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.
Admiralty Arch decorated for VE Day celebrations Source Old London VE Day celebrations seen from the Bank of England Source Bbc A V-1 Buzz Bomb plunging towards central London Source World War Ii History Piccadilly Circus on VE Day Source Londonhistorian Abandoned boy holding a soft toy Source History Pics Heathrow Airport Source Buzzfeed Big Ben floodlit on 8 May Source Old London Chelsea V Moscow Dynamo Source Old London VJ Day Source Londonhistorian Burberrys advert from the Illustrated London News Source Burberry Winston Churchill waves to the crowd in Whitehall, VE Day Source Old London Celebrations at Piccadilly Circus, VJ Day Source Londonhistorian Piccadilly Circus Source Old London Charley Brown's pub, Limehouse Source Aucharbon Street party, Lopen Road, Edmonton Source 1900s Westminster and Buckingham Palace Source Buzzfeed Piccadilly Circus Source Old London Trafalgar Square Source Alittlequirk VJ Day street party Source Old London VJ Day street party Source Old London VE Day, 8 May Source History in Pictures VE Day street party, Argyle Road, Edmonton Source 1900s Winston Churchill with General Eisenhower on VE Day Source Michael Beschloss Clement Attlee meeting King George VI after his 1945 election victory
Source Historytoday The Cenotaph, VE Day Source Old London Pacific Show Boat at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith Source Londonhistorian Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs Source Buzzfeed Two small girls wave flags in the rubble of Battersea, VE Day Source Iwm 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
Last Updated 08 January 2019