1945 in London. Crowds filled the streets for huge celebrations on V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day) on 8 May, followed by further celebrations on V-J Day (Victory in Japan Day) on 15 August, which finally brought the second world war to a close. Take a look at the pictures below for a snapshot of a monumental year in British history.
Pacific Show Boat at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith Source Londonhistorian Charley Brown's pub, Limehouse Source Aucharbon Two small girls wave flags in the rubble of Battersea, VE Day Source Iwm Piccadilly Circus Source Old London Street party, Lopen Road, Edmonton Source 1900s Big Ben floodlit on 8 May Source Old London The Cenotaph, VE Day Source Old London VE Day celebrations seen from the Bank of England Source Bbc VJ Day Source Londonhistorian Piccadilly Circus on VE Day Source Londonhistorian Admiralty Arch decorated for VE Day celebrations Source Old London Burberrys advert from the Illustrated London News Source Burberry VE Day street party, Argyle Road, Edmonton Source 1900s Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs Source Buzzfeed A V-1 Buzz Bomb plunging towards central London Source World War Ii History Winston Churchill with General Eisenhower on VE Day Source Michael Beschloss Abandoned boy holding a soft toy Source History Pics Heathrow Airport Source Buzzfeed Celebrations at Piccadilly Circus, VJ Day Source Londonhistorian VJ Day street party Source Old London Air raid wardens race to the rescue in Farringdon after a V2 rocket explosion in March Source Bbc Rip was a search and rescue dog, and found 100 London air raid victims between 1940-1941. He received the Dickin Medal for Bravery. Source Historical Images Westminster and Buckingham Palace Source Buzzfeed Piccadilly Circus Source Old London VE Day, 8 May Source History in Pictures Trafalgar Square Source Alittlequirk Clement Attlee meeting King George VI after his 1945 election victory
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Last Updated 07 August 2017