The Victorian era is one of England's most famous time periods and studied the world over. It was a time of relative peace, we were introduced to the all seeing eye of Sherlock Holmes and we became obsessed with the paranormal.
London itself faced a deadly battle with smallpox, built new tube lines underground, and started experimenting with style at fashion houses. Take a look at this gallery to see life in Victorian London.
Victorian trick cyclists performing a balancing act, 1891 Source Vintag A shoe salesman with a 1.2 metre square shoe shop, 1900 Source Green Man Dan Traffic on London Bridge, circa 1890 Source Vintag Victorian cyclists, Illustrated London News, 1898 Source Brit Lib Publishing Traders at London's busy market in Covent Garden, circa 1890 Source Vintag A woman walking in Hyde Park in summer, 1895 Source Green Man Dan Tower Bridge construction, 1892 Source Jackieboy86 District Line construction outside Somerset House, 1869 Source Pinterest A cyclist riding a penny farthing over Hammersmith Bridge Source Vintag Horse drawn buses passing a group of sandwich board men down Regent Quadrant, London Source Vintag Victorian horse-drawn omnibuses at London Bridge, 1900 Source Michelle Higgs Middle Temple, 1890s Source Joe Flanagan Sherbert (lemonade) seller, London, 1884 Source Green Man Dan A Victorian fruit seller, 1873 Source Vintag A bus makes its way down Fleet Street towards Ludgate Hill Circus and St Paul's Cathedral, London, circa 1888 Source Vintag Traffic on Regent Circus, now known as Oxford Circus, 1888 Source Vintag Regent Street, circa 1890 Source Vintag Edgware High Street, London, 1890 Source Vintag Toy seller, King William Street, London, 1884 Source Green Man Dan Exterior of Liverpool Street Station in London which is run by Great Eastern Railway and connects passengers with the south east Source Vintag Victorian public disinfectors sanitize the streets after an outbreak of smallpox Source Vintag Traffic on a street in London's Piccadilly circa 1890 Source Vintag The drawing room at 18 Clarendon Square, 1890 Source Clc Archive Leicester Square, 1883 Source Green Man Dan Bermondsey Street. This was not a very desirable area in Victorian times, and many writers documented the smell of rotten Thames water. Source Green Man Dan Cheapside, 1880 Source Green Man Dan Source Vintag Views of Regent Street, c 1900 Source Green Man Dan London as a Second Venice, Harmsworth Magazine, London, 1899 - not terrible for Victorian photoshopping skills Source Londonhistorian A Victorian cabmens' shelter, c.1900 Source Michelle Higgs Old postal sorting room Source Onelondonone A sightseeing coach tour, 1900 Source Discovering London Upper Richmond Road, London, 1895 Source Green Man Dan Source Vintag Match seller, Ludgate Hill, 1892 Source Nika Garrett St James's Theatre was demolished in 1957. It was a favourite of Oscar Wilde Source Fineartamerica