London in 1979 was a place of spending cuts, strikes, discontent, mods and punks.
In May, the Jubilee line was inaugurated; the same month, Margaret Thatcher became the UK's first female Prime Minister; it was also the year the first J D Wetherspoon pub was established, in Haringey.
Route 273 at Ealing Broadway Source Megaanorak Garbage Strike, London, 1979 Source Businessinsider Garbage Strike, London, 1979 Source Businessinsider Regent Street, London, 1979 Source Flickriver Billy Idol, singer of new wave pop group Generation X, at the Lyceum, London, with a friend, 6 September, 1979 Source Seattlepi Modculture Mod revival, 1979 Source Rob Webb Notting Hill Carnival, 1979 Source Old London Police clash with protestors in Southall, west London, 1979 Source Newstatesman London tourists in 1979 Source Lovegreatbritain Marvin Gaye at the Royal Albert Hall, 1979 Source Art My Fire Margaret Thatcher elected Prime Minister, 1979 Source News Punks in London Source Pu Nk and Stuff Train guard Julian Hows wears a skirt on his last day in the job, protesting that male staff weren't allowed to wear skirts. Source Feminist Pics Margaret Thatcher, the newly-elected British Prime Minister, receives Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt on an official visit to London, 10-11 May 1979 Source Cvce King's Cross station, 1979 Source Blue Diesels Mark Hamill painting a graffiti wall. Source Mark Hamill Things Sham ’69 – Live At Paris Theatre, London, 1979 Source Pastdaily In 1979, the 'Knifeboard' Horse bus was back on the streets of London for the 'Omnibus 150' celebrations Source Londonbusmuseum John Simon Ritchie aka Sid Vicious, 2 February 1979 Source Pu Nk and Stuff London, 1979 Source Vintageseveryday Feminist graffiti, 1979 Source Old London Joe Strummers handwritten lyrics for London Calling, 1979 Source History in Pictures Greenwich Pier, May 1979 Source A London Inheritance Mods on Scooters in London, 1979 Source 1970s in Pictures Hyde Park and South Kensington from above, 1979 Source 19787482@n04 Punks at Sid Vicious (of the Sex Pistols) memorial in London, March, 1979 Source Miepvonsydow Rubbish piles up in Leicester Square while refuse collectors were on strike, 1979 Source Flickriver Camden Market Source Grahamfkerr Tony Allen being arrested at Speakers' Corner, 1979 Source Bbc Sid Vicious memorial march, London, 1979 Source Pu Nk and Stuff Speakers Corner, 1979 Source Georgkindbom Liza Minnelli, Regine’s, London, 1979 Source Thesundaytimes London has changed a lot since 1979! Source Cnn International It seems Boris Johnson wasn't the first Tory politician to take to a zipwire... Here's Maggie at the London Boat Show, 1979 Source Conservative History Christ Church, Spitalfields, 1979 Source 40630782@n07 Famous punk clothing store "Boy" on the King's Road Source Old Pics Archive Traffic at Victoria on 24 January, 1979 Source 28083135@n06 Entrance to Selhurst Park, home to Crystal Palace FC, 1979 Source Old London Mods Source Paulwrightuk London, 1979 Source Flickriver Lord Mountbatten's ceremonial funeral, 5 September 1979 Source Britishnobility U2 appeared at The Hope and Anchor in London. Mistakenly advertised as 'The U2s', they played to nine people. Source Eric Alper At the Hope & Anchor pub in Islington, 1979 Source Classic Alternative Bruce Springsteen captured in 1979 outside Hammersmith Odeon Source Londongrrl The first ever train to run on the Jubilee line to Charing Cross, 1979 Source London Enthusiast Soho Market, London, 1979 Source Mcmorgan Terminal 3, Heathrow Airport, 1979 Source Old London John Simon Ritchie, aka Sid Vicious, from Lewisham died in 1979 Source Pu Nk and Stuff London punk rockers in 1979 Source Old London Sting, 1979 Source Photoshelter