London in 1951 was still getting to its feet after the Blitz. But excitement was on the horizon: ground breaking changes in fashion, the festival of Britain... and, as always, football. Here is London in 1951.
Hackney Marshes, home of 88 football pitches. These, of course, still exist Source Classic Pics Winston Churchill greeting King George VI, May 1951 Source Alex David A man delivering sacks of coal in the City of London Source Davenant Festival of Britain, May 1951 Source London Life Whitechapel Source Aucharbon An aerial view of Arsenal's Highbury Stadium Source Vintage Footy Aerial view of Battersea Park during the Festival of Britain Source Old London London market, 1951 Source Davenant Grosvenor Hotel, London, Christmas 1951 Source Feetapart Commuters crossing London Bridge, 1951 Source Aucharbon 1951, and a City of Westminster employee relaxes in the sun during his lunch break on the Embankment. Source Old London Charing Cross Road in 1951. Source Old London The Charlton 'Tramatorium' Source London Life Putney Bridge tube station Source Old London Highbury Source Old London Hamleys in the run-up to Christmas 1951, looking rather different to today. Source A London Inheritance Dilapidated warehouses, bomb sites and hollow shells of buildings. London Source Rob Baker Woolwich Source London Life Webb Cafe, Brentford Source Old London Dome of Discovery and Skylon for the Festival of Britain, Westminster Source Old London London Source Davenant Bob-a-job week Source Old London A London commuter Source Londonhistorian Skylon and Festival of Britain, 1951 Source Tim Dunn Fun fair, Battersea Park Source Old London London from the air Source Davenant Putney Bridge Station entrance Source Old London Preparations for the Festival of Britain, Waterloo Road Source London Life South Bank, 1951 Source Old London The Tower Source Aucharbon The 1930s brutalist Spa Green Estate between Rosebery Avenue and St John St in Clerkenwell. Source This Brutal House Top hat in the City Source Aucharbon Stamford Bridge Source Old London Newcastle United and Blackpool fans at Trafalgar Square before FA Cup Final at Wembley, 1951 Source Vintage Footy London's docks Source Old London South Bank Source Old London
Last Updated 31 January 2017