London in 1931 was on the cusp of change.
The Roaring 20s were over; the Hungry 30 were about to begin. The era of the
Bright Young Things officially came to an end with the infamous Red-and-White Party, given by Arthur Jeffress in Maud Allan's Regent's Park townhouse.
Meanwhile Mahatma Gandhi was in town, drawing crowds of a very different kind. This was also the year Sadler's Wells opened, as well as London's Abbey Road Studios. A political crisis led to a National Government taking its seats in Westminster... there were turbulent times ahead.
London underground map. Good old Beck Source Buzzfeed Trafalgar Square in the snow Source History in Pictures Dog obviously had more money in 1931 Source Okan Men scrubbing the roof of Cannon Street station Source Davenant Crews brave freezing temperatures at Butlers Wharf Source London Fire Brigade Washing day, Croydon Source History in Pictures A (thin) London Transport staff member dressed in Father Christmas outfit, loads toys into an Underground delivery van Source Old London The Royal Exchange Source Old London Rainy Westminster Source Old London Sainsbury's in Peckham. Slightly smarter than the Morrisons they've got now Source London Life Councillor Tom Brooks was Mayor of Bethnal Green - whilst continuing his trade as a chimney sweep Source London Life Gandhi planting a tree outside Kingsley Hall, East End, 1931 Source Lost in History Caledonian Market Source Sailor Caledonian Market Source Sailor Watching 1930s London go by Source History in Pictures A London Transport poster. Now THAT'S how to advertise Source Ian Visits Gary Cooper buys an ice-cream at Waterloo station in 1931 Source Rob Baker Feltham tram on route for Shepherd's Bush seen here on service in Ealing Broadway Source Old London Broadcasting House under construction Source Old London Father Christmas delivering presents to the Childrens' Aid and Adoption Society, Leytonstone Source Jean Philippede Tonnac Met Police officer herding sheep in Hyde Park Source Old London Harry Selfridge at his Oxford Street site, 1931 Source Old London A bugle-playing cyclist on Lambeth Bridge Source Old London A burning cigarette dispenser Source Buzzfeed Young exhibitor walks her kitten on a leash at the National Cat Club Show at Crystal Palace Source Lost in History London map Source Jessicaesquires Charlie Chaplin meeting Mahatma Gandhi, London Source Old Pics Archive Crowds witnessing the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi in Canning Town Source Indianhistorypics Piccadilly Circus Source Londonhistorian Cornelia Sorabji, the first woman to study law at Oxford, makes a radio broadcast in London Source Indianhistorypics Londoners flock to a mobile screen showing the latest Mickey Mouse film Source History Pics James Joyce and Nora Barnacle finally marry in a London Registry Office, having met 27 years previously Source Bibliophilia London Zoo. Note the chains Source Zsl London Zoo
Last Updated 07 February 2017