Despite the corsets, top hats and horse-drawn carriages of 19th century London, it's not all that different to today's city. Construction sites, a congested Oxford Street, and a very busy Covent Garden Market are just a few of the parallels.
London boroughs in 1895 Source Buzzfeed Tower Bridge, 1892 Source Eric G. E. Zuelow Lower ward of Windsor Castle, 1890 Source Visit Windsor An early recording studio, set up in the rooms of the Cockburn Hotel, London, 1898 Source 1890swriters Clapham to Putney omnibus, 1866 Source Old London Fair on Chelsea Bridge Road, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Matchseller, London, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Victoria Embankment, before and after Bazalgette's master plan Source Amateur Casual A horse hauling coal at Victoria Dock, London, 1898 Source 1890swriters Bath Road, Chiswick, 1882 Source Museumoflondonprints Upper Pool of the Thames, c.1885 Source Museumoflondonprints 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints London, 1883 Source Nedhardy Covent Garden Flower Sellers, c 1890 Source Old Pics Archive Holborn Circus and Viaduct, 1894 Source 1890swriters Source Londonhistorian Lured to the Slaughter (Illustrated Police News), 1888 Source Museumoflondonprints Oxford Street, late 19th century Source Londonhistorian Engraving of 'Ye Olde Fancy Fayre', held at the Royal Albert Hall on 8th June 1881 Source Victoriancalendar Cloth Fair Source The Cynical Urbanist Behold Leicester Square in London as it looked c.1800 Source Sir William Davenant Clerkenwell 1890 Source Old London King's Cross, 1800s Source Old London Victorian Christmas Card 1883 Source Museumoflondonprints 1st Suffolk Regiment, Tower of London, 1895 Source Frontispiece Ltd Ludgate Circus, 1890 Source Old London Map of the Hyde Park area of London, c.1881 Source Pinterest Source Nedhardy Jacob's Island, Rotherhithe, 1887 Source Museumoflondonprints Staircase at Ashburnham House, 1882 Source Museumoflondonprints Construction of the Blackwall Tunnel, 1892 Source Old Pics Archive The Great Wheel, Earl's Court, 1898 Source Museumoflondonprints The drawing room at 18 Clarendon Square, 1890 Source Clc Archive Thames frozen at Limehouse, 1895 Source The Ripper Reflections on the Thames by moonlight, c.1880 by John Atkinson Grimshaw Source Sir William Davenant Source Old London Source Nedhardy Flower seller, Ludgate Hill Station, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Descriptive map of London poverty, 1889 Source Museumoflondonprints The church of St Andrew Undershaft, St Mary Axe, 1891 Source Londonist Engraving of Newgate in Tudor times, drawn in 1894 Source Museumoflondonprints West Smithfield's Cold Air Stores under construction, 1895 Source London Life Bombed carriages, Aldersgate Station, 1897 Source Museumoflondonprints On July 9, 1877, the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club began its first lawn tennis tournament at Wimbledon. The Championships is the oldest tennis tournament in the world Source Nation Tower Bridge close to completion, 1894 Source Old London Ella Sykes, photographed in London as 'A Persian Lady', 1898 Source 1890swriters A policeman questions a young, crying boy who intended to fish in the fountain on Trafalgar Square, London, 1892 Source Classic Pics Construction site to the west of Waterloo Bridge, 1866-1870 Source Old London Punch advertisement for Pears Soap, May 1895 Source Pulp Librarian The Pool, 1885 Source Museumoflondonprints Upper Richmond Road, 1887 Source Old London Street traders in the New Cut, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints School of Art and Tabard Inn, Chiswick, 1882 Source Museumoflondonprints Baker Street, 1895 Source Londonhistorian White Hart Yard Inn, Southwark, 1881 Source Museumoflondonprints Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee, 1887 Source Museumoflondonprints Source Nedhardy Interior of Crystal Palace during The Great Exhibition of 1851 Source Textilis Jumbo the first African elephant at London Zoo, circa 1870. Source Zsl 164 Fenchurch Street, 25th September 1888 Source 19thcenturyphotos Historical newspaper engraving of the underground bombing, October 1883 Source Britishnewspaperarchive St. Paul's from Bankside, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Big Ben, 1890s Source Joe Flanagan Construction work on the Central Line, 1898 Source Londonhistorian Street vendor, London, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Source The Ice Age St Pancras station, 1890s Source Olde Britain Peepshow at the fair, London, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Jack the Ripper pamphlet, 1888 Source Old London Sarah Bernhardt as Empress Theodora, London, 1884 Source Lyn Maccorkle Fish porter, Billingsgate, 1893 Source Museumoflondonprints Ashburnham House dining room, 1882 Source Museumoflondonprints The Bayswater Omnibus, George William Joy, 1895 Source Dr Liv Gibbs Putney Bridge, 1881 Source Museumoflondonprints Original manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground, illustrated by the author (Lewis Carroll), 1882 Source Bibliophilia Frozen Thames, 1895 Source Old Pics Archive Damage at Victoria Station in 1884 after a bombing campaign Source Networkrailvic Love Angel crossroads, London, 1895 Source Auntie Mabel A young woman waits patiently while hoops to support her crinoline are prepared, London, 1860 Source Old Pics Archive Covent Garden Market in full swing, 1890 Source Londonhistorian Matchgirls striking against Bryant & May's inadequate provision against them developing 'phossy jaw', 1888 Source Old Pics Archive District Line construction outside Somerset House, 1869 Source Pinterest A very early photograph of London showing Nelson's Column under construction, 1844 Source Sir William Davenant Source Lost in History Source Nedhardy King's Cross, c.1885 Source Old Pics Archive Tower Bridge construction, 1892 Source Londonhistorian Historical newspaper report on the underground bomb in October 1883 Source Britishnewspaperarchive Illustrated Police News, the trial of Oscar Wilde, 1895 Source Prof.frank Mc Donough Coach horses slipping at Ludgate, 1889 print Source Old Print View of the Egyptian Court inside the Crystal Palace, 1854 Source Classic Pics Obaysch the hippo in 1870 Source Zsl Inner Temple Gate House, 1885 Source Museumoflondonprints The Royal Observatory under construction, Greenwich, 1890 Source Old London The Illustrated London News, January 1881 Source Nika Garrett In 1896 Source Olde Britain Princes Street London with the Bank of England on the right, 1890s Source Bbc The Prince of Wales sleighing on the Thames Embankment, 1881 Source Museumoflondonprints London Bridge, late 19th century Source Solarpatrick Source Nedhardy Insert of the programme for The Mikado, Savoy Theatre, 1885 Source Museumoflondonprints A winter scene in Hampstead, London in the 19th century Source Sir William Davenant London, 1883 Source Nedhardy A woman walking in Hyde Park in summer, 1895 Source Amateur Casual