covent Garden, 1956 Source Chrisfloyd Piccadilly Circus, 1956 Source Allhails Miss Ireland assists Miss Iceland, after she fainted during the Miss World Pageant in London, 1956 Source Historyphotographed Twilight Trio, 1956 Source Aucharbon Welcome to Hungarian refugees in London, 1956 Source Ahmet Husnu Koray North Kensington, London, 1956 Source Aucharbon International Exchange London, 1956 Source Bt
Last Updated 12 January 2017