Even at the height of the Blitz, performances in the West End carried on. A ban on using electricity for outdoor advertising affected Piccadilly Circus for 10 years, which went dark in order to comply with second world war blackout rules. On 2 April 1949 the ban was finally lifted to huge crowds of celebrating Londoners.
Oxford Street, 1940 Source Old London The West End from above, 1945 Source Buzzfeed Lyric Theatre, 1943 Source Old London A wide view of the bomb-damaged shell of the John Lewis department store on London's Oxford Street. Source Old Pics Archive Drinking tea at the Lyons Corner House in Tottenham Court Road Source Sir William Davenant Piccadilly Circus before blackout, 1940 Source Old Pics Archive Queen's Hall in Langham Place during the Blitz Source Londonhistorian The Windmill Theatre, 1940 - 'We Never Close' Source Old London Windmill Theatre girls sleeping in their dressing room, 1940 Source Asketchofthepast Shaftesbury Avenue, 1949 Source Retro Mark Dancers at the Windmill Theatre Source Old London Wally's Barber, St. Martin Street, 21 November 1940 Source Smartchickscommune Londoners seek shelter in Aldwych tube station, 1941 Source History in Pictures Soho, 1947 Source Flashbak.com People outside the Ritz in Leicester Square which was showing Gone With The Wind, 1941 Source Old London Woodstock Street restaurant, 1940 Source Old London Police officer on the Strand Source Old London A restaurant owner removes the word "Italian" from his business in Soho after anti-Italian riots, 1940 Source Disappearing London West End book business basement shelter, Bloomsbury.
Source Flashbak Four young women enjoy a stroll in the spring sunshine along a shopping street in the West End, 1941 Source Iwm Warner West End, now Vue Leicester Square, 1946 Source Bfi Piccadilly Circus, 1940 Source Old Pics Archive Diners in a busy restaurant at Aldwych Source Rob Baker 1942 Source West End, 1948 Source Audrey Hepburn sits backstage during auditions for the musical High Button Shoes, 1948 Source Crowds greet the lights coming back on in the West End, 2 April 1949 Source 'Milk Bar' in New Coventry St, 1941 Source The Eros News Theatre, Piccadilly Source
Last Updated 12 July 2017