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