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.
Sham ’69 – Live At Paris Theatre, London, 1979 Source Pastdaily Modculture Mod revival, 1979 Source Rob Webb Greenwich Pier, May 1979 Source A London Inheritance Soho Market, London, 1979 Source Mcmorgan 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 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 Joe Strummers handwritten lyrics for London Calling, 1979 Source History in Pictures Police clash with protestors in Southall, west London, 1979 Source Newstatesman Garbage Strike, London, 1979 Source Businessinsider Margaret Thatcher elected Prime Minister, 1979 Source News Punks at Sid Vicious (of the Sex Pistols) memorial in London, March, 1979 Source Miepvonsydow Sting, 1979 Source Photoshelter Notting Hill Carnival, 1979 Source Old London Traffic at Victoria on 24 January, 1979 Source 28083135@n06 London, 1979 Source Vintageseveryday Speakers Corner, 1979 Source Georgkindbom Liza Minnelli, Regine’s, London, 1979 Source Thesundaytimes Tony Allen being arrested at Speakers' Corner, 1979 Source Bbc Hyde Park and South Kensington from above, 1979 Source 19787482@n04 Christ Church, Spitalfields, 1979 Source 40630782@n07 Mark Hamill painting a graffiti wall. Source Mark Hamill Things Garbage Strike, London, 1979 Source Businessinsider Route 273 at Ealing Broadway Source Megaanorak Rubbish piles up in Leicester Square while refuse collectors were on strike, 1979 Source Flickriver At the Hope & Anchor pub in Islington, 1979 Source Classic Alternative Camden Market Source Grahamfkerr John Simon Ritchie aka Sid Vicious, 2 February 1979 Source Pu Nk and Stuff Punks in London Source Pu Nk and Stuff In 1979, the 'Knifeboard' Horse bus was back on the streets of London for the 'Omnibus 150' celebrations Source Londonbusmuseum Regent Street, London, 1979 Source Flickriver John Simon Ritchie, aka Sid Vicious, from Lewisham died in 1979 Source Pu Nk and Stuff Lord Mountbatten's ceremonial funeral, 5 September 1979 Source Britishnobility Famous punk clothing store "Boy" on the King's Road Source Old Pics Archive Mods Source Paulwrightuk Mods on Scooters in London, 1979 Source 1970s in Pictures Marvin Gaye at the Royal Albert Hall, 1979 Source Art My Fire Terminal 3, Heathrow Airport, 1979 Source Old London London has changed a lot since 1979! Source Cnn International 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 Sid Vicious memorial march, London, 1979 Source Pu Nk and Stuff Billy Idol, singer of new wave pop group Generation X, at the Lyceum, London, with a friend, 6 September, 1979 Source Seattlepi Bruce Springsteen captured in 1979 outside Hammersmith Odeon Source Londongrrl 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 London tourists in 1979 Source Lovegreatbritain London punk rockers in 1979 Source Old London London, 1979 Source Flickriver The first ever train to run on the Jubilee line to Charing Cross, 1979 Source London Enthusiast Feminist graffiti, 1979 Source Old London Entrance to Selhurst Park, home to Crystal Palace FC, 1979 Source Old London