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This Is What London Looked Like In 1979

This Is What London Looked Like In 1979

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.

Marvin Gaye at the Royal Albert Hall, 1979
Source Art My Fire
Margaret Thatcher elected Prime Minister, 1979
Source News
London, 1979
Source Vintageseveryday
Speakers Corner, 1979
Source Georgkindbom
Mods
Source Paulwrightuk
Bruce Springsteen captured in 1979 outside Hammersmith Odeon
Source Londongrrl
Rubbish piles up in Leicester Square while refuse collectors were on strike, 1979
Source Flickriver
The first ever train to run on the Jubilee line to Charing Cross, 1979
Source London Enthusiast
At the Hope & Anchor pub in Islington, 1979
Source Classic Alternative
Greenwich Pier, May 1979
Source A London Inheritance
London has changed a lot since 1979!
Source Cnn International
Notting Hill Carnival, 1979
Source Old London
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
Joe Strummers handwritten lyrics for London Calling, 1979
Source History In Pictures
John Simon Ritchie, aka Sid Vicious, from Lewisham died in 1979
Source Pu Nk And Stuff
Sham ’69 – Live At Paris Theatre, London, 1979
Source Pastdaily
Police clash with protestors in Southall, west London, 1979
Source Newstatesman
In 1979, the 'Knifeboard' Horse bus was back on the streets of London for the 'Omnibus 150' celebrations
Source Londonbusmuseum
Punks at Sid Vicious (of the Sex Pistols) memorial in London, March, 1979
Source Miepvonsydow
Sid Vicious memorial march, London, 1979
Source Pu Nk And Stuff
Mark Hamill painting a graffiti wall.
Source Mark Hamill Things
London, 1979
Source Flickriver
Soho Market, London, 1979
Source Mcmorgan
Garbage Strike, London, 1979
Source Businessinsider
U2 appeared at The Hope and Anchor in London. Mistakenly advertised as 'The U2s', they played to nine people.
Source Eric Alper
King's Cross station, 1979
Source Blue Diesels
Camden Market
Source Grahamfkerr
Mods on Scooters in London, 1979
Source 1970s In Pictures
Billy Idol, singer of new wave pop group Generation X, at the Lyceum, London, with a friend, 6 September, 1979
Source Seattlepi
Punks in London
Source Pu Nk And Stuff
London tourists in 1979
Source Lovegreatbritain
Feminist graffiti, 1979
Source Old London
Tony Allen being arrested at Speakers' Corner, 1979
Source Bbc
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
Terminal 3, Heathrow Airport, 1979
Source Old London
London punk rockers in 1979
Source Old London
Traffic at Victoria on 24 January, 1979
Source 28083135@N06
Liza Minnelli, Regine’s, London, 1979
Source Thesundaytimes
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
Hyde Park and South Kensington from above, 1979
Source 19787482@N04
Lord Mountbatten's ceremonial funeral, 5 September 1979
Source Britishnobility
Garbage Strike, London, 1979
Source Businessinsider
Regent Street, London, 1979
Source Flickriver
Sting, 1979
Source Photoshelter
Famous punk clothing store "Boy" on the King's Road
Source Old Pics Archive
John Simon Ritchie aka Sid Vicious, 2 February 1979
Source Pu Nk And Stuff
Route 273 at Ealing Broadway
Source Megaanorak
Modculture Mod revival, 1979
Source Rob Webb

Last Updated 21 April 2017