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