Policemen jumping into the Thames to test life jackets, and a tram driver stopping his vehicle to feed an elephant are just some of the fascinating 1930s London sights captured in photos. Take a look at what else was going on in the capital during that decade.
The Penang in dry dock, Millwall Source Old London Having a break during the construction of Unilever House, Blackfriars Source Old London One cheeky chimpanzee was caught thieving from her keeper, 1934 Source Zsl London Zoo Bus and clippy, 1930s Source Old London A windy evening on London Bridge, 1937 Source Rob Baker Snow covered Trafalgar Square, 1931 Source History in Pictures A boy plays football with a baby giant panda at London Zoo, 1939 Source Historyphotographed 1935 cup final being played at Empire Stadium Source Londonist Boats in front of Battersea Power Station, 1934 Source Loeildelaphotographie Firemen cooling children in a heatwave. Source Sir William Davenant Commuters walking up the steep steps leading out of Westminster Underground station, 1930s Source Historical Pics Two men playing darts in a London pub Source Rob Baker Zeppelin over the Thames Source Old London Peanuts street game, King's Cross, 1930s Source Old London A Tram driver stops to feed an elephant on Grays Inn Road Source Old London King's Cross, 1931 Source Old London Shepherd's Bush Underground station, 1933 Source Old London Sheltering under a police officer's cape Source Old London Charlotte Despard, speaking at an anti-fascist rally in Trafalgar Square, 1933 Source Old London Foyles on Charing Cross Road Source Old London Leaving for the front, 1939 Source Old London A worker installs a K6 phone box Source Old Pics Archive The ruins of the Crystal Palace, London, after it was burned down Source Old London A London Underground member of staff at Leicester Square station, 1933 Source Covent Garden Liverpool Street station, 1930s Source Londonhistorian Dominoes in a north London pub Source Old London British Museum underground station, 1937 Source Old London Firemen on Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell Source Mike Cotton The walking library Source Old London Trocadero theatre, Piccadilly, 1930s Source Old London A lamplighter working in Kensington Source Sir William Davenant Elephant and Castle Source Old London West Ham fans take a moment during a match to view an eclipse of the sun, probably April 1930 Source Old London Having lunch on the roof of Adelaide House, 1934 Source Old London Arsenal fans. Source Old London Doing the Lambeth walk Source Old London London taxi shelter Source Old London Met Police officer herding sheep in Hyde Park Source Old London Sweeney Todd barbers, Fleet Street Source Old London The Duchess of Gloucester leaves Euston station Source Old London Westminster underground station Source Old London Policemen testing life-jackets. Source History in Moments London's first all-darts saloon opens in Tottenham Court Road, 1938 Source Rob Baker A stuntman takes off in a customised plane at Alexandra Palace, 1 August 1930 Source Londonhistorian Ming the panda at London Zoo, 1938 Source Londonhistorian A little girl holds a penguin's flipper as they walk together around London Zoo, 1937 Source Historyphotographed Euston railway station arch, 1934 Source Old London In-house hairdressers at Selfridges, Oxford Street Source Old London Construction workers on the Shell building during a dinner break, 1930s Source Old London The new Hoover factory at Western Avenue, Perivale, July 1935 Source Old London J Young's Eel & Pie shop, Brixton, 1930 Source Old London Street cricket, 1930. Source Old London How makers of the famous London double decker buses proved they weren't a tipping hazard, 1933 Source Old Pics Archive Barge horses waiting for their barge at Bow Bridge Source Old London Buskers dressed as Father Christmas. Creepy Source Rob Baker Battersea Power Station with original two chimneys Source Old London A (thin) London Transport staff member dressed in Father Christmas outfit, loads toys into an Underground delivery van Source Old London Tower Bridge beach. Source Old London Princess Elizabeth and penguins at London Zoo, 1938 Source Dr Huw Lewis Jones Queue for the latest release in Peckham Source Old London Fleet Street, 1930s Source Old London Floods in Putney, 1935 Source Nika Garrett "Basket Jim" of Covent Garden Source Old London An East End rag and bone man doing his rounds. Source Old London Unloading hay at warehouses on South Bank Source Old London Surrey street market, Croydon, 1935 Source Old London The Graf Zeppelin over Wembley during the 1930 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Huddersfield Source Old London Dental check-up for a baby crocodile. London Zoo, 1938 Source History in Pictures Battersea Power Station, 1937 Source Lambeth Walker London Zoo. Note the chains Source Zsl London Zoo Selling hot chestnuts in a Soho Street, 1930s Source Old London A Soho pub Source Old London Penguin Pool London Zoo, 1934 Source Old Architecture Cleaning the face of The Great Clock, Elizabeth Tower (better known as Big Ben) Source Londonhistorian Westminster Bridge, 1930s Source Old London 1930s fashion Source Old London Cleaning Justice over the Old Bailey Source Old London Westminster Bridge Source Old London Rent demonstration in east London, 1930s Source Old London Waterloo Street in Hammersmith Source Old London German zeppelin over London Source Old London Arsenal fans queue to get in to Highbury. Source Old London Queuing at the Oval cricket ground Source Old London Neighbours, 1930s Source Old London The Cabarete girls at the Paradise club in Regent Street Source Old London North Bank, West Ham, 1930s Source Old London Covent Garden, 1930s Source Old London That old East End staple, jellied eels. Source Old London Workmen dismantling the clock outside the Daily Telegraph for the building’s remodel Source Old London Women at work in a toy car factory in Walthamstow. Source Old London A policeman judges an ankle competition in Hounslow Source History in Pictures Pigs crossing Camden Road, August 1935 Source Classic Pics The Old Vic Theatre, Waterloo Source Old London Port of London, 1930s Source Old London It seems everyone in the 1930s wore a hat Source Old London Heatwave in London, 1934 Source Old London