The Friday Photos: Elderly London

TimW
By TimW Last edited 71 months ago
The Friday Photos: Elderly London
Image by Dave Mason
Image by Dave Mason
Intergenerational, by Not Quite Me
Intergenerational, by Not Quite Me
Images by lazy lazy dog
Images by lazy lazy dog
A different class, by Ian Brumpton
A different class, by Ian Brumpton
On Brick Lane, by Captured_moment
On Brick Lane, by Captured_moment
Still fighting it, by Sven Loach
Still fighting it, by Sven Loach
In Borough Market, by Gary Kinsman
In Borough Market, by Gary Kinsman
Image by by Shadow Jumper
Image by by Shadow Jumper
Mural, by Jeremy Seaman
Mural, by Jeremy Seaman

London can, at times, seem devoid of children and the elderly. On the tube and in restaurants and bars, the crowds of our capital are dominated by a 30- or 40-year age range, from students to the late middle aged. In a work-obsessed town, it is perhaps no surprise that people before or after that stage of life are in a minority.

Is London no country for old men? Well, not if you look at this selection (if you will excuse the double negative). We may think of retirement as a rush for the suburbs or seaside, but city living probably has its charms for the elderly. For everyone on the social spectrum, from posh West London widows to old East End geezers, communities in many parts of the capital can be very tight-knit. Also, it's a more interesting place to live, and who says pensioners don't want to have fun?

With thanks to Londonist Flickr pool contributors: Not Quite Me, Dave Mason, Ziemowit Maj, Sven Loach, Captured_moment, Shadow Jumper, Ian Brumpton, Gary Kinsman and Jerry Seaman.

Last Updated 28 September 2012