In Photos: London In The 1930s

By Londonist Staff Last edited 16 months ago
In Photos: London In The 1930s

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.

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

Last Updated 12 May 2017