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.
Garbage Strike, London, 1979 Source Businessinsider Sting, 1979 Source Photoshelter 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 Traffic at Victoria on 24 January, 1979 Source 28083135@N06 Rubbish piles up in Leicester Square while refuse collectors were on strike, 1979 Source Flickriver Route 273 at Ealing Broadway Source Megaanorak Tony Allen being arrested at Speakers' Corner, 1979 Source Bbc London, 1979 Source Vintageseveryday Soho Market, London, 1979 Source Mcmorgan King's Cross station, 1979 Source Blue Diesels Regent Street, London, 1979 Source Flickriver Notting Hill Carnival, 1979 Source Old London London, 1979 Source Flickriver Punks in London Source Pu Nk And Stuff Famous punk clothing store "Boy" on the King's Road Source Old Pics Archive Terminal 3, Heathrow Airport, 1979 Source Old London Billy Idol, singer of new wave pop group Generation X, at the Lyceum, London, with a friend, 6 September, 1979 Source Seattlepi U2 appeared at The Hope and Anchor in London. Mistakenly advertised as 'The U2s', they played to nine people. Source Eric Alper Speakers Corner, 1979 Source Georgkindbom At the Hope & Anchor pub in Islington, 1979 Source Classic Alternative Greenwich Pier, May 1979 Source A London Inheritance Margaret Thatcher elected Prime Minister, 1979 Source News The first ever train to run on the Jubilee line to Charing Cross, 1979 Source London Enthusiast 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 Garbage Strike, London, 1979 Source Businessinsider Feminist graffiti, 1979 Source Old London John Simon Ritchie aka Sid Vicious, 2 February 1979 Source Pu Nk And Stuff Sid Vicious memorial march, London, 1979 Source Pu Nk And Stuff London has changed a lot since 1979! Source Cnn International Sham ’69 – Live At Paris Theatre, London, 1979 Source Pastdaily Police clash with protestors in Southall, west London, 1979 Source Newstatesman London tourists in 1979 Source Lovegreatbritain In 1979, the 'Knifeboard' Horse bus was back on the streets of London for the 'Omnibus 150' celebrations Source Londonbusmuseum 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 Camden Market Source Grahamfkerr Punks at Sid Vicious (of the Sex Pistols) memorial in London, March, 1979 Source Miepvonsydow Marvin Gaye at the Royal Albert Hall, 1979 Source Art My Fire Liza Minnelli, Regine’s, London, 1979 Source Thesundaytimes Mark Hamill painting a graffiti wall. Source Mark Hamill Things Christ Church, Spitalfields, 1979 Source 40630782@N07 Mods on Scooters in London, 1979 Source 1970s In Pictures Lord Mountbatten's ceremonial funeral, 5 September 1979 Source Britishnobility John Simon Ritchie, aka Sid Vicious, from Lewisham died in 1979 Source Pu Nk And Stuff London punk rockers in 1979 Source Old London Mods Source Paulwrightuk Modculture Mod revival, 1979 Source Rob Webb Hyde Park and South Kensington from above, 1979 Source 19787482@N04 Entrance to Selhurst Park, home to Crystal Palace FC, 1979 Source Old London Bruce Springsteen captured in 1979 outside Hammersmith Odeon Source Londongrrl